Quote of the Day: “It’s no use, he sees her/He starts to shake and cough/Just like the old man in/That book by Nabokov…” The Police, “Don’t Stand So Close to Me”
A bit o’ news and notes:
- Are You There God? It’s Me, Sarah: Just in case you’re wondering about Sarah Palin’s library-gate situation up in Alaska, here’s a partial list of the books she wanted banned from the local lending spot. Click through once you’re there to get the entire list at Librarian.net. Not a very original list–why won’t peeps leave my girl Judy Blume and her classic Forever alone???– but still, like…Whoa!
- She’d Probably Try to Ban this one, too: My boy John Jackson who teaches at Penn has a fresh and dynamic new book out about race that unpacks some of the cultural implications of the Obama movement. It’s called Racial Paranoia: The Unintended Consequences of Racial Paranoia. You can find out more at the site here. Booklist called it “on-target”.
- The End of the (Literary?) World as We Know It?: According to Variety.com, CSI creater Anthony Zuiker just got a big check from Dutton to create a new line of thriller novels that will be a “publishing hybrid that broadens traditional book reading into a multiplatform experience that includes filmed components and an interactive social networking site.” They’re calling them, ahem, “digital novels”. Zuiker reportedly came up with the idea to do this because, after setting out to write a crime novel, he realized he didn’t have, ahem, “the attention economy to read a 250-page crime novel from start to finish…” Hmmm. A writer admits to not being able to read a short novel and is being paid millions to, uh, write one? I guess millions of dollars erase the embarrassment gene…