“It’s not as if I don’t have anything to read; there’s a tower of perfectly good unread books next to my bed, not to mention the shelves of books in the living room I’ve been meaning to reread. I find myself, maddeningly, hungry for the next one, as yet unknown. I no longer try to analyze this hunger; I capitulated long ago to the book lust that’s afflicted me most of my life.”—Lewis Buzbee, The Yellow-Lighted Bookshop (via prettybooks)
“The Internet [isn’t] a physical world or a virtual world, but a human world. The Internet’s physical infrastructure has many centers, but from a certain vantage point there is really only one: You. Me. The lowercase i. Wherever I am, and wherever you are.”—Andrew Blum takes a journey to the center of the internet. (via explore-blog)
In keeping with our focus on book, publishing, and writing conferences this week, for today’s Road Trip Wednesday we want to know: which conference would you love to attend? Leave your answer here, or at our blog, and see what others had to say!
do you ever go to bed and you’re lying awake in the middle of the night and suddenly you start laughing because of something you saw on the internet today and then you’re sad because you realise you’re laughing alone in bed thinking about the internet
J. K. Rowling:I said to Arthur, my American editor - we had an interesting conversation during the editing of seven - the moment when Harry takes Draco's wand, Arthur said, God, that's the moment when the ownership of the Elder wand is actually transferred? And I said, that's right. He said, shouldn't that be a bit more dramatic? And I said, no, not at all, the reverse. I said to Arthur, I think it really puts the elaborate, grandiose plans of Dumbledore and Voldemort in their place. That actually the history of the wizarding world hinged on two teenage boys wrestling with each other. They weren't even using magic. It became an ugly little corner tussle for the possession of wands. And I really liked that - that very human moment, as opposed to these two wizards who were twitching strings and manipulating and implanting information and husbanding information and guarding information, you know? Ultimately it just came down to that, a little scuffle and fistfight in the corner and pulling a wand away.
Melissa Anelli:It says a lot about the world at large, I think, about conflict in the world, it's these little things -
J. K. Rowing:And the difference one individual can make. Always, the difference one individual can make.
This is a secret pre-announcement that you are invited to Tumblr’s party at Book Expo America. 6/6 at 7pm at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe with free drinks and three writers I adore. You’re excited! Trust.
Cee-Lo is our jam for this week’s Road Trip Wednesday: What faction from Veronica Roth’s DIVERGENT and INSURGENT are you? Answer on your blog and leave a link in comments here. Then check out what everyone else had to say!
And don’t forget that Veronica Roth will be answering your questions in a live chat at YAHighway.com next Tuesday, May 29!
“I’d like to share with you some actual questions actual teenagers have actually asked about my new book, and I swear these are true and can produce witnesses if necessary.
“Can you talk about why Quentin survives his encounter with the land whale while Captain Ahab doesn’t survive his encounter with Moby Dick?”
“Is Margo’s hair always in her face because no one is seeing her?”
“Are we really able to reinvent ourselves like Dr. Jefferson Jefferson or are we just boats getting borne back ceaselessly into the past like they say in Gatsby?”
Real questions. Real teenagers. There were hundreds more. And of course there were silly questions, too—do you think margo or lacey is hotter; if you could be any kind of cheese, what kind of cheese would you be? (To the latter, I answered Nicholas Sparks.) Silly questions are great, too. But again and again, I met teenagers who were reading thoughtfully and critically, and I believe that as writers and educators, we have a shared responsibility to give teenagers every opportunity to encounter everything that books can do.”—John Green (x)