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Archives for September 2007

>Mr. Todd, continued

>There’s a characterful obituary of Mr. Todd in today’s Boston Globe.

>Let’s play "peel the label."

>I haven’t touched the stuff in years, but this NYT booze blog piece querying the value of blind tastings has me thinking about book reviewing, prompted by its rhetorical question, “why are book critics permitted to know who wrote what they are reading?” The question of how a critic’s judgment is affected by his or […]

>Kathy Griffin Isn’t the Only One to Drag Jesus into It

>And at least she was funny. Last month, we got a letter from a woman who decided she wanted to cancel her subscription to the Magazine because of Patty Campbell’s report on the word fuck, Susan Patron’s account of the little scrotum that could (and did) and our then upcoming special issue on gender, the […]

>Developmentally Delighted

>This Newsweek story about the over-diagnosis of developmental problems in kids reminds me of a discussion in my children’s lit class in library school. We were all enthusiastically talking about Harriet the Spy until one student, an infiltrator from the psych. department, sputtered, “I can’t believe you all are recommending children read this book about […]

>A typical office conversation

>. . . is the subject of our latest podcast. Yes. Kitty and I while away the precious minutes between editing philosophizing about the big picture. We never talk about TV, for example, or our coworkers’ sartorial choices. So have a listen to what passes for gossip in the Horn Book offices. Kitty has also […]

>R.I.P Thomas Todd

>The Horn Book’s publisher and president emeritus Thomas Todd has died at the age of eighty-nine. Mr. Todd had been a part of the Horn Book since his youth, as his father had been our first printer. He was a good boss and a good man. Please see publisher Anne Quirk’s memorial notice here.

>"The Writing of Fantasy": Susan Cooper and Gregory Maguire

>Last Friday Daryl Mark (of the Cambridge P.L.) and I went over to MIT to look over the new location that anticipatory enthusiasm for the evening seemed to demand. So, we’re still on for the program with Susan Cooper and Gregory Maguire, we’re still talking about the writing and reading of fantasy, and it’s still […]

>Madeleine L’Engle

>We commemorate Madeleine L’Engle with a profile written by her husband for the Horn Book on the occasion of her 1963 Newbery Medal. And we’ve got some reviews of her work up as well. I like what Ruth Hill Viguers wrote about The Arm of the Starfish; it can be said of L’Engle’s work as […]

>We had joy, we had fun

>Perhaps inspired by the Spring Awakening music (too rockeroo for the high-school me but I love it now), I was tempted by this top one hundred songs of your senior year meme, but had to swiftly back away when I saw what they were. I don’t recognize half of them and won’t own to remembering […]

>Adolescent upsets

>In addition to the satisfying spectacle of Maria Sharapova being picked off by a younger (and quieter!) player, I was also treated this past weekend to a superb exposition of teen angst, in the unlikely Broadway musical Spring Awakening. Based on Frank Wedekind’s 1891 German play, the show and catchy tunes are pure YA: love, […]