>Dasher, Dancer, Dunder and Jesus

>More Christmas sadness–“Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer” got temporarily yanked for its “religious overtones.” (That must be the Mongolian throat-singing version.)

>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 […]

>(Un)block that metaphor!

>”We have turned off the spigot, but we have a very robust pipeline”–Houghton Mifflin Harcourt spokesman Josef Blumenfeld, explaining the company’s rationale for ordering its editors to stop acquiring manuscripts. No, Joe, what you have turned off is the water supply, rendering both the pipeline AND spigot irrelevant.

>Fun with Intertextuality

>I’m not even completely clear on who the Watchman really is, but this is really fun. But can I just say how much I have always loathed W. C. W.’s poem about the plums in the icebox? We-coulda-made-pie versus some poet’s fucking sensitivity–is it even a contest?

>Well, it’s not like there’s an election or financial crisis or anything.

>So I’m glad our hardworking Massachusetts legislators are doing their bit to declare Moby-Dick the “state epic novel.” How many of them do you think have read it? (I haven’t.)

>Urban legend alert

>If one more person sends me that list of books Sarah Palin tried to ban from the library I’m gonna vote for Nader.

>If the substitution is that simple, there’s something wrong with the sentence.

>Another one from the Guardian, about a little furor surrounding Jacqueline Wilson’s latest, My Sister Jodie: “The word ‘twat’ was used in context. It was meant to be a nasty word on purpose, because this is a nasty character,” said a spokesperson for Random House. “However, Jacqueline doesn’t want to offend her readers or her […]

>Listen to the Children When They Are Holding Sharp Sticks!

>The listservs are ablaze this morning with talk about a children’s knitting club being banned from the library. I’m guessing the ban will be lifted by the end of the day; meanwhile, I sure wish I could knit–it would be great to make myself useful while watching the synchronized diving, and, since we’re currently reviewing […]

>After the Gold Farm Rush

>Due to the enthusiastic spamming of the Chinese gold farm miners, I’ve enabled comment moderation on this blog, meaning that I have to approve your comment before it appears. But flare and flame away, as I’m only using it to stop spam (and, as before, off-topic personal attacks on others than myself). Not that a […]