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>Magnum Opera

>When Renee Fleming announced that upon consideration she would not, in fact, be singing Norma at the Met (or anyplace else), my first thought was, good call, Renee, but my second was to wonder if writers have any equivalent kind of challenge. Bellini’s Norma is something of a Mount Everest for sopranos. She’s an allegedly […]

>Fanfare 2007

>is up for your reading pleasure. This list will be published in the January/February issue of the Horn Book Magazine.

>Creative Writing Exercise

>Try and rewrite this story, forwarded to me by Kitty and Zoe, as an episode in a YA novel by: a) Jack Gantosb) Cecily von Ziegesarc)Chris Crutcherd) Paula Fox Compare and contrast. I thought of including Ron Koertge among the choices, but this scene already practically happens in his first novel Where the Kissing Never […]

>"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 […]

>It’s Her Party

>Anne Fine offers a personal take on the Tintin in the Congo controversy, citing examples from her own work where she has revised lines to better speak to contemporary sensibilities and her own raised consciousness. P.L. Travers, you will recall, did the same with Mary Poppins, replacing the racial representatives of the “Bad Tuesday” chapter […]

>"Crap, here comes Teacher!"

>In the comments on the earlier post about dueling reviews, `h wrote: Speaking of the good stick. There’s something I’d like you to measure — heavy handed instruction — when an author sticks something into the text that clearly doesn’t fit in order to model some lesson– girls are just as smart as boys, or […]

>Maybe they were on to something,

>those YA writerswho madespareness of linelook likepoetry. The company Live Ink believes this in fact is a more efficient way to read prose. Look here to see what they’ve done with Moby-Dick.

>My view exactly; if only we could convince the rest of the world.

>”Nothing satisfies the appetite for allegory quite like a movie about flesh-eating zombies”– The NY Times’s A.O. Scott on 28 Weeks Later.

>The Whole (New) World in Her Hand

>Yes, that’s trinitite, the mineral created in 1945 in Alamogordo, New Mexico, when scientists exploded the world’s first atomic bomb. A sample of it is here held in the hand of Ellen Klages, author of The Green Glass Sea, winner of the 2007 Scott O’Dell Award for Historical Fiction. I met Ellen and her trinitite […]