Friday, January 28, 2011

Grab-bag: fairy tales, Twilight, and a Ski-doo

It came to my attention last fall that the National Book Award bars fairy tale retellings.  WTF?  As Laura Miller points out they allow retellings of Shakespearian or Biblical tales.  Kate Bernheimer and Maria Tatar are on a mission to get this changed.  Meanwhile, Disney has no plans to make another animated tale -- then again, NPR thinks Disney is going through an identity crisis.

TheOatmeal explains what the Twilight formula is and how it works on so many people

Can a book save your life? Literally.  In the event of a shooting, would you rather get caught with a book or a kindle?

And please, you really have to do this:
  1. Go to Google Maps
  2. Choose 'Get Driving Directions', and enter (A)New York to (B)China
  3. Scroll down to step 31
  4. then Step 105

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