Three to read (plus a bonus video): March 15

One bizarre story in the mix and even a bonus video.

One: Books Women Read When No One Can See the Cover by Katherine Rosman of the WSJ

I am a well-established fan of ereaders. I loved both of the Nooks that I had and now love my iPad even more. It’s essentially how I read everything. But this story caught me by surprise. Apparently the rise of ereaders has led to a big jump in sales of erotic novels to women.

From the story: Kindles, iPads and Nooks “are the ultimate brown paper wrapper,” says Brenda Knight, associate publisher at Cleis Press, of Berkeley, Calif., a publisher of erotica since 1980.

Mainstream publishers are launching digital-only erotic labels to feed demand. At the end of the month, HarperCollins UK will launch Mischief Books, with the tag line “private pleasures with a hand-held device.”

Who knew?

Two: Swisher wants to be taken seriously by Daniel Barbarisi of the WSJ

During my days as a sportswriter, I covered the Oakland A’s during the last weekend of the series as they were going to be the possible first-round playoff opponent of the Twins. I think I talked to Nick Swisher every day that weekend and again when the two teams did meet. Dude is a joy. He’s funny, he’s interesting, etc. Because of that, I’ve kind of always liked the brash outfielder. And the dude can play a bit as well.

From the story: “I want to be known as a good guy in the locker room, and a bada– on the field,” Swisher said.”

That would be badass.

Three: Coach was doomed without Walsh by Harvey Araton of the NYT

I didn’t read all the NY tabs about the Mike D’Antoni’s move out of the role of head coach of the New York Knicks, so I can’t say this was the best take. But it provided great insight. And it crushes both ownership and confirmed coach killer Carmelo Anthony.

Bonus video: A friend posted this on Facebook and I’m taking it. The BBC of places did a nice story about what is essentially segregation in St. Louis. Very interesting story. Not exactly sure how to embed this video, so I’m just linking. It is worth a watch.

Crossing a St. Louis street that divides communities

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