– There’s been an ongoing conversation about SFF eligibility lists that I’ve been only halfway paying attention to, but then I read Amal El-Mohtar’s post on the subject and it is brilliant. “No hand-wringing or tut-tutting about reading widely or behaving with dignity or integrity or what have you is going to end the practice of brash, confident people telling other people, often and obnoxiously, to vote for them. But, crucially, the hand-wringing and tut-tutting does have an effect: it discourages the people who already feel silenced and uncomfortable from ever talking about or taking pride in their achievements.” Jenny, of Jenny’s Library, also has a thoughtful response.
– I will always love a good Richard III joke.
– You know what else I like? Hamlet jokes.
– I enjoyed this fanart of Gandalf with the Dwarves on those child-leashes.
– I wrote a guest post for the SLJ Printz Blog! And since no one disagreed with me, I’m clearly right. (Right?)
– The British Library released a huge number of images from 17th-19th century books. Zoe Toft has a nice post about children’s book illustrations.
– Thought-provoking article about Google’s evilness. “In fact, the notion of what is meant by that phrase has always been a slippery one when used in discussion about Google, but to Google itself, what constitutes as “evil” has always been clear: Evil is what Google says it is.” (On a somewhat lighter note, I think Google’s apparent new motto, “One account. All of Google.”, is both eerie and mildly hilarious with its (unintentional?) echoes of “One Ring to rule them all.”)