Women Have A Right To Talk About ... Everything :... →
Double Take 'Toons: Rope - A - DOMA : NPR →
Wisconsin budget “crisis” explained… “With all the...– This and more at: ChrisWeigant.com » Friday Talking Points  — Fighting On Several Fronts
Writer Beware™ Blogs!: Deadline for Claiming Cash... →
by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware “A couple of weeks ago, I reported that the parties involved in theGoogle Book Settlement had applied for an extension of the deadline for authors to file claims for cash payments for works scanned by Google without permission. On Feb. 18, the Court approved the extension. Claims were due by March 31, 2011; they will now be due one year after the date...
U.S. Women to Compete in England Saber World Cup... →
The Millions : Modes of Imagining the Writer of... →
Every year, the writers of the future will gather on a desert island, nervously clutching their notebooks to their chests and shuffling their spectacles on their noses. Over the course of two weeks, a series of competitions will take place in a great number of disciplines: Awkward Social Encounters, Furious Scribbling, Midnight Angst, Imperviousness to Blistering Reviews, Book Club Chatter,...
Young adult fiction: A new generation of girl... →
By JUNE WELTMAN There may never be another heroine like Nancy Drew, the famous girl detective. Her many published exploits, which started in 1930 with “The Secret of the Old Clock,” continue to delight young girls. It never mattered that Carolyn Keene, the supposed author, was a pen name for a group of writers who worked originally for the Stratemeyer book packaging syndicate. ...
Transgender Surgery Covered By Growing Number Of... →
Administration Drops Defense of Discriminatory... →
The Obama Administration announced it won’t continue its defense of the so-called “Defense of Marriage Act” (DOMA) in court. DOMA denies federal recognition and benefits to legally married same-sex couples and purports to allow states to deny recognition to those couples as well.
Fake "Koch brother" calls up Wisconsin governor -... →
Ian Murphy, editor of the Buffalo Beast, just did something wonderful. Murphy, pretending to be billionaire industrialist and secretive conservative political activist David Koch, called Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, currently in the midst of attempting to crush the public employees’ unions. “Koch” got through to Walker (who hasn’t been taking calls from the Democratic...
Just what this country needs: Gun toting college... →
Texas may soon allow guns on college campuses. Texas is preparing to give college students and professors the right to carry guns on campus, adding momentum to a national campaign to open this part of society to firearms. More than half the members of the Texas House have signed on as co-authors of a measure directing universities to allow concealed handguns. The Senate passed a similar bill...
Are you sick of highly paid teachers?
Teachers’ hefty salaries are driving up taxes, and they only work 9 or10 months a year! It’s time we put things in perspective and pay them for what they do - babysit! We can get that for less than minimum wage. That’s right. Let’s give them $3.00 an hour and only the hours they worked; not any of that silly planning time, or any time they spend before or after...
Standing in solidarity with Wisconsin workers «... →
Writer Beware™ Blogs!: Guest Blog Post: Beware of... →
Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware This guest post by author and essayist Kim Brittingham addresses an issue I’ve been getting an increasing number of questions about lately: pay-to-play TV talk shows. Kim takes an illuminating look at the phenomenon euphemistically dubbed “branded entertainment,” and explains why these infomercial-style shows—which charge...
It's snow joke SAN FRANCISCO! Get ready for a... →
Snow at sea level? It could happen this weekend. Photo: Art Frisch / The Chronicle One to two inches of snow fell in San Francisco on February 5, 1976, and dusting the Marin Headlands, just north of the Golden Gate Bridge.
Write, Don't Think? →
Man Tweets Without Really Thinking About It First From NPR’s All Tech Considered I include the link to the above social faux-pas to make a point: How often do we Twitter or post a comment on FaceBook or some other social media site without thinking it through. Do we take the time to consider; (1) Is my comment relevant to anyone but me? If not, then why am I posting it? Am I...
And The Dog Ate My Home work, too. →
Is Borders Management Guilty of Bankrupting the Bookseller? Philip Downer, the former CEO of Borders UK, discusses whether Borders’ management really is to blame for the company’s bankruptcy.
Canada’s Copyright Modernization Act Tries to... →
More on Bill C-32, the Canadian Copyright Reform Bill. by Carrie Sager @ ipbrief.net
The Life Of Edward Gorey, Told By An Old Friend :... →
Bembo's Zoo →
A wonderful page for small children. If you don’t have any small children handy then invoke your own inner-child, click on the letters, sit back and enjoy.
Can 'The Shop Around The Corner' beat the big bad... →
Edrants.com has published a list of Independent Bookstores that are near the now or soon to be closed Borders Bookstores. If you know of any the blogger missed, be sure to drop a line and let him know.
BBC News - Children's authors dominate UK library... →
Terry Deary’s Horrible Histories books have been made into a BBC spin-off show
How Borders lost its soul →
Just The Facts
1) Republicans not only want to reduce women’s access to abortion care, they’re actually trying to redefine rape. After a major backlash, they promised to stop. But they haven’t. 2) A state legislator in Georgia wants to change the legal term for victims of rape, stalking, and domestic violence to “accuser.” But victims of other less gendered crimes, like...
USA Fencing | 2011 Junior Olympics Fencing in... →
From Feb. 18-21, the Dallas Convention Center will host 1500 of the continent’s finest athletes at the 2011 Junior Olympic Fencing Championships.
Women Cover War: Dodging Bullets, Sexual Assault :... →
Catherine Asaro | Science Fiction Writer | Big Think
A CRITIC AT LARGE | How the Internet gets inside us.– How the Internet Gets Inside Us : The New Yorker by Adam Gopnik When the first Harry Potter book appeared, in 1997, it was just a year before the universal search engine Google was launched. And so Hermione Granger, that charming grind, still goes to the Hogwarts library and spends hours and...
Groupon is a daily email I get with coupons for different stuff, like today’s for $40 off hand car washes. There’s a little cat at the bottom of every email who makes up weird lists that are hilarious. Here’s today’s bit: Groupon Kidz Quorner: Being a Grownup Grownups are our most precious resource. They literally make the world go round. Since some children may or may...
Borders files for Ch. 11 bankruptcy protection →
Borders eyes store closings and liquidations:... →
Now Why Didn't I Think Of This? Harlequin... →
Will they never Learn? Virginia Republican... →
File this under: (1) Cheap Political Tricks, and (2) Redneck Republicanism
Deadline for Claiming Cash Payment Under Google... →
Double Take 'Toons: Valentine's Day 2011 : NPR →
30 Literary Quotes That Just Might Get You Laid →
The Office of Letters and Light: Pitchapalooza... →
lettersandlight: You’ve finished your novel (or maybe not—that’s okay, too). What’s next? You gotta have a great pitch. Now you have the chance to test your pitch on The Book Doctors, aka, Arielle Eckstut and David Henry Sterry, authors of The Essential Guide to Getting Your Book Published, who are holding…
'Round and 'round and 'round they go. Where... →
There Are No Rules - The Misleading “Research” By McSweeney’s Writer’s Digest Blogger Jane Friedman takes issue with McSweeney’s research.
Book Giveaway--The Arm of the Stone →
Sad news from home... Redwall author Brian Jacques... →
100 Quintessential Jazz Songs | Jazz24.0rg →
McSweeney's Internet Tendency: The State of... →
SOME GOOD NEWS FROM THE WORLD OF BOOKS. - - - - This has been an interesting few years for the book industry. There have been many changes and realignments, and these changes have led many to predict that (a) reading is dead; (b) books are dead; (c) publishing is dead; (d) all printed matter is dead. Or that all of the above, if not already dead, will be dead very soon. The good news is that...