November 30, 2011 Bulletin On the Shelf By Deirdre Foley-Mendelssohn A cultural news roundup. “His innate humility counters his naked ambition, his earnest sentimentality complements the company’s ironic capering, and the shy reediness of his singing voice strengthens the appeal of lyrics steeled with resolution.” On Kermit the Frog. Long-lost Kerouac. Long-lost Brontë. Long-lost Walt Disney, in pictures. The lost art of titles. “You better get fitted for a black eyepatch in case one of yours gets gouged out by a bushy-haired stranger in a dimly lit parking lot. How fast can you learn Braille?” Cruel rejection letters. Judy Blume: “I would cry when the rejections came in—the first couple of times, anyway—and I would go to sleep feeling down, but I would wake up in the morning optimistic and saying, ‘Well, maybe they didn’t like that one, but wait till they see what I’m going to do next.’” Miranda July sets up shop in SoHo. Pippa instructs on how to be the perfect party hostess. Margaret Atwood draws! Obama pushes books! Ray Bradbury relents!