It has been a rough month for people I admire -- especially authors and musicians; Robin Gibb from the Bee Gees, Charles "Skip" Pitts, Adam Yauch (MCA) from the Beastie Boys, Donald "Duck" Dunn (believe me, even if you don't know his name you love him -- try finding a good bluesy classic rock band that didn't use his skill with the guitar at least once), aviatrix Evelyn Bryan Johnson, Donna Summer, George Lindsey (better know in our house as Goober Pyle), Maurice Sendak, and also Jean Craighead George. (It kills me that the only review I have written for her on this blog was from one of my least favorite of her books.) Below are a few links concerning Jean Craighead George:
- From the New York Times.
- The Cybils blog.
- Open Road media put together a tribute video.
- This Mental Floss list of famous authors who couldn't spell made me feel much better. My abundance of squiggly red lines and I are in excellent company. (In fact, two of my favorite authors are on this list.)
- I also loved their list of 15 Vintage Photos of Librarians.
- I really enjoy seeing what books are on other people's shelves, so this Flavorwire article detailing what books were on some famous authors' shelves was right up my alley.
- I own entirely too many of these films released in the summer of 1982.
- What does it say about me that of these 10 YA books that supposedly scarred everyone for life, I've read (and own) nine of them and only found one to be creepy? (And that was, of course, Lord of the Flies. Seriously, who wasn't scarred by that one?)
- I finished this list of 8 Things You Might Not Know About the New York Times Bestseller List and went, "huh." Now I feel bad about pre-ordering books -- I'm sorry Stacia Kane. (via Kelly at Stacked)
- Emma from Nose in a Book has a great guide to Vlogbrother Videos for fans of John Green (or those new to the Nerdfighters).
- Today is Towel Day, where Douglas Adams fans "around the universe proudly carry a towel in his honour."
- The rise in popularity of the steampunk genre is giving new life to old names according to the baby name site Nameberry.
- I am not sure if this review of Hemingway's The Sun Also Rises was meant to be serious or funny, but I find it funny either way. Fans of Hemingway MUST love Jerry Springer -- it makes complete sense!
- Take this test to find out how fast you read.
- Would you like to enter a short story contest judged Elizabeth Wein, she who wrote Code Name Verity? Well hurry fast, the last day to enter is May 5!