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Round-up: A little Litany.

August 19, 2010 \am\31 11:17 am

Just a few things to start your Thursday off right.

  • From the PW blog PWxyz, here’s a 3-year-old reciting Billy Collins’s “Litany” from memory. It is exactly as awesome as it sounds.
  • Mess with one YA author, mess with a whole posse of YA authors. There’s drama at the Teen Lit Festival since Ellen Hopkins got the boot for pissing off parents. Also from PW.
  • Mickey Hess over at The Rumpus will blurb any book within 24 hours. Seriously. Send him an email at
  • “Advertising in books will introduce a whole new set of relationships into the publishing ecosystem.” And in other news, fuck me.
  • And hey, as long as we’re lamenting the death of print media, The Guardian has a wistful piece about the physical and emotional things that are lost with the rise of ebooks. This really hits home for me. When I moved to Chicago from North Carolina, most of what I packed were books. I need the Here We Are in Paradise that an ex-girlfriend scribbled all over after we attended a Billy Collins reading and geeked out about marginalia. I need my dad’s copy of A Widow for One Year. I need all three copies of Treasure Island, including the 1919 one with the dead little boy’s name inscribed in the case. And I definitely, definitely need the autographed T.C. Boyle galley I found at a book fair for $3. It’s not that those are my favorite works of literature, even though some of them are; it’s that those particular copies mean more to me than the words in them, and a new place can’t be a home without them.
  • For those of you who like your literary paraphernalia handmade and crafty, Where the Lovely Things Are has a nifty round-up called Literary Porn (which is totally SFW, by the way). For those of you who think handmade things are silly and unnecessary, well, there’s always this.
  • Now available in the Oxford English Dictionary: cheeseball, climate change, and vuvuzela. Via the Guardian.
  • Slaughterhouse 90210: pairing iconic TV screencaps with quotes from great literature since 2009. It’s cooler than it sounds.
  • Let’s end on an adorable note. Here’s that same little kid doing Alfred Lord Tennyson in a Superman costume. You’re welcome.

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