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Archives for October 2008

>November/December Horn Book Magazine

>The new issue is wending its way to your mailbox and we’ve posted selected excerpts online, including a three-way take on e-books and our annual list of the best holiday books. Does this mean I can finally start listening to Christmas carols?

>Fun with Intertextuality

>I’m not even completely clear on who the Watchman really is, but this is really fun. But can I just say how much I have always loathed W. C. W.’s poem about the plums in the icebox? We-coulda-made-pie versus some poet’s fucking sensitivity–is it even a contest?

>Yes, boys, but when no one is looking?

>Katie Couric apparently asked McCain and Obama about their favorite books and got pretty convincing answers: McCain chose For Whom the Bell Tolls and Obama Song of Solomon. As I said in the comments on yesterday’s post re Palin’s reading choices, “What are you reading?” and “What is your favorite book?” aren’t as easy to […]

>There Is No Shame in Loving The DaVinci Code

>People magazine (November 3, 2008 issue) gives Sarah Palin three chances to enlarge on her claim to be a “voracious reader” and three times she escapes: People: What do you like to read? Palin: Autobiographies, historical pieces–really anything and everything. Besides the kids and sports, reading is my favorite thing to do. People: What are […]

>State Birds and Foods of Many Lands

>In the most recent Booklist, Michael Cart wonders why “curriculum-related nonfiction” hasn’t “migrated more or less completely to the Internet by now.” Me, too: hardcover series books about countries of the world, mammals of Asia, rocks and minerals of the fifty states, etc. still proliferate like crazy, even though the information they contain is available […]

>Think Pink!

>Mitali Perkins Facebooked and Twittered a question to her friends: “should an author describe the race of a character or leave it to the reader’s imagination?” Good question, and she got some good answers. (Thanks, Gail, for the tip.) It’s a question we also face in reviewing–when do we mention the ethnicity or skin color […]

>Take my kid–please.

>I keep imagining how different writers might approach making a story out of the unintended consequences of Nebraska’s “safe haven” law. The idea that your parents could give you up–or give up on you–so capriciously (and lawfully) is like a Maurice Sendak Nyquil nightmare. In The Grounding of Group Six Julian F. Thompson found a […]

The perils, once again, of the passive voice

The headline led me to believe this was another old-school Chicago scandal but it’s apparently just shameless bribery at work.

>Read and Grow Thin

>The New York Times is reporting that reading a novel about weight loss can help you lose weight. I’d love to believe this. But don’t.

>Help me out?

>Martha and I are looking for illustrations for our forthcoming book for parents and want to include an iconic cover or illustration from a YA book that shows a teen reading. Any bells ringing? I was hopeful for The Book Thief but it’s got dominoes.