The end of the week has finally arrived, and I’m here to help in the most important of Friday tasks: doing anything but work. So let’s run out the clock together with a smattering of interesting, book-ish links I’ve collected for your procrastinating pleasure.
It’s been a pretty kid-centered link week. Vanity Fair has an interesting portrait of Maurice Sendak and his upcoming children’s book Bumble-Arty, the first in three decades. Granted his self-deprecating akwardness could be par for the course (he declares this book proves he has dementia). It’s the first portrait I’ve ever read of Maurice Sendak.
The Guardian and children’s book author Lil Chase brought us a list of her top 10 unwords from Harry Potter, The Simpsons, Shakespeare, and more. This is a nice example of how awesome the English language is. No word fits? Make it up! So fluid. Can you add to this list? I was always kick-ass at Balderdash. Are you surprised?
The New York Public Library has “granted amnesty” to kids with outstanding fines in the
form of a summer reading program. For every 15 minutes they read, a dollar gets knocked off. Now if only my University could acknowledge the wisdom in this. Time served! In all seriousness, this is a fantastic idea and extremely beneficial. Libraries rule. Keep kids on books and support your libraries, dammit.
I managed to survive on taco bell sauce packets and saltines all through college by nanny-ing. One of those charges (my secret favorite) had a reading disorder known as dysgraphia. It’s like dyslexia but milder. He switched a few letters consistently and reversed his 7’s and 3’s. Nothing crippling, but it made math homework more of a challenge. Well, some fine folks have gotten together to create a font designed specifically to help those suffering from dyslexia.
Feel like getting something published without actually doing any sort of work? A notice has recently gone out requesting funny pet pictures for a potential future book. Got a silly pet? Put your obsessive, anthropomorphizing tendencies to good use and submit your photos!
@HuffPostBooks wins the ‘most cryptic tweet ever’ award for this gem: Untitled book by anonymous to profile ‘life with one of most controversial figures of our time’ Don’t worry, they link to a much more informative article.
io9 is bored with modern fairy tale remakes and offers us a list of ten (weird) fables they’d like to see on the big screen. I’m not overly impressed with this list but I like the concepts and it definitely had a few I needed to look up. Any weird/sexy fairy tales you think would make an interesting transition?
Huffington Post offers us offers us the 15 most ridiculous book titles ever. No, seriously. They aren’t kidding. You can’t make this shit up.
Last but not least, L. Ron Hubbard’s great grandson offers a scathing poetry slam performance about Scientology, his family, and why you should be scared of both.
Tune in early next week for our second picture story. Missed the first? Check it out. Or if you’re one of the many who told me they were too freaked out by it to write a story, maybe this will break the magic: