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Archives for March 2011

Hide-and-seek with Charley Harper

The modernist wildlife artist Charley Harper died in 2007, but his work lives on via books and merchandise featuring his recognizable art. It was only a matter of time before an app appeared, and Night & Day Studios has taken the challenge. Their Peekaboo Forest (December 2010) reconfigures elements of Harper’s paintings and silkscreen prints […]

>Rowling on Lifetime–this could be good. Snort.

>But at least Sam got a new job! I’m so happy she’s moved on–Brian was a total wimp and Jack would only break her heart again.

The Importance of Being Wrong

by Steve Jenkins Here’s a scientific fact I find fascinating: there is a supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way galaxy, four million times as massive as our own sun. Our sun rotates on its axis about once a month. This black hole rotates every eleven minutes. We can’t see it, because […]

App smackdown

Eileen Christelow’s Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed (HMH, February 2011) and Sandra Boynton’s The Going to Bed Book (Little Simon, March 2011) are probably on most toddlers’ bookshelves. How do the app versions of these popular titles compare to the books and to each other?Oceanhouse Media’s Five Little Monkeys takes the high road. […]

>Mata Haris

>Valerie Plame’s announcement that she is embarking on a series starring a female spy reminded me of one of my favorites, Evelyn Anthony’s books from the 1980s about Davina Graham, starting with The Defector. Subsequent titles include The Avenue of the Dead, Albatross, and The Company of Saints, and while they were reissued with new […]

Thirsty?

I’m currently appreciating Teeth: Vampire Tales (HarperCollins), an upcoming short story anthology edited by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling. The big-name contributors such as Neil Gaiman, Ellen Kushner, Holly Black, Tanith Lee, and Garth Nix initially caught my attention, but it’s refreshing to find tales by authors I haven’t read before (Suzy McKee Charnas, Steve […]

>In which I possibly overextend my metaphor to dangerous ends

>Last night we went to a preview for the new Omnimax movie Tornado Alley. If you like weather porn, it’s really swell, with big scary skies, hail, and lots of cloud and funnel action. I’m not sure I learned much more about tornadoes than I knew going in, but that could be because the immersive […]

BALIS workshop, SFPL

  Of COURSE I stood up for The Book (in this case, Patrick McDonnell’s Me, Jane), but, really we all did–moderator Nina Lindsay and my co-panelists Kristin McLean and Jason Griffey–in the March 4 panel on e-books sponsored by the Bay Area Library and Information System. We were speaking in the wake of HarperCollins’s announcement […]

Cover girls

I smiled when I saw Mitali Perkins’s Facebook status update the other day. Apparently it was World Read Aloud Day—one of those things, like Mitali, that I can usually feel pretty good about (unlike Turn Off Your TV Week or Stop Eating So Much Takeout Month). On World Read Aloud Day I read a chapter […]

>BoB Round One

>SLJ’s Battle of the Books kicks off with Francisco X. Stork making the wrong choice. And he kind of wimps out.