Booklicious: Friday Bookmarks

June 25, 2010


*If you're a grammar nerd and you don't follow After Deadline, you should definitely start. It's The New York Times's critique of their own grammar, style and usage, and it shows that even The Grey Lady isn't perfect - although they certainly try. Recent posts focused on overused phrases, the use of "tweet," and the 50 most looked-up words by Times readers. 

*Children's book author Anne Fine was recognized for her "written clarity and sense of nuance" by Britain's National Academy of Writing. Her prize? A pen.

*Jacket Copy has a rather sweet little piece on an easily dismissed literary tradition - baby books. Apparently, UCLA's Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library has amassed more than 1,100 of them. 

*Twihards everywhere cried themselves to sleep this week after Stephenie Meyer confessed she is "really burned out on vampires."

*In other Twilight-confession news, a Harvard humanities professor has written an article for The London Times explaining why she can't get enough of the fangy phenomenon. She'll be teaching a class called The Vampire in Literature and Film for like-minded students this autumn.(A brief aside: Reading the article I was bewildered to learn there's a Twilight cookbook - doesn't that seem a trifle unnecessary? Since vampires don't exactly eat?)

*GalleyCat unveiled "the world's longest literary remix" this week. Readers rewrote a page of Horatio Alger's Joe's Luck: Always Wide Awake, and the blog created a free eBook edition of the remixed result in two versions - the abridged version, which reads like a complete novel with author attribution at the end, and the unabridged version, which recognizes each author's individual contribution page by page.


Jason Boog said... @ June 25, 2010 at 3:13 PM

Thanks for sharing the Horatio Alger remix. It was a lot of fun and we'll be doing it again...

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