“I’m trying to figure out how insulated one has to be from the wider world to be shocked! shocked! that racism is pervasive in American culture, and among American teens. Those wide-eyed tweets about Rue’s death being less sad because she’s black clearly come straight from the brains of adolescents (nearly all of them white, presumably) who have bathed in subtly and overtly racist culture since birth, absorbed far too much of it, and not yet learned to second-guess or even censor themselves when they parrot its tenets. They’re surprising only if you haven’t noticed that when real people of color are killed, there’s always an immediate attempt to justify or downplay the deaths. Art imitates life; reactions to art likewise imitate life.”—An article at Publisher’s Weekly on fans’ racist reactions to learning that Rue is black. The article also gives a shout-out to Racebending.com (via racebending)
Yesterday on twitter, I expressed annoyance with the hundreds of people who send me emails or tumblr messages or whatever to let me know that they illegally downloaded one of my books, as if they expect me to reply with my hearty congratulations that they are technologically sophisticated enough…
“Generally, there seems to exist significant pressure for writers to create characters that are wish fulfillment for teenage girls, not only in their situations (they go to magic school, or fall in love with magical boys), but their behavior, too. In YA, it often feels like teenage girls are better than our real, thorny, weird and sometimes unlikable selves. They let us forget the mistakes we’ve made—the awful boys we’ve fallen for, the times we’ve hurt our friends or been irresponsible or petty.”—Celebrating the Complicated Girl, by author Phoebe North
“Don’t quit. It’s very easy to quit during the first 10 years. Nobody cares whether you write or not, and it’s very hard to write when nobody cares one way or the other. You can’t get fired if you don’t write, and most of the time you don’t get rewarded if you do. But don’t quit.”—Andre Dubus (via ilovereadingandwriting)
“While the publishing industry struggles to reinvent itself and find a sustainable business model, the Y.A. category exceeds all expectations. The number of Y.A. novels published each year has quadrupled in 12 years — from 3,000 in 1997 to 12,000 in 2009, when total sales exceeded $3 billion.”—The New York Times (via booklust)
So, I turned in “the (gendered) interface of the cyborg in YA” as my paper subject. I left myself a little leeway on whether I want to go the gender angle or not, because honestly there’s so much to say about interfaces and I want the focus of my paper to be the interface, and less gender.
Help. I’m going on vacation in a few days which means many hours on a plane and in the car. Soo I need books for my nook! I usually only borrow books from the library because I want to save my money for highly reviewed books. BUT now I need to buy several books to get me through my trip! So, long story short, what are your favorite young adult books?
“I have to say, Stanley Tucci was unbelievable to watch. In the interviews, he was just going with it. It was the most incredible improv I have ever seen. At one point, someone in the crew dropped something and it was a loud BANG, and Stanley didn’t even break character, he just said “OH MY GOD, I THINK SOMEONE JUST DROPPED DEAD!”—What was it like to be on the set of THE HUNGER GAMES? Book blogger Sasha K was an extra, and she gives us the scoop!