The most popular posts from the week that was…
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
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
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
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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