>An object lesson in metaphorical consonance

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>Looking over his shoulder

>and not liking what he sees, Stephen King dismisses Stephenie Meyer as not able to “write worth a darn. She’s not very good.” What do you think possessed the old gas bag? Maybe he doesn’t like the way she spells her name? In mentioning his “formative influence” on J. K. Rowling and praising her work, […]

>I don’t need a story tonight, but thanks.

>The New York Times has picked up on the story about British mums and dads disdaining fairytales. The Times reporter adds a concern of her own: “My own question about these tales — Brother Grimm, Hans Christian Andersen, Disney (original and adapted) — has always been: where are the mothers?” I would tell her but […]

>J.K. Rowling wishes they paid by the word.

>Agent Amanda Urban on the economics of book publishing: “Books can only support a certain retail price,” she said. “It’s not like you have books that can be Manolo Blahniks and books that can be Cole Haan. Books are books. A book by James Patterson costs the same as a book by some poet.” Which […]

>Demography and the Newbery

>Here’s a link to that Bloomberg article we were discussing in yesterday’s post.

>Not since . . .

>For those of you lucky enough to live in the Bay Area, the Oakland Public Library is again sponsoring its Mock Newbery discussion, this year at the Golden Gate branch. (I would love to be able to tell people I worked at the “Golden Gate Library.”) Librarians Sharon McKellar and Nina Lindsay have assembled a […]

>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?

>Well, it’s not like there’s an election or financial crisis or anything.

>So I’m glad our hardworking Massachusetts legislators are doing their bit to declare Moby-Dick the “state epic novel.” How many of them do you think have read it? (I haven’t.)

>"Well, here’s one thing in the mail that is not a bill."

>Said Beverly Cleary in her Newbery acceptance speech, quoting from a letter written to her by a young reader. Cleary went on to bemoan the cookie-cutter class-assignment letters she received by the thousands, and who can blame her? But who can top her? Lisi Harrison (The Clique), that’s who, caught by Chasing Ray in a […]

>Holding Mary Sue’s Feet to the Fire

>If these are the questions I don’t want to see the answers.