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Archives for May 2007

Lloyd Alexander

I have an appreciation of Lloyd Alexander, who died this morning, promised for later, but for now I’d like to direct your attention to this letter he wrote to Horn Book editor Ruth Hill Viguers long ago.

>But Sammy the Snot Who Lives in Your Nose? Sure!

>Publishers Weekly alerts us to the latest buy-an-agent scam; I love e-literary agent‘s sage analysis of the publishing market: “because this is a highly competitive business, we recommend that you take the time to run your manuscript through a spell check.” If they wanted to tip us off that they were wolves after sheep, well, […]

>Maybe they were on to something,

>those YA writerswho madespareness of linelook likepoetry. The company Live Ink believes this in fact is a more efficient way to read prose. Look here to see what they’ve done with Moby-Dick.

>The Five Thousand Acre, Thirty Billion Dollar Wood

>Lolly Robinson reveals another tree-creature, this one sprouting from the greens of Harvard:

>Nudge nudge wink wink

>Equally inspired and deflated by the imminent release of the third Shrek movie, Time‘s James Poniewozik has an article this week about the fracturing of fairy tales in both movies and books. He’s right about how such twisted retellings can appeal to both children and their accompanying adults (“the Shrek movies have a nigh-scientific formula […]

>When something’s not as cool as you thought it was.

>That last thread about the tree-face which I thought had been handcrafted by a local free spirit but which turned out to be only the latest thing in lawn ornaments, brings me to another question: why do I now think the tree-face is kind of tacky just because there are thousands like it around the […]

>Neighborhood watch

>This appeared on my street the other night. What’s next, flying monkeys? Update P.S. Go here to see any illusions you had about whimsical public art destroyed.

>My view exactly; if only we could convince the rest of the world.

>”Nothing satisfies the appetite for allegory quite like a movie about flesh-eating zombies”– The NY Times’s A.O. Scott on 28 Weeks Later.

>Brahma, mon dieux!

>We saw one of my favorite operas on Sunday, Bizet’s The Pearl Fishers, premiered in 1863 and putatively set in Ceylon. Its big tune, a duet for tenor and baritone, is apparently England’s perennial number one favorite. The Opera Boston production we saw played the Orientalism up to the hilt, with shadow puppets, projections of […]

>Hometown Hero

>Although he has graced New York for many decades, obdurate Illinoisan Richard Peck, late of Decatur and Rogers Park, came home to a hero’s welcome at the 25th Zena Sutherland lecture last Friday, garnering the largest audience yet at that event. Peck is a gifted speaker, with a particular talent for making people feel like […]