>Fiction doing backflips

>In watching the three Bourne movies in close succession over the past week, Richard and I spotted a neat thing we had missed when viewing them at the theater: the final scene of the second movie, The Bourne Supremacy, is also the climax of the third movie, The Bourne Ultimatum, with a completely different dramatic […]

>Back from NYC

>and a fine trip it was. Monday evening I had the chance to meet scads of people from the child_lit listserv including its creator Michael Joseph, whose glasses I want but don’t think I could pull off (him or on me). The food was just-okay–wild boar shouldn’t be as boring as this one was–but the […]

>RedSoxtober

>Barring funerals, pretty much the only time I hear from my now far-flung McNally relatives is when the Red Sox are doing well at whatever it is they do. Which, I guess, they’ve done. Honestly, I feel like I should trade houses with my California (or Delaware, Maryland . . .) cousins, because while I […]

>More on Lloyd Alexander

>We’ve posted further information about Lloyd Alexander here. And below, fervent Alexander fan and my best friend Elizabeth Law offers some of her own thoughts: Lloyd Alexander is one of my favorite writers of all time, as well as one of my most influential. As a child and young adult, I read the Chronicles of […]

>Lloyd Alexander

>I have an appreciation of Lloyd Alexander, who died this morning, promised for later, but for now I’d like to direct your attention to this letter he wrote to Horn Book editor Ruth Hill Viguers long ago.

Lloyd Alexander Letter to Ruth Hill Viguers (June 1, 1965)

Lloyd Alexander letter, 1965

  1 June, 1965 Dear Ruth: I hope it’s permissible for an author to spend an inordinate number of hours in gleeful pride (or prideful glee?) over a  review in THE HORN BOOK. In any case, that’s what I’ve been doing. Well, needless to say I’m delighted you liked THE BLACK CAULDRON. Seriously delighted, for […]