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- I still haven't begun the Great E-mail Catch-Up Project. But soon, soon.
- A couple of features worth your time over at the Millions this week: Patrick Brown's "Nobody Wants to Go Home: A Unified Theory of Reality Television," examining The Real World and its influence on shaping the genre, and Max Magee's "Confessions of a Book Pirate," in which Max interviews said pirate and inspires convos all over the place.
- One of my favorite Holly Black stories, "The Coldest Girl in Coldtown," is up at the BSC Review as promotion for her forthcoming collection from Small Beer, The Poison Eaters. I can't wait to nab it and read the shiny new stories.
- Speaking of Holly, Justine mulls the Omnivoracious list of most influential YA writers of the decade, and suggests she'd be a fine addition (which I wholeheartedly agree with). Go leave your own additions at J's place.
- A list of cheery things at the Guardian, including the fact that yesterday was officially the most depressing day of the year–mathematically speaking. (Via Liz Hand.)
- Cherie Priest on what is and isn't in the author's control.
- A good interview with crime novelist Derek Nikitas. (Via @roncharles.)
- Dungeons & Dragons play BANNED at Wisconsin prison for promoting gang activity. The jokes write themselves. (Via @snurri.)