From Two to Four

I have very complicated feelings about glasses. Not the kind you drink out of (I like those), the kind that slip down your nose.* I got glasses in second grade. About a week before my adored teacher, Mrs. Gay, who had a huge-throaty laugh and huge pillowy breasts to match, told my parents she thought …

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Tuesday Hangovers

Battlestar Gallactica interruptus reviews: at Strange Horizons by Dan Hartland and by Abigail Nussbaum at Asking the Wrong Questions. The truck-drivable-through holes in the most recent episode (President Roslin’s complete and convenient disappearance halfway through being the most rankling) were par for the course, but I’m still liking the show despite its flaws. Both these …

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Monday Hangovers

Toni Causey writes a beautiful post about her own Louisiana. A small taste: Like my dad, I was born there, in pure Cajun country. Unlike my dad, I would never know the language, not in its full, rich glory, neither French, nor a corruption of it, but an altered language, spoken still in old cafés …

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More on Storyteller

Cory Doctorow joins the chorus of praise for Kate Wilhelm’s Storyteller (must read!); I suggest you check out his take. He excerpts some practical advice from the book which I now unashamedly steal for here: When beginning a story, do not: * Let your viewpoint wander * Confuse immediate setting with background and let your …

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Tween Fiction Call

Lizzie Skurnick, aka the Old Hag, aka Associate Editor of Girls’ Life, sent the following note the other day. I know a number of you YA types are out there, so I’m passing it on to you*: Girls’ Life mag features the best in teen and tween fiction — spunky but not stupid, serious but …

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This Week at the LBC

Definitely check out the LBC this week. Things kicks off with a discussion of Steve Stern’s Angel of Forgetfulness, followed by late week appearances by the book’s publicist, Ami Greko, and editor, Paul Slovak. Stop by and heckle the peeps.

Everything is on screen…

The marvelous Hank Stuever reviews Everything is Illuminated and likes it, sorta: "Everything Is Illuminated" is no average tale of let’s-go-find-where-Grandpa’s-shtetl-shtood. Heavy with the burden of translating the shiftingly excellent narrative techniques of Jonathan Safran Foer’s 2002 novel on which it is based, the movie can’t help but take on a slightly too twee tone. …

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Friday Hangovers (update)

Maria Tatar at Slate on "Fairy Tales in the Age of Terror." Alan DeNiro, rapmaster, posts the TOC for his collection Skinny Dipping in the Lake of the Dead, forthcoming from Small Beer in the spring. (Yay!) Ben Rosenbaum and Ted Chiang‘s shorts for Nature are online. (Via Didi.) And the Shortform Community at LJ …

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