>And would Jane Eyre Twitter?

>Elizabeth sent me this link to the end of literature as we know it.

>Winnie lives

>In my new fascination with readers-as-fans, I’ve been visiting fanfiction.net, where readers become writers, choosing their own adventures for Harry, Hermione, and Bella (is that name an hommage to Mr. Lugosi?). While the site has more than 350,000 Harry Potter stories and 32,000 Twilights, who would have thought that Tuck Everlasting would have 182? Here’s […]

>Actually, should you even be here?

>Is reading on the web going to destroy our children’s ability to read books? Does it matter? Here’s an excellent article on those questions. Have you noticed how much the web likes to talk about itself? That’s what I find worrying!

>I Blame America

>For yet another made-up memoir. As a culture we’ve become convinced that only real stories are true stories, or do I have that the wrong way around? Tangentially, does anyone else think it’s hilarious that the book tour for an addiction memoir is sponsored by Starbucks?

>Oh, Santa, Please, Please, Please!

> I told you Martha and I were writing a book, but apparently somebody, um, beat us to it. More than a century ago.

>And then they were upon her, and with good reason, too.

>Fuse8 posts a link to what she accurately characterized as another hand-wringing piece about allegedly depressing YA novels on reading lists, but I am even more depressed by the author (a professor of creative writing, no less) condemning some “young adult fiction”, unnamed, where “a town holds a lottery. At first it seems like an […]

>Uh-oh

>So Baby Einstein is actually bad for babies? While this study will probably only provoke more rounds of the coffee-hurts-you-coffee-helps-you kinds of further studies, I’d love to let the Freakonomics guys loose on this one. There are so many other correlations: if the Baby Einstein videos don’t do what they promise, it could be because […]

>He Knows When You’re Asleep at the Wheel, Too

>Yep, it’s 96 degrees out there but we’ve started pulling together our “Holiday Books” review section for the November issue. We will have some good books to tell you about there, I promise, but meanwhile I thought I would mention three concepts that might need to go back to Santa’s workshop for some retooling: –celebrating […]

>And here I thought Monday would be timely.

>But the New York Times and Baltimore Sun got the jump on us, with reviews today of the new Harry Potter. And bravo to them: while Scholastic is entitled to try and stoke the flames of publicity–I mean, “preserve the magic moment”–by insisting on all kinds of secrecy, it’s equally the job of the press […]