Awesome video about how people need to stand up for their free speech and one case where censorship didn’t win.
So say the opening lines of the theme song of Veronica Mars, the ill fated TV show that made me fall in love with Kristen Bell. I loved this show so much, but what made me bust out the DVDs tonight? An amazing post on Forever Young Adult about the similarities of Veronica Mars and Pride and Prejudice. It BLEW MY MIND. I love a good literary comparison, but this was absolutely brilliant. Anyway, I wanted to share the mind-blowing comparison. It made me miss my English teachers and the crazy papers that we had to write.
So, do you have someone in your life who loves books and/or libraries? Or, rather, do you love books and libraries and want to share that joy with someone? Here are some holiday gift ideas that might be intriguing for you:
First, here is a list of 150 ways to give a book as a present. The list is great for reluctant readers, for people you want to give a little more than just a book, and for people who love all things literary. Of course, with me, you could always just give me the book, and I’d love it!
Some people are Team Edward, and others are Team Jacob. I am Team Library! This is a library specific item whether your library is thriving or under attack by budget cuts. Team Library t-shirts for everyone!
And, of course, there’s my Christmas present: a link on School Library Journal‘s website to one of my No Flying, No Tights‘ reviews!
Looking for the perfect book for your loved one? There are a TON of Best of 2011 lists out there to guide you on your quest for the perfect item! Kirkus Lists for Children and Teens. Of course, I’m a fan of a lot of the titles on School Library Journal’s Best Fiction, Non-Fiction and Picture Books (Though, I’ll be honest and say that I just didn’t get Bumble-Ardy).
Of course, I am also a big fan of gifts that keep on giving. You may remember the Christmas miracle that The Bloggess helped initiate last year, where she organized $40,000 worth of donations from individuals to families in need. Well, this year, everything is a little different, but she recommends several charities that will help people around the world. One that I found intriguing was the Wish Upon a Hero program where someone can put a wish up and someone else can grant it. It does take some trust, but you can also make a child’s holiday season brighter.
Thanks! And whatever you celebrate, have a happy one!
So, I read this post from Neil Gaiman (love him!) where he answered questions from readers. I found the last one especially intriguing. The person asked what Mr. Gaiman does when he likes an author’s stories but realizes the author has some heinous beliefs. Now, I have had this conundrum before. One case in particular was an actress that I was a big fan of until I heard her political beliefs and repeatedly saw examples of her making fun of her fans. I almost felt betrayed, so I was interested in Neil Gaiman’s answer.
He answered like this: “The art isn’t the artist, the poem isn’t the poet; trust the tale, not the teller.” I like this answer because beautiful things can come out of even the darkest places. Even someone who seems completely evil can make you think about life, and isn’t that the point of most art?.
I agree that you can read/listen/watch something created by someone you disagree with. However, at what point does that mean you are supporting the beliefs you disagree with? If you buy paintings from an artist that supports seal clubbing (not this), you might be contributing the funds that that artist needs to pay for his seal clubbing habit.
Thinking about my original example of the actress, I think that I can like her acting without liking her. Originally, I would read articles about her when I came across them and things like that. However, knowing that she’s not a huge fan of her fans, I think that I definitely have consumed her celebrity less (that sounds weird). I’ll watch shows that she’s in, and heaven knows that the original show I loved her in is still amazing (off the air, but awesome)!!
Luckily, author-wise, all of my favorites either subscribe to similar beliefs as me or don’t get into politics for fear of alienating people, as I’ve tried to do in this post. Because even more so than with movies and acting, I feel like authors reach into my soul. However, that’s not to say that if someone with weird beliefs wrote something that I wouldn’t read it. However, I would probably check it out of the library.
Anyway, fun news! I had one of my reviews on No Flying, No Tights linked on School Library Journal!! I’m super excited and needed to brag.
This video is beautiful and features so many of my favorite authors. Watch and be amazed.
I thought about pulling out my favorite quotes, but the whole thing is fantastic. I’m also geeking out at how many of those authors I met at ALA (or earlier- Hi John Green!). It’s also nice to get a quick reminder why I want to be a librarian. You can get so caught up in the day to day, humdrum monotony of showing people how to get on Facebook, that you forget about the moments where you can really make a difference. Not that showing people how to get on Facebook doesn’t make a difference (in that small moment, at least, you’re helping them connect to the world), but I don’t know that you change their lives in quite the same way.