>As Alice Rosenbaum turns in her grave

>With this hell that is my cold (not just mine; everybody at the Horn Book is taking turns staying home sick, and over on Facebook Elizabeth said she felt like she was three dwarfs at once: Dopey, Sneezy and Grumpy) I’m sorry I haven’t been here for a few days. I did have a bright […]

>Marcia, Marcia, Marcia

>Maureen McCormick won’t be seeing Tropic Thunder because she doesn’t like the plotline involving an actor’s bid for an Oscar by playing “Simple Jack,” a–as Tropic Thunder calls it–“retard.”:I want to add my two cents to the opinions on whether it’s offensive to the mentally challenged. I know Ben Stiller has said that he’s making […]

>Listen to Grandma

>In reading Jill Lepore’s New Yorker account of the battle between E. B. White and Anne Carroll Moore, I couldn’t help finding my sympathies more with the old lady. Lepore seems to favor E. B. and Katharine White because they’re more sophisticated, the cool kids. Moore’s the earnest, humorless battle-axe, given to such pronouncements as […]

>Yes, and you’re not helping

>Woman to man this evening, overheard as I’m jogging by: “Your English skills are deplorable.”

>It’s Not Easy . . .

>. . . to make fun of a satirist but by gum these geniuses have done it.