25 July 2005

Mr. Blue dies

Crime novelist Edward Bunker, who learned to write in prison and appeared in the movie "Reservoir Dogs," has died in hospital in Burbank, California. He was 71.

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Quote o' the Day

"It's really hard for a boy to become a man, and in our society, not many boys do. The challenge for a boy is to become a man who has integrity, strength, kindness, and understanding. How many mendo you know who are like that? I don't know many."

-- from "Unfinished Business" by John Marsden, in Guys Write for Guys Read

More False Papa

A Florida mailman credited his persistence with winning Key West's annual Ernest Hemingway look-alike competition, beating nearly 160 snowy-haired men resembling the Nobel Prize-winning U.S. writer.

Bob Doughty, 61, of Deerfield Beach, Fla., a U.S. Postal Service letter carrier clad in a wool cable knit turtleneck, said his favorite Hemingway book was "The Old Man and The Sea."

He won the contest, held late on Saturday, on his 13th attempt. "Longevity and patience. Keep trying," he said.

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2005 Imitation Hemingway winner

Gary Davis, a cardiologist from Illinois, won the 2005 Imitation Hemingway Contest with his piece, Da Moveable Code:

Paris could be very fine in the winter when it was clear and cold and they were young and in love but that winter of 1924 they quarreled badly and she left for good. Paris, the city of light, turned dark and sodden with sadness. But it was still a damn fine place and he hated to leave it so he sat in the cafés all day and drank wine and thought about writing clean short words on bright white paper.

He preferred Café des Amateurs, on the Place St-Michel. The waiters in their long aprons respected him and he did good work there, defeating them all in the arm wrestling and the drinking and the dominoes and the boxing. They told him timeless stories of love and cruelty and death. That was good, because his Michigan stories had dried up, his jockeys and boxers had worn out, and sometimes he worried his oeuvre might be over.

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2005 Faux Faulkner Winner

Sam Apple has won the 2005 competition with his piece, The Administration and the Fury: If William Faulkner were writing on the Bush White House:

"He needs his makeup," Dick said.

"I ll do it," Condi said. She put a little brush on my check and it tickled and I laughed.

Rummy walked into the room. "Jesus, what s he laughing about," Rummy said.

"Dont you pay attention to him, Georgie," Dick said. "They re going to be asking you all about Social Security. You just remember what we talked about."

"He cant remember anything," Rummy said.

I started to holler. Dick s face was red and he looked at Rummy. "I told you to hush up already," Dick said. "Now look what you ve gone and done."

"Go and get him Saddam s gun," Condi said. "You know how he likes to hold it."

Almost makes me want to actually read The Sound and the Fury.


Read the entire piece here.

07 July 2005

Roald Dahl in the New Yorker

The latest New Yorker contains an article about Mr. Willy Wonka's creator:

Roald Dahl, the British author of children’s books, wrote in a tiny cottage at the end of a trellised pathway canopied with twisting linden trees. He called it the "writing hut," and, since Dahl was nearly six feet six, he must have inhabited it like a giant in an elf’s house. Dahl died in 1990, at the age of seventy-four, but one day a year his widow, Felicity, invites children to the estate where he lived, in Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire, and local families swarm in like guests at Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory...

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No Summer Reading in Royalton

Just 315 miles from Chicago: ROYALTON, Ill. - Residents of this small southern Illinois city who want something to read over the summer will have to look someplace other than their local public library.

The Franklin County town's library is closed for the summer because of a lack of money. It probably won't reopen until sometime in September after shutting its doors June 10.

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06 July 2005

Cinema for Geeks

I can't wait to see this film!

"The Hollywood Librarian: Librarians in Cinema and Society, now in production, will be the first full-length film to focus on the work and lives of librarians in the entertaining and appealing context of American movies."

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Not sure what's going on...

For some reason, there is a humongoid gap between the headline of the most recent blog entry and the actual entry. SIGH. I will strive to figure this out. In the meantime, please be patient. (Of course, if you read this page at all, I guess you must be patient anyway! ;-)

A little bit nervous...

Mark Morford, of the San Francisco Chronicle, is nervous:

Let's just all say it together in one big happy slightly jaded frequently disappointed Hollywood-bitchslapped chorus: I hope they don't freakin' ruin "Narnia."

Me, too.

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'Girl Detectives' Still Draw from Drew

After 75 years, Nancy Drew is still going strong.

I, like many of my peers, couldn't get enough of the Nancy Drew books while growing up. I remember entering a speech contest in 4th grade for which the topic was, "If I could be anyone in the world, it would be..."

Despite the fact that I dreaded public speaking, I entered and spoke about being Carolyn Keene. I so admired this woman who wrote endless exciting mysteries that were read by girls all over the world. To be an author!

It wasn't until I was done with high school and working in my first position as a Youth Services Assistant that I learned the ugly truth. To quote from the article:

"It's hard to imagine the legacy Nancy Drew's creator, Carolyn Keene, could have envisioned for her beloved character — actually, it's impossible. That's because "Carolyn Keene" was and still is a pen name for an evolving group of male and female writers called the Stratemeyer Syndicate."

Part of me is still a smidge bitter.


Anyway, pretty good article on Nancy's endurance. Read the rest.