John Green is inspired by airport TVs to muse about attention, engagement, and Fahrenheit 451. (Which, by the way, is a great book. Seriously. Even if you already pretended to read it for class, read it again for real. Totes worth it.) Bonus points for the phrase: "shouty walls" which I will now be using to describe all large, ambient multimedia displays.
I was reminded (by the literary airport part) of this slightly less accessible Onion video on the (fictional) Kafka Airport in (nonfictional) Prague.
An article on NPR's website explores the criticism they've received for the overwhelming whiteness of both authors and protagonists in their recent top 100 YA list. What do you think? Can you think of any books with nonwhite authors and/or protagonists who you think should have been included, but were not? Tell us in the comments!
This week's selection is a little different. I love Libba Bray soooo MUCH! Plus, I'm listening to this book on CD right now (so no, you can't yet borrow the audiobook from the library...muahaha), and it might be tied with Slaughterhouse 5 by Kurt Vonnegut for my favorite. And, trust me, I've read a LOT of books. A LOT.
Beauty Queens, by Libba Bray
P.S.: Did you notice the subtle pirate bit? Arrrrrrrr!
Tomorrow is my favorite holiday of all time, Talk Like A Pirate Day! Feel free to go around calling people salty sea dogs, or telling you little brother to go swab the poop deck (I certainly will). Go forth in search of booty, me hearties!
Here's an article on how adults buy the majority of YA books. What do you think?
I know, the title seems like a joke for some people. But those people have not watched EPIC RAP BATTLES OF HISTORY! It's so funny, neither I not the TPML will be held responsible for snorting that results while laughing at it. :) And there will be snort-laughing (snortling? like snort+chortling?)
Check this out. You will not be disappointed.