The misery of other people can be our entertainment.
This guy might be living with my freshman year roommate. (Except my roommate set her alarm for 3AM and finally got up at five. Also, her clock radio wasn't set to alarm, it was set to the local easy listening station. I still have nightmares. And I seem to remember one of my friends getting back at her roommate by setting her battery-operated alarm clock, locking it in a trunk, and then leaving for the weekend. But maybe she just talked about the possibility.)
"I would basically have to write that same book over and over three or four times until I became a blockbusting author of great enormousness because, she pointed out, if you want to be a Terry Pratchett or JK Rowling or whatever, you have to write the same kind of thing that people are waiting for. " He sounds incredulous. "If you told me that I was going to have to write the same kind of book over and over I would blow my brains out."
Speaking of writing the same kind of thing over and over and over again, we popped into Borders yesterday (looking for a copy of An Abundance of Katherines because I need to re-read it for a book group and I can't find my copy ANYWHERE and all of the library copies are out to the various book group members and we went to three different stores looking for it, but it was sold out everywhere, so, you know, good for John Green, but bad for me and I'm getting a little stressed out about it), and I noticed that Terry Brooks has yet another Shannara book out.
When will it end?? There are, like, three thousand Shannara books.
Is there anything he can't draw? "I stay away from motor cars. And I can't do architectural drawings, really. What I want to convey is movement and gesture and atmosphere. I like drawing anything that is doing something. Dragons are good because you can arrange them in interesting ways across the page, get people to ride on them. I can't seem to keep birds out of my books." You can see them not only in his edition of Aristophanes' The Birds and his book with John Yeoman called Featherbrains, but in a grinning self-portrait featuring him dangling from a ceiling fan, pencils stuffed in his pockets, papers and birds flapping round. His grin is the still centre to the chaos.
Way cool. (To start, click the 'Play' button on the banner in the top right-hand corner. The banner is in the top right-hand corner, I mean -- the 'Play' button is in the bottom right-hand corner of the banner. We clear now?)
The best timewaster I've found in a good long time.
From a profile of Cynthia Eagan, the editor behind Gossip Girl, The A-List, The It Girl and The Clique:
“I think that what they want is the same as what I want,” she said, referring to the hordes of pubescent girls obsessed with the books she has overseen. “I was there at one age, and I’m still there. I don’t go to high school anymore but I am in an office, and it’s still a big building with lots of people who are bumping up against each other and hanging out with one another.”
“I don’t think people’s emotions change,” she added. “It’s just circumstance.”
There's something about the way that some people throw the word 'purity' around that really gives me the creeps.
She originally objected to the book when her fourth grade daughter found it on a classroom shelf and read it during independent reading time. The school agreed that it would be better suited to older students, and removed it from the elementary schools.
Now she wants it pulled from the junior high. Looks like the school is going through a standard challenge process.