>Double-dipping

>It’s not just George. Opera Chic led me to Gramophone‘s (my second-favorite magazine in the world) plan to sell CDs and downloads on their site. Gramophone is primarily in the business of reviewing classical music CDs; if they (to employ the British usage!) are also selling them, it raises the question of editorial independence–presumably, a […]

>Felt So Nice I Did It Twice

>Galleycat has a piece on a Las Vegas writer doing two different–very different–reviews of a book about his city, one for USA Today and the other for Las Vegas Weekly. I did that a couple of times, reviewing the same book for The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books and the New York Times […]

>Art on the wall

>This is Lolly Robinson, Horn Book designer, posting at Roger’s invitation. (Thanks, Rog.) First a confession: My attention has been divided lately and I might have left my heart in Santa Barbara. Not romantically like Judy G., but I’ve been moonlighting on an exhibition that turned into one of those magical collaborative work experiences in […]

>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?

>For reals?

>I’d like to take a moment to thank HarperCollins for putting a nail into the coffin of a word that’s long outlived its usefulness. Explaining their plans to publish a series that will provide opportunities for product placement, Harper children’s boss Susan Katz explains: “If you look at Web sites, general media or television, corporate […]

>Money

>In the February issue of Harper‘s, Ursula K. LeGuin has some interesting things to say about reading (“reading is active, an act of attention, of absorbed alertness–not all that different from hunting, in fact, or from gathering”) and publishing (“What’s in this dismal scene for you, Mr. Corporate Executive? Why don’t you just get out […]

>Wasn’t that the short one that Robin McKinley loathed?

>How the heck do you wring two movies out of The Hobbit?

>A different movie

>Claire is going to be reviewing The Golden Compass for you all, so let me skip my opinions on that for the moment to recommend what we saw as the first half of our Saturday night double-feature: Enchanted. Pretty hilarious if insidious, too, wrapping a Disney-princess-power theme in so many layers of parody and sincerity […]

>But enough about you

>This idea of the internet as a solipsistic wonderland–oh wow! You’re reading my blog!–really gained ground this weekend with two of our leading internet magazines–Salon and Slate–each using the premier of The Golden Compass as a springboard for people to talk about themselves while pretending to do otherwise. I have a lot of respect for […]

>As Claire originally began her review, WTF?

>So keep that in mind when you read her review of The Seeker.