|Bookstore window broken in London riots, via Reuters|
- Kingdom Come by J. G. Ballard
- Chavs: The Demonization of the Working Class by Owen Jones
- The Coming Insurrection by The Invisible Committee
- Living in the End Times by Slavoj Zizek
- Ill Fares the Land by Tony Judt
This week the reading community was up in arms over a reddit post that showed an image from one of those ubiquitous Facebook pages people create and then 'like' -- by the hundreds of thousands. This particular one was titled "I Hate Reading," and it has been 'liked' by almost half a million people:
Let's hope lots of schoolkids clicked to look cool, and this isn't really an accurate measure of how our country feels about literature. Galleycat discussed other FB pages with similar anti-book themes. As a middle school reading teacher and lifelong book lover, this makes my heart hurt! Surely all those people don't dislike reading that much... do they?
The Help debuted in theaters this week -- on Wednesday to be exact. Why Wednesday? Perhaps to beat the weekend crowd and increase this week's box office numbers? I have heard only good things so far. I can't imagine it will be anything less than stellar, although I haven't had a chance to watch it yet. I loved the audio version of this book, and one of the voice actors plays in the film. What do you think? Have you seen it? Will you?
Although The Help has been a commercial success, both the novel and the film have their fair share of critics. A piece in The Atlantic this week denounced the film as "downplay[ing] the ugliness of Jim Crow and fixat[ing] on the goodness of its white protagonist." I must disagree. Although it may be done in a "feel-good" manner (according to the article's author), I think Stockett's novel highlights just how wrong Jim Crow laws were, how pervasive they were in the south, and the fact that not everyone agreed with them. Did you feel the film or book was somehow less than honest, or that it glossed over serious issues?
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In more fun books news (and who doesn't like fun news?!), YouTube user The Station released a video clip of what Twilight would look like as a video game -- if it had been published in the 1980s. It would have been an 8-bit Nintendo game, a la Zelda, right? Even non-Twilight fans can appreciate the extreme fun-ness that is this video:
Entertainment Weekly's Shelf Life blog announced that Bravo's Andy Cohen will release a memoir next summer. As I'm a sucker for a celebrity memoir, I'm sure I'll be reading it. After all, I am
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Personal Library Kit (via Galleycat) might be just the thing. Isn't it adorable? I've also been thinking about using the "scan book" option on my Samsung Galaxy tablet to catalogue the books into a "Classroom Books" shelf on Goodreads. What do you think? A true reflection of my over-the-top OCD?