Booklicious: Friday Bookmarks

January 07, 2011


*When two stars collide, it's a beautiful thing - and beautifully illustrated by a piece of art that was just discovered in a small British museum. The National Portrait Gallery confirmed that the drawing of a previously unidentified man is actually the work of artist John Constable, and the subject is William Wordsworth. It's thought Constable created the sketch after he and Wordsworth met at a social event near Wordsworth's home. Talk about star power.  

*Not all poets are destined for posthumous greatness, unfortunately. Take Michael Cirelli, for instance. He's the proud author of a new collection of poetry inspired by Jersey Shore. “Everything about it spoke to my artistic, personal and political sensibilities. I’m a bit obsessed with reality TV, mostly shows like Top Chef, Project Runway, etc., but my girlfriend also reeled me into tragedies like The Hills, and the various Housewives… so to see my brethren put on center stage was extremely compelling." Right. Flavorwire has a few choice excerpts here. So, is Everybody Loves the Situation destined for inclusion in future lit anthologies or not?

*The n-word is back. And you'd better believe everyone has an opinion about it.

*And in delightful, uplifting news, comic-book legend Stan Lee received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame this week. Just in case that name doesn't ring any bells, try these instead: Spider-Man, the Hulk, the Fantastic Four, the X-Men, Daredevil, Thor, Iron Man, the Silver Surfer, the Avengers, Doctor Strange and Nick Fury. Now say thank you to Mr. Lee.


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