“Elves and fairies are magical beings – and so is she… Sometimes (entire) afternoons would pass in a blizzard of tennis balls…”
• Comic: What’s up with Dr. Watson?
• Quiz: “It’s no secret that many of the world’s most famous authors were drinkers with a writing problem.” Which begs the question: what famous author do you drink like?
• Anne Fine wants children’s books to be happier. I’m fine with sad ones.
• In what has become known as the landmark ‘Skanks of New York’ judgment of 2009, a Canadian model has won her court battle against Google, forcing the media giant to expose the author of some slanderous remarks posted on the aforementioned website. Justice may have been served, but the precedent that this case sets could have far-reaching and long-standing ramifications when it comes to your rights online.
• Some Brits are planning on making a book-centric version of Antiques Roadshow. I’m not going to lie. I’m excited. I really do love a bit of AR after a hard day blogging. On one hand, you see pure joy as kind old lades discover that their antediluvian curiosities aren’t totally worthless. And on the other, you get to witness total heartbreak as the experts pluckily inform fastidious collectors that their ‘investment’ was really a cheap foreign knockoff. It’s TV at its finest!
• “As with the act itself, appetites for literary sex become jaded. What was once daring and unconventional soon becomes repetitive (and) cliché. It’s hard to imagine what there is left to say on the topic after Wetlands, or Chuck Palahniuk’s Snuff…”
• Brian Dillon explores the relationship between creativity, illness and the imagination…
• It might have taken 48 years, but Julia Child’s delightfully archaic cookbook has finally earned her a spot on the NYT bestseller list. Quote: “Thin out with more spoonfuls of cream.” Yes, please!
• I bet you can’t guess who the most donated author in Britain is. Well? I’ll give you a hint. It starts with ‘D’. And ends with ‘An Brown’…