Mostly signs (some portents): My favorite young-adult book reviews -
In the tradition of August’s book-review roundup, I’ve pulled together a collection of my favorite young adult reviews from the past decade. Hope you — and the young adults in your life — enjoy these as much as I did!
Planesrunner: Ian McDonald’s YA debut is full of action-packed…
Because Syria is no longer Syria. It is a nuthouse. There is the Italian guy who was unemployed and joined al-Qaeda, and whose mom is hunting for him around Aleppo to give him a good beating; there is the Japanese tourist who is on the frontlines, because he says he needs two weeks of “thrills”; the Swedish law-school graduate who came to collect evidence of war crimes; the American musicians with bin Laden-style beards who insist this helps them blend in, even though they are blonde and six-feet, five-inches tall. (They brought malaria drugs, even if there’s no malaria here, and want to deliver them while playing violin.) — Francesca Borri’s jarring account on the hells of freelancing in Syria — and our journalism crisis. (via azmatzahra)
Happy birthday, NT! via TheOatmeal http://theoatmeal.com/comics/tesla
In honor of Children’s Book Week, here’s a photo of an awesome kid.
(Source: unapproachableblackchicks, via afternoonsnoozebutton)
YEAH, SHE’S GOOD LOOKING, I GUESS. NOT REALLY MY TYPE. I LIKE A BIGGER WINGSPAN.
THERE WE GO. PAGE 236. LOOK AT THE PLUMAGE ON THAT ONE. SWEET JESUS.
We spent those evenings talking, our gestures making up for a paucity of shared words. But I knew, in some unnameable way, that they were good people. And from that, I could tell how two people with no shared language could fall easily and deeply in love; how the way a man expresses longing, or a woman expresses possibility, could be like discovery; how an entire person could be, to another, a long, dark country. — http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2013/06/pardon-my-french/309316/
The librarian in the tuna casserole.
Info-binging by Indexed
theclotheshorse: (via sincerelyjoanna)
(“It is made for the brutal pucker of dreaming.” Yes.”)
This is actually quite ingenious, I think. Well done.
If you look closer, the Guardian has a “Republicans click here” on their page that takes you to a version of the front page without the royal wedding.
Things I Ate That I Love: E-books article drinking game -
With sincere apologies if this has been done before, but I think this is the only way I can read another one of these. Maybe I might be cranky today!
“Will e-books wipe out/kill/decimate/pulverize/HULKSMASH/angry verb real books?” — one drink
Above question is lede — one drink
reblogged now because it’s happening all over again …