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>Go Rimbaud and Go Johnny Go

>I’m reading Patti Smith’s Just Kids, her reminiscence of her friendship with Robert Mapplethorpe, and she writes a lot about her adolescent passions in reading, from Foxe’s Book of Martyrs to Rimbaud and Verlaine. It’s making me wonder what the disaffected youth of today are reading. Born in 1946, Smith is pre-YA era, but do her […]

>Jacob’s Java?

>This past Sunday, Debbie Reese’s blog featured her friend and colleague Jean Mendoza’s trip to Forks and La Push. With photos! The one thing I like about those books is the weather; Jean Reports that no Cullens were seen on her trip, probably due to the abundant sunshine.

>Claire Takes a Bite

>out of New Moon.

>I guess it wasn’t all candlelight and butter churns

>Or maybe it was, and that was the trouble.

>An object lesson in metaphorical consonance


>The Silence of the Bunnies

>Now this could haunt my dreams: We’ve been entrusted with the care of Ruby for a couple of weeks. She may look like a rabbit but behaves more like a Sphinx, her silent inscrutability causing me to project all manner of implacable menace into her unblinking gaze. Dogs and cats, you know where you are […]

>Complete with pop-up nuns but no Nazis

>”Maria always said that ‘girls in white dresses’ were among her favorite things, but she never thought she would be one of them!”–from The Sound of Music: A Classic Collectible Pop-Up, forthcoming in August from S&S.

>Something to whet your appetites

>Claire reviews the movie Twilight.

>The happy couple

>Aren’t they bee-yoo-ti-ful?

>Yeah, I only have the one suit

>The fathers-of-the-groom walking up the aisle at Ethan and Becca’s wedding in Sedona last Saturday. The monsoon took down the chuppah but we all soldiered on, and there was nary a drop during the ceremony. The officiant said that there was an ancient Sedona tradition (uh-huh) that rain on a wedding day was good luck, […]