Jun 28 2012

Ew.

CasaSugar recently put together a slide show of home decor looks inspired by the hero of Fifty Shades of Grey. I'm a little taken aback by how much detail the author of that series seems to have provided (and I'm choosing to believe, for the love of all that is good and just in this world, that leather sheets aren't a real thing).

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Jun 26 2012

Romance-writing school

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Whoa: Nora Roberts has apparently given McDaniel College a boatload of money to start a center focusing on the study of romance writing. The center will include support for a romance novel collection in the college library, the establishment of a minor in romance fiction, and an online graduate-level romance writing program, featuring PROFESSOR JENNY CRUSIE...

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Jun 26 2012

She's obviously not retiring any time soon

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According to PublishersWeekly, Janet Evanovich has signed an eight-book deal with Random House, agreeing to churn out four more books in her bestselling Stephanie Plum series and four books in a new series that will be co-written with some dude named Lee Goldberg...

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Jun 25 2012

Juliet Immortal, by Stacey Jay

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I set the bar low for fantasy novels—all I ask is that they follow their own rules. I'm perfectly willing to buy “It's magic!” as an explanation for something, but if the magic in question behaves a certain way, it better keep behaving that way throughout the novel....

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Jun 25 2012

Undoubtedly a scintillating read

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Four pages of the seventh-century text De Laude Virginitatis (“In Praise of Virginity”) are going up for sale at Sotheby's next month. De Laude Virginitatis is England's earliest known book written for women. The author—an Anglo-Saxon cleric named Aldhelm—produced a book of advice for the abbess nuns of Barking Abbey, giving them specific pointers on avoiding the “untamed impulses of bodily wantonness”...

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Jun 21 2012

The end of an era

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Yesterday, NPR posted a loving tribute to Matt Groening's weekly alt-comic Life in Hell, which ended last Saturday after 1,669(!) installments and more than 30 years...

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Jun 21 2012

No thank you.

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Ugh. I'm not a fan of Anna Karenina, or Joe Wright, or Tom Stoppard, or Merchant-Ivory-lite literary adaptations in general. But this lavish new trailer certainly looks pretty, and I suspect the movie will win many awards (but not my hard-earned $10)...

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Jun 20 2012

Clear your schedule, Mr. Cronenberg. Please.

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See, at first I thought Bret Easton Ellis (who recently announced that he would like to write a movie adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey) was describing the book's protagonists as "potentially great comedic characters", and that seemed fair. Sadly, I was wrong. He actually said...

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Jun 19 2012

Aiming for adorable

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And speaking of art(ish stuff), here's a free font inspired by A.A. Milne's Winnie-the-Pooh. According to How About Orange, the font, called "Winnie the Hoop", is the debut release of Finnish graphic designer Teo Tuominen, and "Using this font to communicate a sad or grave message is not recommended"...

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Jun 19 2012

Pretty!

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Oooh, Kate Beaton (author of Hark! A Vagrant, which we reviewed recently) has illustrated a magazine cover for The Walrus...

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Jun 18 2012

I'm not buying it

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The website A Koala's Playground recently posted a comprehensive update on the status of To The Beautiful You, the upcoming K-drama adaptation of the popular Japanese manga/drama Hanazakari no Kimitachi e (better known as Hana Kimi). Frankly, I have my doubts...

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Jun 18 2012

Uncanny

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The Hairpin's "Texts from Scarlett O'Hara" is magical. It manages to sum up my feelings about Scarlett as a character and Gone With the Wind as a novel in less than a page: both are utterly shallow and rock-stupid...

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Jun 15 2012

Well, at least Nathan is thrilled.

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Maybe the second time will be the charm? According to Deadline, the film adaptation of Neal Stephenson’s classic cyberpunk novel Snow Crash has been revived. The book was originally optioned for film in the early nineties, but...

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Jun 14 2012

Awkward

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I must admit, I thought George W. Bush's head appearing on a stake on HBO's Game of Thrones was at least a little funny. Tasteless, sure... but still funny.

