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Some of the passel of links I've been collecting.
Need to furnish your surrealist palace?
Here's the cabinet made from a taxidermied sheep you've been looking for.
The endangered art of the movie novelization.
Recreation of a Roman gladiator school in Austria. Alexander Chee essays always something to read: his
100 Things About a Novel and his essay from MFA vs. NYC (or NYC vs. MFA, whichever it is!). Semi-related: I keep hoping someone will write a review of that book with the headline: Don't Bring An MFA To A Knife Fight. (And would it mean the degree or the degree holder? How about BOTH?)
PW looks at some e-book trends in children's and YA book buying. Our kingdoms for more transparent data notes about what's in and what isn't, etc., but interesting nonetheless.
"7 Habits of Incredibly Happy People." Sometimes these types of lists can seem like fluff, but this one strikes me as useful.
Justine Musk on shame and beauty and Kim Novak. Loved this.
Women's engagement on social media networks–higher on all but one.
Ron Charles on the reviewer's conundrum, to spoil or not to spoil (note: article starts with spoilers for some recentish books–like Karen Joy Fowler's BRILLIANT and now Nebula *and* PEN/Faulkner nominated We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, so if you haven't read it yet and aren't spoiled yet Avert Your Eyes). Also, once more, kudos to WaPo for adding two new wonderfully smart women to its regular reviewing team, Sarah MacLean for romance and Nancy Hightower for SFF. YAY.
At the Millions, a linguist discusses how "I'm all like" and the like (ahem) present a fascinating change toward nuance in how we relate stories and reflect our experiences in so doing. I can't help but wonder if the increase in present tense narration in fiction somehow ties in here. Want a little early taste of what to expect from the circus setting of Girl on a Wire? The one and only Beth Revis has been running a great blog series featuring three authors per post talking settings of their books for the past monthish.
Check out mine alongside Leah Cypess's Death Sworn and Kami Garcia's Unbreakable.