Field Trip Friday: January 7, 2011
THE BIG NEWS THIS WEEK
A new edition of Huckleberry Finn will cut "the n-word" from the text. The NYT has a look at similar efforts in the past. Author Jackie Morse Kessler has an excellent response, as does author Sean Ferrell. The Guardian says it is unacceptable, Twain scholar Ron Powers calls it "a PC insult," and Slate has an extended quote from Toni Morrison on the subject, calling it a "band-aid solution." Meanwhile CNN contributor Boyce Watkins argues it isn't censorship, the editor of the new edition defends his work in the Wall Street Journal, and of course Steven Colbert is in favor of the move. ETA: Or you can read The Hipster Huckleberry Finn, which is now neither offensive nor uncool.
Curiously, little debate in mainstream media surrounds the editor's decision to also remove "Injun." Color me shocked.
In other controversy, Snooki's book came out. And lo, there was much wailing and gnashing of writers' teeth and... live blogging.
THIS WEEK IN WRITING
- Agent Sarah Davies has an inspirational list of New Year's resolutions for writers.
- Resolutions still missing a little something? Author Maggie Stiefvater as her annual butt-kicking post.
- Author Livia Blackburn suggests having characters act out of character.
- Friend-o-the-blog author Samantha Mabry posted about the inevitable: freaking your parents out with something you've written.
- What are you afraid of? Author Natalie Whipple frees you from fear by confirming that yes, your first draft will probably suck. But that's okay.
- Sherry at Dark Angel has a big list of character-naming resources.
- Tahereh Mafi has 5 really exciting ways to use a semicolon.
THIS WEEK IN READING
- Author Kiersten White wants to know: What's wrong with being blond and liking pink?!?
- Cybils finalists were announced!
- More signs of progress on the Hunger Games movie -- there's now an official Twitter account.
- Publishers Weekly rounds up the bestsellers of the holiday season.
- Agent Jessica Faust clarifies some issues regarding "unlikeable characters."
- The latest ridiculous plagiarism lawsuit against JK Rowling has been dismissed at the earliest possible stage.
THIS WEEK IN PUBLISHING
- "When Publishing Dreams Become a Nightmare," from agent Rachelle Gardner.
- Editorial Anonymous re-emerges from the shadows with advice on how to respond to copyedits, how to leave your agent, how not to leave your agent (complete with musical accompaniment), a trend watch and more.
- Nathan Bransford blogs in defense of blogging agents.
- Reporting illegal download sites is like playing "20th century whack-a-mole," but worth it, says agent Kristin Nelson.
- THE Janet Reid, who puts the EEEEEE! in "query" and the ARRRRRR in "shark," has two posts you should check out this week: "How To Find Out If Your Agent Is An Idiot, Part Deux," and "Another Reason You Should Be On Twitter."
THIS WEEK IN CONTESTS
- The lovely and talented Emilia Plater has a $25 gift card she'd like to give you.
- The also lovely and talented Veronica Roth is giving away three ARCs of Divergent.
THIS WEEK IN OTHER STUFF
- "If it won't fit on a Post-It, it won't fit in your day." Great time management article at The 99 Percent- just don't cheat and put "create world peace" on your Post-It. (via @literaticat)
- Media Bistro has "13 Reasons Why You Didn't Get Followed Back."
- The Great American Think-Off asks, "Does poetry matter?"
- Mashable has the unsurprising news that internet surpasses TV as the main news source for young adults. (Their definition of "young adult" is a little different than ours though.)
THIS WEEK IN THE RANDOM
This is so fantastic, words fail me. Thankfully, Vandermemes make words unnecessary.
In Da Club (alt: Hide Yo Kids)
and of course, 10th Anniversary Crying Edition
Have a great weekend!
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