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>Help Arthur reclaim his heritage!

>So Marc Brown’s Arthur is looking for a new friend. How about . . . an aardvark?

>What’s with all the flashbacks?

>I wish I could find this great example Florence King gave of a sentence filled with clauses and “had”s and “had had”s that indicated that an author “had failed to begin her story far enough back in time.” Flashbacks are ruining my prime-time experience. Lost, Heroes, Damages, even Without a Trace–it seems like they can’t […]

>Listen to the children, one more time

>Scholastic gets out the vote. And so does Hayden Panettiere (sound NSFW, but I was grateful to learn how she pronounces her name). Personally, I wish she spent less time on electioneering and more on making Heroes stop sucking so hard.

>I’ll have to remember this argument come January.

> From the NYT report on the Emmy Awards, interviewing David Shore, executive producer of House: “There are awards for [popularity]; they’re called ratings,” Mr. Shore said. “There are really good shows on cable, and even if only 10 people are watching them, if they’re good they should be recognized.”

>That Marilyn McCoo Thing

>Editors, have you ever come across something in a manuscript that seems like a wild left turn, an odd fact or digression whose relevance is completely indiscernible and whose presence is clearly only made accountable by the perverse willfulness of the author? I had to explain this phenomenon to another editor today. (Don’t ask why.) […]

>Holding Out for a Hero?

>Claire’s got a whole bunch of them for you. And speaking of which, was that show (Heroes) canceled or what?

>But I Play One on TV

>Elissa told me that Parker Posey’s character in the new Fox sitcom The Return of Jezebel James is a HarperCollins children’s book editor. Any reports?

>Then He Can Paint My Bathroom Blue

>I’m told that Eric Carle provides the inspiration for this Sunday’s edition of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition on ABC at 8:00PM EST. I do like his colors. Now may we please see Babymouse as the guest judge on Project Runway?

>Vote for Claire!

>cuz she’s got a new booklist up about politics. And speaking of which, did anyone catch Al Gore on 30 Rock last night? He’s huge.

>Book TV

>I’ve never watched it. Is it really this bad?