Speaking as one old fart to another

Somebody asked on the previous post (and I STILL need your questions) what I thought about Nicholas Kristof’s recommendations for summer reading. Not much–any list of the Thirteen Best Books is pretty random and thus useless and I have to wonder whether, in including the Hardy Boys, he means the ones he read as a […]

>No chance against Dick

>My weeding and re-shelving project has uncovered another gem, Fredric Wertham’s 1954 Seduction of the Innocent, a jeremiad about the corrupting influence of comic books: “Sometimes Batman ends up in bed injured and young Robin is shown sitting next to him. At home they lead an idyllic life. They are Bruce Wayne and “Dick” Grayson. […]

>Something to whet your appetites

>Claire reviews the movie Twilight.

>Why Can’t a Woman?

>On Saturday March 1st at 1:00PM, I’ll be at the Eric Carle Museum, moderating a panel discussion inspired by our earlier conversation about why women don’t win the Caldecott Medal as often as they might. The panelists for “Read Roger Live” will include illustrator Jane Dyer, children’s-books sexpert Robie Harris, Viking publisher Regina Hayes, and […]

>I thought we were over this

>But apparently not. Where I think listening to instead of reading a book-club selection might get you in trouble would be if another member challenged you to point out textual evidence for whatever point you were making. When the book under discussion is He’s Just Not That Into You, however, maybe that problem doesn’t come […]