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Hbook Podcast 1.26 – Stranger Things


Podcast the 26th in which Siân and Roger talk about Stranger Things (and crossover books and other TV shows and The Eighties). People we talk about GraceAnne Decandido Steven Spielberg Zena Sutherland Jules Danielson Books we talk about Stephen King’s Dark Tower series Before the Fall by Noah Hawley The Three Investigators series J. K. […]

“They’re here.”


So that TV show whose name I could not remember on today’s podcast is Stranger Things, which Richard and I Netflixed assiduously in a handful of evenings. People are loving the throwback allusions, but my experience of 80s adolescence is entirely secondhand and spotty: I was a youth services librarian for most of the decade but […]

Because I am not. One of your. FANS.


In this week’s Horn Book Podcast, Siân talks with Mackenzi Lee (This Monstrous Thing) about how they found kindred spirithood via The Raven Boys; and about fandom, fan fiction, and ‘shipping (there totally should be an apostrophe so shut up). I admire the impulse and envy the enthusiasm but so not my thing. I’m reminded of a […]

We don’t need no stinkin’ reviews

The news about Metropolitan Opera general manager Peter Gelb squelching Opera News is pretty juicy stuff.  While I can sympathize with the man’s wincing at criticisms of his productions in his magazine, surely he must have known that there’s no way the new policy is going to do any favors for him or the Met. […]

Okay, maybe I DO watch too much TV


But I just listened to Mindy Kaling’s Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (and Other Concerns). It was all very agreeably bubbly, but don’t go looking for dirt on The Office–the one chapter devoted to the show is perfunctory, as if Kalin is satisfying a contractual obligation. What I loved most about the book was […]

A great shout-out


This is even better than Glenn Close invoking If You Give a Mouse a Cookie in Air Force One. Richard and I are up to season eight of MI-5 (Spooks to you Brits), which opens with the return of my lady-crush agent Ruth but whose emotional trajectory is provided by the team’s tech whiz and […]

Happy new year, and welcome to a perfect new-year baby


Here we are in Provincetown with friend Pam (other friend Lori was taking the picture), replete from days of Chex Mix and chocolate and Yahtzee, a game I thought I had mastered after years of battling AI opponents only to lose every time in this my first experience with the non-virtual dice variety. Also did […]

>Rowling on Lifetime–this could be good. Snort.

>But at least Sam got a new job! I’m so happy she’s moved on–Brian was a total wimp and Jack would only break her heart again.

>In a perfect world Hawaii Five-O would be the number one show

>I would love to be a Nielsen family, but I have never understood why the TV industry still relies on sampling for data. And apparently they will have to change.

>October Notes

>The latest issue of Notes is out, with five questions for Rosemary Wells about Max and Ruby (they should do a live-action remake with Bobby and Sally Draper, no?) and reviews of new picture books, nonfiction, chapter books and YA fantasy. Damn, what isn’t published in a series these days? Off to New York to […]