>Still, it’s not like a book can give you polio.

>From the would-be author who insists to his would-be editor that “my grandkids love this story” to the award committee member who says “my ten-year-old thought this book was boooorrrring,” the children’s book world is replete with those who use their own children as test subjects. Expanding the notion of “my kids” to those children […]

>Support your local superstore!

>A. Bitterman has some tips! He does bring up a moral question that vexes me, though. If I want a copy of, say, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (which Betsy Hearne says I do), am I morally required to go out of my way to purchase it at an independent bookseller? There […]

>When the Joke’s On You

>I’m having some trouble with PW editor Sara Nelson’s hand-wringing over the use of King & King by advocates of California’s Proposition 8, which this past Tuesday overturned the right of gay couples to get married in that state. Nelson was upset by a TV ad produced by the Yes on 8 campaign that featured […]

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.

>Well, that’s one way around it.

>Jezebel has a post up about the recent challenge to Of Mice and Men at a Kansas City high school for use of the word nigger. I liked this comment from “Miss Scarlet in the hall with a . . .”:In middle school I knew a girl who “objected” to Huckleberry Finn because of the […]

>There’s a thousand library trustees just like her.

>I wouldn’t elect Sarah Palin to anything, but this old censorship charge is really reaching. As far as we know, as mayor of Wasilla she asked the public library director three times about the possibility of removing “objectionable” books from the collection. Three times the director said no. (Positively biblical!) Then Palin tried to fire […]

>How Green Are Its Pocketses

>PW’s Rick Simonson has some uncomfortable questions for Chelsea Green, the publisher who is wrapping itself in virtue and giving Amazon first dibs on its new Obama book at the same time. Fuse #8 has been hosting a serendipitous discussion on the propensity of book blogs to link to you-know who. I’m so old I […]

>Fans and readers

>We didn’t receive a review copy of Stephenie Meyer’s Breaking Dawn, so you won’t find any spoilers here. What I’ve been finding fascinating in a train-wreck kind of way are the vox populi debates over at Amazon.com, particularly a discussion thread attempting to start a RETURN THIS BOOK campaign in protest of Meyer’s “betrayal” of […]

>Somebody owes Lisa Yee a Mac

> (Thanks to Lolly Robinson for the tip.)

>In lieu of a gift

>I’m guessing they’re too busy to read this but maybe you’re not.