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Archives for August 2007

>Oops! I did it again

>Via a colleague, I was recently warned by someone “just trying to be helpful” to refrain from political commentary on this blog. The thinking was that making fun of Republicans was not good for children’s books, the one place, apparently, where we all get along. And children’s books have certainly been good to the Republicans. […]

>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 […]

>I meant that about the pencils

>Yesterday’s announcement re the September 2008 special issue (“School”) has already reeled in its first submission, and yes, all of you are Called even while I can’t speak to who is Chosen until I’ve seen what ya got. Since I’m devoting this month to cranking out prose I thought I might give you the chance […]

Still looking ahead

if not so far as Christmas, Claire Gross has compiled a list of starred school stories for all you kids who need to start getting in the mood now. And on a related note, and for the truly hardcore delayed gratification junkies, I’m pleased to announce the theme of our 2008 special issue: School. Pencils […]

>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 […]

>I thought we were over this

>But apparently not. Where I think listening to instead of reading a book-club selection might get you in trouble would be if another member challenged you to point out textual evidence for whatever point you were making. When the book under discussion is He’s Just Not That Into You, however, maybe that problem doesn’t come […]