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I do have plans for Actual Posts on things like trilogy structure, romances (I've been on a Jennifer Crusie binge) and etcetera miscellanea–next week! But for now, a few hangovers and a wish for a sunny, happy weekend wherever you may be.
Alan DeNiro is hitting parts south on a tour which will help fundraise for Mercy Corps' Haitian relief efforts. He'll be at the Virginia Festival of the Book, then Richmond, Chapel Hill, Charlotte and Asheville. If you're in one of these locales, go out and support both an excellent charity and his wonderful first novel, Total Oblivion, More or Less.
Sara Zarr mulls the current state of blogging. (One of those Actual Posts I have in mind is related to this topic.)
Janni weighs in on the Jewish fantasy tradition discussion. You put mummies in a headline, you got me.
The NYT story on this 4,000-year-old cemetery excavation is fascinating. I really want
Melissa Milgrom's Still Life book about the history of taxidermy, including its current resurgence, which sounds amazing. I'm also very much loving Deborah Blum's The Poisoner's Handbook. Newsflash:
Nicholas Sparks = a self-aggrandizing blowhard. You know what you should be when people call your books romances? FLATTERED. (Psst, Nickie, many people are just calling them things like, y'know, BAD.) Dana interviews
"everyone's favorite Italian postpunk band" Tiger! Shit! Tiger! Tiger!, who performed at SXSW. You'll also want to read Kassia's SXSWi wrap-up, where she has typically smart things to say. Finally:
Day jobs of famous writers.