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Just so you know, this is what happens when I play catch-up.
Josh Bell plays in a D.C. Metro Station and few people notice. See also: Chance’s dissent. Updated: And here’s a chat with the author’s article, Gene Weingarten, where he answers similar criticisms, and the full audio of Bell’s performance, which is jaw-droppingly gorgeous. To me, it’s not so much about beauty, as the inability to appreciate something extraordinary. I agree with the people (defensively) saying that beauty is everywhere, but the extraordinary isn’t, by definition. It’s worth keeping an eye out for.
The Ray Davis/Jonathan Lethem emails. (Via Matt Cheney.) Tightrope Girl, who currently writes for House, has two excellent posts on point of view:
the first, the second.
Betsy at Fusenumber8 wonders when the first great YA illustrated novels will appear, following several fantastic ones for younger readers. (Note: This is illustrated novels, not graphic novels.) I just read The Invention of Hugo Cabret and adored it; more on that soon. I really am going to have to resub
to New Scientist to get these fab articles Paul Collins is writing for them. Or at least visit the library more often.
Richard Larson seconds Kelly’s controversial recommendation of Slither. Guess I may have to break down and watch it after all.
China Mieville visits Bat Segundo — Un Lun Dun is another book I’ll be talking about when I finally manage a reading update. I had some issues with the beginning, but ending up adoring it. Oh, and
Ellen Klages also visits Bat Segundo — finally read her wonderful short story "In the House of Seven Librarians" (originally published in Firebirds Rising, but I read it in The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year antho) over the weekend. Seek it out. Bonus: Betsy has the goods on the award ceremony (party!) for Ellen for winning the Scott O’Dell Award for Gleen Grass Sea, which I still really, really need to read.
Jim Munroe, my karaoke hero, has some thoughts as the Perpetual Motion Roadshow comes to an end.
Little Prince illo in Japan.
Joan of Arc relics are forgeries. (Via Jenny D.)
Cynthia Leitich Smith on a book I MUST own — Don’t You Forget About Me: Contemporary Writers on the Films of John Hughes. (Hey, nice publicist…?)
Colleen on the dangers of adults reviewing books for teens.
Libba Bray has a glass eye. That is awesome.
Liz Hand’s Generation Loss is winning fans right and left.
Scalzi interviews Alma Alexander, whose Worldweavers is in the TBR stack. RE: Oprah and The Road:
What Darby said. Although I’m skipping The Corrections.
The ever-fabulous Literaticat interviews Justine about the Magic or Madness books. Christopher’s teaching another SFF and allied genres’ workshop starting Wednesday night at the Carnegie Center. If the past is any indicator, you’ll get me as a "bonus" critiquer. Show up, sign up, have fun, local types.
The info is here.