This week on BWN, we have stories, some sad, some… madness. We have the most scandalously scandalous gossip to bring you and all the crazy shenanigans that you come to expect from Cuddlebuggery.
Book World News
It was a sad news day for anyone who’s had a childhood. Children’s author and unrepentant badass grouchy old man, Maurice Sendak passed away at age 83 from complications arising from a recent stroke. For all those who never read Where The Wild Things Are, you have our condolences and here is a resource to locate a psychologist in your local area.
“Mr. Sendak’s work was the subject of critical studies and major exhibitions; in the second half of his career, he was also renowned as a designer of theatrical sets. His art graced the writing of other eminent authors for children and adults, including Hans Christian Andersen, Leo Tolstoy, Herman Melville, William Blake and Isaac Bashevis Singer.”
Stephanie says: I’m ashamed to admit I’ve never read Where the Wild Things Are. The monsters always creeped me out as a child. Don’t judge me!
I’ll be taking up a collection for Steph’s therapy bills, so please contact me if you wish to contribute.
Source – New York Times
It seems people just can’t shut up about E.L. James including us because we just keep passing the stories along. But this one was so mindboggling that we couldn’t help ourselves. E.L. James, author of naughty-boo-boo, whippy-chainy-ouchy adult book, and re-appropriated fanfiction, Fifty Shades trilogy, is looking to publish a Young Adult novel.
What’s next? She tells USA TODAY she has two novels stashed away. One is erotic and the other is a young adult paranormal novel.
“I’ve got several more good ideas but how do you follow this?” she says referring to Fifty Shades. “I’ve set the bar quite high in terms of storytelling.”
It seems that… wait… what did she say about setting the bar high?!
We apologize. We needed a minute there.
Steph says: Is it bad that I’m wondering if it’s a Hush, Hush fan fic?
Yes. It is. Bad Steph! Bad! Naughty, bad, wicked, Steph!
Source – USA Today
Thus we arrive in Tennessee, whose legislature recently passed a bill that says teachers cannot encourage “gateway sexual activity,” thus cementing the state’s abstinence-based sexual education curriculum.
Seemingly empowered by the implications of that law, officials in Sumner County last week banned John Green’s young adult novel “Looking for Alaska” from the school curriculum because it contains a two-page oral sex scene, one of two mildly erotic passages in the book.
What’s important to take away from this is that teens are obviously incredibly stupid as witnessed by the increased rate of teens playing Assassin’s Creed and launching themselves off a 377 foot drop into a haystack. Happens all the time. Just the other day I read Catcher in the Rye and I spent a week asking people where the ducks go in the winter. Then I read Hunger Games and I tried to murder everyone and bring down the government. Horrible, horrible time.
John Green’s video, I Am Not a Pornographer.
This week was BLISSFULLY quiet on the author/reviewer front! In fact… we don’t know of ANYTHING that happened. If we’re wrong, leave a comment and tell us how wrong we are! How you despise our weakness and patheticness!
About the only thing that happened was that author and Twitter-obsessor, Rick Lipman PUNCHED ME INTO THE BLOOMIN’ MOON.
So I highly suggest that everyone go tweet @rklipman and tell him that it’s rude to punch COMPLETELY INNOCENT reviewers/book bloggers to the moon. Because I am completely innocent and totally undeserving.