>Bring your own mushrooms

>Chelsey reviews the new Alice in Wonderland.

>When I was a lad,

>Boston Latin was where the smart kids went. No more. [Update] The Boston.com story has been updated and now makes a lot more sense.

>Framed

>I hope some of you can join me at the Eric Carle Museum to hear the Horn Book’s own Lolly Robinson talk about what happens to picture book pictures when you hang them on a wall someplace and maybe somebody buys them and then maybe somebody buys them again or maybe nobody buys them and […]

>I Blame America

>For yet another made-up memoir. As a culture we’ve become convinced that only real stories are true stories, or do I have that the wrong way around? Tangentially, does anyone else think it’s hilarious that the book tour for an addiction memoir is sponsored by Starbucks?

>Happy Birthday, Judy!

>Martha told me she heard this morning on “Writer’s Almanac” that today is Judith Krantz’s birthday. (I guess there is hope for NPR.) There are lots of writers I admire, respect, enjoy, but Krantz is the one I love the most. It’s not the sex and clothes (although she writes well about both) but the […]

>Another Phone Call from the Past

>I realized a forty-year-old dream last night when we went to see a community theater production of Hair. The Rent of its day–although far more transgressive–Hair was the Big Thing for little show-tune freaks, given even more appeal by the fact that we had to listen to the record (which was all we knew of […]

>"Crap, here comes Teacher!"

>In the comments on the earlier post about dueling reviews, `h wrote: Speaking of the good stick. There’s something I’d like you to measure — heavy handed instruction — when an author sticks something into the text that clearly doesn’t fit in order to model some lesson– girls are just as smart as boys, or […]