Bits and pieces of things that caught my eye not only for my own interest, but enough to want to share with you, too…
Author Maureen Johnson led a widespread discussion this past week on the power of book covers and how the content they represent can change based upon the gender of the author. Much of the debate rests in parity of marketing and perception. For example, I’ve read of those that feel the cover of The Marriage Plot, by Jeffrey Eugenides would be much different had it been written by a woman. My feelings on the whole thing vary widely – too widely to offer a useful post on it on my own, but Johnson puts forth an interesting argument that you can read here, or you can also just skip to the slideshow of photos she selected from entries in her “Cover Flip” challenge. She asked followers to create a cover for a novel as if it were written by an author of the opposite gender. The slideshow shows the original and the flip. I have to say, people submitted some spot-on ideas.
Jezebel.com posted a funny “book report” about The Great Gatsby. With the release of the movie, many have been joining into the 2-sided camp (no grey area) of “loved-the-book-and-super-excited-for-the-movie” and “hated-the-book-and-really-proud-to-admit-it”. This “Book Report by a Kid Who Only Saw the Movie” provides a great respite from the ridiculous debate. Also, it is one of those rare articles that the comment section is just as entertaining as the article itself.
Disney wanted to trademark the phrase “Día de los Muertos” because it wants to make a movie about it. Really. I don’t even have words that can make sense of this ridiculous and offensive move. The good news is that they’ve now withdrawn the application.
Song of the Week
I’m a Peter, Paul, and Mary fan – I even have a channel based off of them in Pandora. One of the songs Pandora frequently plays is “Early Morning Rain”. There’s something about the guitar work, the echo harmony, and the soft tone to it that I just love and every time it comes on it makes me pause and absorb it.