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Archives for September 2008

>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.”

>Princess Delite

>”Speed straight to the happy ending, without stopping to think about the story along the way.” Boston Globe critic Joanna Weiss has a great piece on the contemporary commodification of fairy tales.

>From the land of the long white cloud

>Elissa is back from Middle-Earth–and tea with Margaret Mahy, who apparently lives in a cliff. For today’s pop quiz, translate and i.d. the following: “Ki raro au!” hei tā ikā.E kore pai ki āu!Ki raro!” hei tā ikā“E KORE au hia takā!”

>From the people who brought you . . .

>As Peter observed in another context last Sunday, so many people have Ursula Nordstrom spinning in her grave that it must be like a blender in there. This won’t help.

>R.I.P. Coleen Salley

>Horn Book publisher Anne Quirk writes: Coleen Salley died yesterday. Her professional life was spent mostly at the University of New Orleans, where she was a distinguished professor of children’s literature, and that’s the excuse most of us in children’s book publishing used for inviting her out for dinner whenever we were within hailing distance […]

>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.) […]

>In other news, dog bites man

>The author of Daddy’s Roommate is shocked–shocked–that Sarah Palin disapproves of his book. And to paraphrase Florence King, when will liberals learn to think before they speak? To complain that Sarah Palin “has a small town mind” is not helpful.

>Urban legend alert

>If one more person sends me that list of books Sarah Palin tried to ban from the library I’m gonna vote for Nader.

>Check your in-box

>for the latest issue of Notes from the Horn Book, and please pass along to your colleagues, customers, family and friends. This issue stars our favorite teachers, Dean Schneider and Robin Smith!

>But enough about you. Or me.

>As we did late last year, Child_Lit has been discussing the U.K.’s age-banding proposal with some ferocity the past few days. While I am firmly in the camp of those who oppose the scheme, a speech Philip Pullman gave on the subject is working my nerves. It’s very much a speech to the choir (which […]