I think it's time for some links! so it's not all mememe around here. But...
A couple of little housekeeping items first. I FINALLY mapped my domain; your old links will work, but so will http://www.gwendabond.com. (When I say I mapped it, I mean the Web Bunny (aka Richard) and Christopher managed to fix the process I had begun in my typical flailing manner with all things technical.) Also, you may notice the book recommendations sidebar isn't on this page--but it is not gone. I gave it and the blogroll I'm in the process of recreating a page of their very own instead, which is also linked in the nav bar.
And last, I awoke to a tweet this morning from the lovely Strange Chemistry twitter account that you can add Blackwood (and Shift and Poltergeeks) to your to-read list on goodreads. So, if you're on goodreads and you'd like to, it would make me do a little chair dance. Am doing a lot of that of late. And now on to OTHER things.
- There's a brand new shiny online literary magazine devoted to YA short fiction called Sucker. Their first issue has just been posted, and the delightful Mima Tipper (who has a story in the issue) has interviewed the editor, Hannah Goodman, at Hen & Ink.
- Jenny Davidson asks Colleen Mondor about The Map of My Dead Pilots: two of my favorite people talking about fascinating things. What could be better?
- Sara Zarr posted a link to a serial movie that you will want to watch if you like dancing and happy things, Girl Walk//All Day. And it solves the mystery of the riveting dancing tutor from this season of The Good Wife, who is Anne Marsen, the star. HAPPINESS.
- Elaine Showalter in the Guardian on some of the best literary novelists working today: women all. A snippet: "But the main reason why women do not figure in American literary history is because they haven't written it. Women writers need to be seen in larger contexts than their most recent novel, placed in relation to their contemporaries and their precursors, understood in terms of the themes and issues of their generations. Only then can we rewrite American literary history overall to reflect its full evolution and significance."
- A letter from a freed slave to his former master, upon being requested to come back to work. Via everybody.
- A great post from Diana Renn about challenges young sleuths face in mysteries at Sleuths, Spies, and Alibis.
- Victoria Schwab with an honest and wonderful post about her move to New York. I bet she gets an A in everything she samples from that course catalogue.
- Lindsay Goldwert at the NY Daily News on Sassy's impact as a recommender of literary wonderfulness (they were also indispensable in forming my tastes in music and movies), especially Weetzie Bat. I very much discovered those books because of Sassy, and our wonderful h.s. librarian ordered them, and they stayed checked out constantly. Anyway, must get the Weetzie prequel.
- Genevieve on Dermot Mulroney being an idiot about the fact he's gotten to act opposite so many fantastic ladies.
- Kristin Bell's sloth love. It is a beautiful and hilarious thing.