Not a symbol, but an asset.

Last April, Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and Chinese President Hu Jintao agreed to exchange panda bears for Komodo dragons as a symbol of their countries’ closer relations. My first thought was to hope that the pandas didn’t get sent to the Surabaya death camp, er, I mean, zoo. My second reaction was a general mental . . . 

Like lottery fantasies, except with prison

After hearing the verdict in the Amy Senser trial this afternoon, my first reaction was relief for the family of Anousone Phanthavong. I couldn’t see how it was possible for someone of sound mind to mistake a human being for a traffic cone, but I guess I’ve never met the defendant. My second reaction, after hearing . . . 

2012 Publishing Roundup

A big thanks to Nick Lavely for pointing me toward this year’s On the Media publishing analysis! http://www.onthemedia.org/2012/apr/20/ The 2012 theme is Adapt or Die. Topics include Amazon, copyrights, and knock-off books. Definitely worth a listen while you’re making dinner or mowing the lawn.

Lit Addiction

I’m a bear today. It’s not even 8:00 a.m. and I can already feel the snarling begin. The culprit? Jodi Picoult’s House Rules. A friend recommended it, which—incidentally—is the #1 way readers are introduced to new authors according to Goodreads, and this friend was right on the money. I stayed up way too late devouring . . . 

Today’s Poem

I never think I like poetry until I read it. It’s kind of like the Ani Difranco line: they say goldfish have no memory; i guess their lives are much like mine; and the little plastic castle is a surprise every time. So here’s a poem from Rabindranath Tagore to start the work week: I slept and dreamt That life . . .