Laurie Penny calls Steubenville’s “rape culture’s Abu Ghraib moment.” As she says, “The pictures from Steubenville don’t just show a girl being raped. They show that rape being condoned, encouraged, celebrated.”Â In calling it the “Abu Ghraib moment” for rape culture, Penny says, “It’s the moment when America and the world are being forced, despite
Annotating My Brotherâ€™s Book: Some initial thoughts on Sendakâ€™s use of Blakeâ€™s pictorial language. A guest post by Mark Crosby
In his foreword to My Brother’s Book (2012), Stephen Greenblatt suggests that Shakespeare is the major influence on Maurice Sendak’s final competed work.Â But Blake loomed much larger in Sendak’s visual imagination.Â He collected rare Blake manuscripts, drawings, watercolors, illuminated books, and prints, read biographies of Blake, and studied his art and poetry.Â In this
It’s Opposites Day atÂ The Chronicle of Higher Education. The headline reads, “Edwin Mellen Press Drops Lawsuit Against University Librarian.” The article reports that Edwin Mellen Press has withdrawn the suit against McMaster University and Dale Askey, BUT Edwin Mellen Press is still suing Dale Askey. Â Beyond the fact that theÂ ChronicleÂ should have let its readersÂ know
Happy Birthday to Dr. Seuss today! What do we know about Ted and birthdays?Â We know that he wrote a birthday book.Â Published on August 12, 1959, Happy Birthday To YouÂ was Ted’s first book with completely new characters in two years (since the Grinch–the two books that were published in between returned to previously created
Occasionally, publishers and authors send me children’s books. When time and interest coincide (alas, too infrequently), I review them and post my reviews here. More often, I write reviews of books I’ve bought. I do not review children’s-book-related tie-ins. I view such products with some skepticism, and have written critically about merchandising that targets children.