>When Renee Fleming announced that upon consideration she would not, in fact, be singing Norma at the Met (or anyplace else), my first thought was, good call, Renee, but my second was to wonder if writers have any equivalent kind of challenge. Bellini’s Norma is something of a Mount Everest for sopranos. She’s an allegedly […]
>is up for your reading pleasure. This list will be published in the January/February issue of the Horn Book Magazine.
>Try and rewrite this story, forwarded to me by Kitty and Zoe, as an episode in a YA novel by: a) Jack Gantosb) Cecily von Ziegesarc)Chris Crutcherd) Paula Fox Compare and contrast. I thought of including Ron Koertge among the choices, but this scene already practically happens in his first novel Where the Kissing Never […]
>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 […]
>those YA writerswho madespareness of linelook likepoetry. The company Live Ink believes this in fact is a more efficient way to read prose. Look here to see what they’ve done with Moby-Dick.
>”Nothing satisfies the appetite for allegory quite like a movie about flesh-eating zombies”– The NY Times’s A.O. Scott on 28 Weeks Later.
>Yes, that’s trinitite, the mineral created in 1945 in Alamogordo, New Mexico, when scientists exploded the world’s first atomic bomb. A sample of it is here held in the hand of Ellen Klages, author of The Green Glass Sea, winner of the 2007 Scott O’Dell Award for Historical Fiction. I met Ellen and her trinitite […]