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Psychos, Pencils, and Fines

August 8, 2012 | by

  • This terrific German blog gives the pencil its due (and, perhaps, then some).
  • In a time when e-books outsell their paper counterparts, NPR wonders whether cover design is a dying art.
  • In a gesture of either great magnanimity or great desperation, the Chicago Public Library waives all fines.
  • Movies you may not have known were inspired by books. (In the case of Psycho, probably because Hitchcock tried to buy up all the copies so there’d be no “spoilers.”)
  • On the one hand, we take issue with some of the rankings on this list of the hundred greatest young-adult novels. On the other, it’s encouraging to know kids are voting. (At least, we hope that’s the explanation.)
  • In obligatory Fifty Shades of Grey news, author E. L. James is curating an album of the classical music featured in the trilogy. (For the uninitiated: in addition to being the world's youngest billionaire and most accomplished lover, Christian Grey is also a world-class musician.)
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    1. Tommy | August 8, 2012 at 1:59 pm

      We’ve read enough about Fifty Shades of Grey. You give it more attention than it deserves. Nobody with a bud of literary taste cares. Please give it a rest.

    2. Sadie Stein | August 8, 2012 at 2:07 pm

      Dear Tommy,
      Thanks for the feedback! Believe it or not, I ignore 99.99% of FHoG news. But it’s so much a part of the literary landscape, for good or ill, that I don’t think pretending it doesn’t exist is the answer. I hope you find other items in the roundup that are of more interest. Again, I really appreciate your caring. SOS

    3. Tommy | August 8, 2012 at 2:16 pm

      You’re right. I was being a stereotypical web brat, complaining in a public forum. My apologies — nothing personal. Thank you for your reply.

    4. Sadie Stein | August 8, 2012 at 2:17 pm

      Not at all! That’s what comments are for!

    5. Gunther @ Lexikaliker | August 9, 2012 at 4:33 am

      Thank you for linking to my blog!

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