Monthly Archives: April, 2014

Sunday Links, April 27, 2014

Awards News The winners of the British Science Fiction Association’s annual awards have been announced. The shortlist for the 2014 Gemmell Awards for fantasy literature has been announced. Lookie here, not a single woman made the cut. Really, guys? No woman wrote a notable fantasy in 2013? Really? The finalists for the 2014 Hugo Awards […]

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The Resurgence of Poem in Your Pocket Day

I’m enormously gratified to be celebrating Poem in Your Pocket Day once again on this bright and blustery spring day. Not that it ever went away—it’s been happening cheerfully every year, with or without my participation. But the stresses of academic life had distracted me for the past couple of years, and I managed to […]

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Sunday Links, April 20, 2014

Happy Easter! It has been a bad week for those who love literature, for Gabriel Garcia Marquez has died. Fortunately, he left behind a lovely collection of books for us to read and reread for the rest of our lives. Awards News The 2014 Pulitzer Prize winners have been announced. Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch took […]

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Pocket Review: All the Birds, Singing by Evie Wyld

All the Birds, Singing Evie Wyld Pantheon, 2014 One thing I’ve learned in my brief video editing career: Just because you can produce an effect doesn’t mean you should. And the same for PowerPoint—all those animations, slides spinning in and whooshing out, bouncing arrows and stars and callouts, need only be used once in a […]

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Yes, D.E.A.R.—Drop Everything And Read Day

You didn’t actually have plans for the weekend, did you? Saturday is the birthday of Beverly Cleary, author of Henry Huggins, Ribsy, The Mouse and the Motorcycle, and the Ramona the Pest books, among many, many others. And yes, she’s still with us—going strong at 97, and an honest-to-goodness national treasure, if you ask me. […]

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Pocket Review: This Is Not an Accident by April Wilder

This Is Not an Accident April Wilder Viking, 2014 I’ve been reading short stories for a long, long time. I love them, even—sometimes especially—when they truck in the familiar, the comforting, the well-worn. Those are what I think of as blankie stories, and they have their lovely aspects. But there’s always the little voice in […]

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We Go to the Gallery: Penguin Is Not Amused

Just when you’ve figured out how to talk to your children about divorce, and sex, and terrorism, along comes conceptual art to throw off your average. I’ve never met a kid who didn’t get abstract expressionism on some level, and they all love Richard Serra (other than the not yelling really loud while running around […]

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Sunday Links, April 6, 2014

Karen Joy Fowler has won the PEN/Faulkner Award for her latest book, We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves. A wonderful, spoiler-free review of the book by my brilliant friend Marion Deeds can be found here. I’ve started the book, and I’m enjoying it. There are well over 200 new books coming out in April 2014 […]

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Books on Tape… and 45, and Flip Phone

One of the things you’ll hear a lot about in any self-respecting MLS or Media Studies program is digital forensics—a good term, a little bit geeky and a little bit CSI. The idea, of course, is preservation. Archival collections are no longer just about flat fibrous printed stuff, but all the material used to carry […]

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