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>Maybe this is what Susan Patron was thinking.

>In his powerful new picture book memoir The Wall (Frances Foster/FSG, forthcoming in September), Peter Śís quotes from his journals about the darkness following the Prague Spring of 1968: There is a whole science to learn about dealing with censors. You have to give them something to change. For instance, if you’re making a film […]

>Well, you do know it’s going over the net.

>I like the commenter on Alison Morris’s new ShelfTalker blog at PW (welcome, Alison) who says that the cover for the new Harry Potter looks like our lad is serving a tennis ball. Maybe if I had read Harry while imagining he looked like Roger Federer I might have gotten further in the series than […]

>Susan Patron has company.

>from the copyright page of Sweet!: The Delicious Story of Candy (Tundra, 2007): This book is dedicated to the sweet memory of our mother [name redacted because otherwise mine would come down from heaven and KILL me], who liked her black balls two at a time.

>Martha sent me this,

>and it‘s a far funnier variant on this joke than we usually see. Thank God for gay people (Paul Rudnick, I mean, not Martha).

From the Man Who Did This Already, Already

Did anyone catch the shoutout to Maurice Sendak on The L Word this week? He didn’t, but allowed to me this morning that Jennifer Beals nekkid would definitely be worth drawing (I’m not being gratuitous; see the recap). In any event, he was far more worked up about Susan Patron’s problems with a few librarians, […]

>Oh, those sneaky sneaks!

>The New York Times weighs in with what is quite possibly the most inane comment yet on Lucky‘s scrotum: “Authors of children’s books sometimes sneak in a single touchy word or paragraph, leaving librarians to choose whether to ban an entire book over one offending phrase.”

>Bagging our principles

>Fuse 8 led me to Susan Patron’s defense of The Higher Power of Lucky’s Scrotum at PW online, and while it is admirably articulate and refreshingly undefensive, I am bothered by one line: “If I were a parent of a middle-grade child, I would want to make decisions about my child’s reading myself.” So would […]