The Week’s Most Popular Posts: May 4-10, 2013

The most popular posts from the week that was…

Gatsby arrested development 2b

-from Bluths in the Jazz Age: Another Great Gatsby-Arrested Development Mash-Up by Minh Le

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"Textured Screen," by Harry Bertoia. Photo from Wikimedia Commons.

“Textured Screen,” by Harry Bertoia. Photo from Wikimedia Commons.

How do you choose a piece of art for a space when you can’t even agree on what that space is for? Is a library a place for quiet contemplation? An information technology lab? A community center? Is it about preserving the past or looking to the future? Is it all of these things, or even none of them?

-from Scandalous Works of Library Art by Derek Attig

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After reading Rachel Shukert’s Starstruck (about teen starlets in Great Depression-era Hollywood), I started getting really excited about the idea of Sexy Teen American History.

My favorite pitch for this is a hormoned-up Little House on the Prairie. Hot Pioneers! Come on! Can’t you see hunting bison turning into prairie kids losing their virginity and a love triangle being broken up because one pioneer boyfriend dies of typhoid-measles and the other pioneer boyfriend drowns because Indians attack while he’s trying to ford his caulked wagon across the river? Hot Pioneers!

-from 3 YA Sub-Genres That Should Exist by Kit Steinkellner

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"Not my daughter!"

“Not my daughter!”

Mrs. Weasley is the kind of mother whom women are told they should emulate: she cooks and cleans; she disciplines, rears, loves, and protects each member of her family to such an extent that readers know little of her beyond her powers as a mother. The problem with trying to emulate her is that she has magic to assist her in her duties. Even so, her magical capabilities and pure-blood status define her less than her role as a mother does. It is her motherly demeanor throughout the series that lends such power to her big line at the end.

Book title: Watching the Clock: My Life as a Magical Mother

-from Fictional Mothers Whose Parenting Books Would Rock by Jeanette Solomon

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The week’s most popular post over at Food Riot was….

Call it punishment. Call it penance. Call it comfort food after a kitchen experiment gone wrong. Whenever  the husband and I find ourselves doubled over with laughter because a new dish couldn’t taste worse (you’ve gotta laugh, or else you’ll cry), we take a few more cautious bites, weigh our options,  and without a word, we get in the car and go after a bucket of Original Recipe.

-from The Cost of a Kitchen Fail is KFC  by Rebecca Joines Schinsky

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