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Jun 13 2012

Read early, often

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According to the Guardian, nearly two-thirds of parents don't read to their babies, thereby missing out on a "crucial window" for the children's language development...

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Jun 12 2012

Gorgeous, if a touch creepy

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Okay, this dude's altered book sculptures are straight-up amazing. I have no idea how much they cost, but I suspect it's one of those "If you have to ask, you probably can't afford it" situations.

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Jun 12 2012

One more...

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Here's another summer reading list, this one featuring 101 high school-appropriate choices. It, too, is largely devoted to depressing books, but at least it presents its misery-pushing in the form of a beautiful flow chart.

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Jun 11 2012

Spoiled for choice

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The fine people at Publishers Weekly recently posted a list of recommended summer reading, and, as usual, a number of tearjerkers made the cut. Book critics always think they're being so original and daring when they recommend bleak summertime reading, but this list alone includes...

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Jun 11 2012

65% weird, 35% awesome

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The online design community Imprint recently posted an article about a "typographical experiment" called Page 1: Great Expectations. Each page of Page 1 is devoted to the work of a different graphic designer, but they all feature the same text: the first page of Charles Dickens's Great Expectations...

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Jun 7 2012

Recycling

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I'm never going to be fully comfortable with the idea of "repurposing" a book, no matter how terrible the story or how awesome the new product. That being said, some of these ideas for using up old books are kind of cool... but only if you're using, like, Kathleen E. Woodiwiss novels.

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Jun 7 2012

The perfect spot to watch TV

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If you're looking for the ideal finishing touch for your living room, may I suggest this $30,000 Game of Thrones "Iron Throne" replica? I'm pretty sure it's exactly what your home decor needs to feel complete...

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Jun 6 2012

Ray Bradbury: August 22, 1920 – June 5, 2012

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Ray Bradbury, author of The Martian Chronicles, Fahrenheit 451, and the hugely creepy Something Wicked This Way Comes, died yesterday at age 91. He apparently wanted to be buried on Mars; here's hoping he ends up there.

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Jun 5 2012

Perhaps an improvement?

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For those you who seriously disliked the trailer for Baz Luhrmann's upcoming Great Gatsby adaptation, do you like it better featuring the characters from My Little Pony?

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Jun 5 2012

Swashbuckling, etc.

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Guy Ritchie has been hired to direct a new film adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island. No word on whether or not it will be as smirkingly tongue-in-cheek as Ritchie's Sherlock Holmes movies, but since they're describing it as a "stylized" version of the novel, I'm assuming so...

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Jun 4 2012

Grimness abounds

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NPR has started a new blog devoted to YA literature. It's called "PG-13: Risky Reads", and while I'm not overly impressed by the books they have featured to date (On The Beach, Rubyfruit Jungle, Gone With The Wind, and I Am The Cheese), I'll definitely be checking back to see if their subject matter improves...

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Jun 4 2012

Utterly generic

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The trailer is out for the upcoming movie adaptation of Stephen Chbosky's 1999 novel The Perks of Being a Wallflower. I know people are excited about this, but I was rolling my eyes at the sight of Paul Rudd playing the requisite oddball-yet-understanding English teacher, and...

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Jun 1 2012

Busy, busy

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Publishers Weekly is offering an exclusive sneak peek at the cover for The Mark of Athena, the third (or eighth, depending on how you look at it) installment in Rick Riordan's best-selling "Heroes of Olympus" series...

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May 31 2012

Meh.

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The trailer is out for the upcoming movie adaptation of Les Misérables. I know some people are in a tizzy over the casting...

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May 30 2012

Could be worse, I guess

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Esquire magazine recently announced it will be releasing a series of ebooks dedicated to men’s fiction. The first edition will be a collection of short stories that aspires to satiate "the literary appetite of the male mind–whatever that may be"....

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May 29 2012

Seriously abridged

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If you're a fan of the Classics Illustrated series or the children's comics anthology Little Lit, you might want to check out the recently-released collection The Graphic Canon, Vol. 1. The trilogy will feature nearly 200 gorgeously-illustrated literary adaptions, ranging from the early epics...

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