First off, if you haven't checked out the Kickstarter page for Kate Milford's new novella, The Kairos Mechanism, you really, really should! You can also read more about it here or on Kate's website, The Clockwork Foundry.
- This article exploring What If Famous Writers Had Written Twilight… had me laughing out loud. A couple of my favorites:
"Call me Bella." A tome about the length of the original series investigates Bella's monomanical search for the vampire who stole her virginity. There's an entire chapter devoted to describing the devastating whiteness of Edward's skin, and several on the physiognomy of vampires, starting with their skeletal structure outward.
Edward and Bella exchange terse dialogue alluding to Edward's anatomical problem. Eventually, Bella leaves him for Jacob, a local bullfighter with a giant…sense of entitlement.
- This tumblr is trying to list the final sentence of every literary work they can find. I wasted a LOT of time looking through these!
- There are some really great ideas in this list of 10 Books That Would Make Great Theme Parties
- From Flavorwire: Listen to Jack Kerouac talk about what a "Beat" is in this 1958 recording:
Reading and Writing in the News:
- This New York Times essay discussing the way books written by and for women are classified and considered was well worth the read.
- Gender and reading have been really hot topics this last week. This article suggests that boys read more, and consider reading more worthwhile, when they can do it on an e-reader. The School Library Journal also created quite a stir with their article about a library creating a "boy cave" for their male students. Here are a few responses.
- A new study says that people with e-readers read more books.
- There is also an interesting discussion going on over at New York Times about the value of the book blurb.
Literacy Promotion and Censorship:
- The ALA released their list of the Top Ten List of Most Frequently Challenged Books of 2011. Big surprise, both The Hunger Games and Part-Time Indian made the list.
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