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Field Trip Friday: November 22, 2013


- Slate breaks down the most commonly used adjectives, adverbs, and sentences in Harry Potter, Twilight, and The Hunger Games.

- Cole Burke has a list of gifts to give writers.

- "English has a new preposition because internet."

- Elizabeth May shares tips for working through Seasonal Affective Disorder.

- If you're failing, Phoebe North says, "No matter. Fail better."

- Rochita Loenen-Ruiz examines the struggle against appropriation and erasure.

- Johnathon Owens lists 12 mistakes made by nearly everyone who writes about grammar.


- Here we go again: Catching Fire release week means it's time to clutch some pearls. Today warns "Experts are clear: Now that YA fiction has taken such a dark, often violent turn, parents can't turn a blind eye. " *insert sinister music here* Meanwhile Laura C. Mallonee at The Millions (The Millions! I feel betrayed by this for some reason) claims it's "time for teen heroines to grow up." Foz Meadows does a lovely job of dissecting this argument, complete with YA article linkbait bingo.

- Speaking of Catching Fire, Suzanne Collins is apparently cool with the advertising, but that cat is supposed to be orange, not black and white. (Katniss, however, will continue to not have olive skin or dark hair. Because... reasons.)

- Dan Krokos explains why he thinks there are boy and girl books and that's okaySarah Ockler, Courtney Summers, Stephanie Sinkhorn, Phire-whose-real-name-I-don't-know disagree, while Leah Clifford defends his argument, and there is lots of interesting commentary in the notes of those posts as well. Dan has since expanded on his original thoughts.

- Kelly Jensen takes on the girl myth in YA (and beyond). (Semi-related: "A Day In the Life of an Empowered Female Heroine."

- Soraya Chemaly wants to know what it means that most children's books are still about white boys.

- Brendan Halpin wants to know why class is always ignored in YA diversity discussions.

- Check out this stellar Harry Potter party -- for grownups, no less. (via Andrea Ortega)

- Help some college students with their YA fandom research!

- "Best Of" lists continue to roll in, and here are a few from this week:


- A U.S. District Court rules that Google's book scanning falls under fair use.

- ALA has developed a Code of Conference Conduct.

- Editors talk to PW about their most meaningful children's book projects.

- Alison Cherry shares 9 things she wishes she'd known beforehand about publishing.

- Jane Friedman offers an infographic of the "4 Key Book Publishing Paths."

- Publishing lost three female trailblazers this week: Charlotte Zolotow, Barbara Park, and Doris Lessing.


- "Journalism has always been about the power of voices." An inspiring posthumous award acceptance speech from news director Paul Ramirez.

- Advice columnist Amy Dickinson went viral this week by suggesting parents of a gay son change their own orientation for a year, since they're keen on their son doing the same.

- Science proves girls can be mean. Congratulations, science.

- Director Melissa Tapper Goldman has launched "Do Tell," a Tumblr for women to anonymously share their stories about their “sexual history, beliefs, experiences, confusions, turning points.

- Mariah Huehner speaks out about sexual harassment in the comics world.

- Bad week for high school administration: Dallas's Richardson High brought in a speaker to coach kids on their "dateability" (unimpressed students shared their disgust on Twitter); the principal at an Alabama school is sorry for a "Trail of Tears" banner, but his students aren't.

- Really cool collection of historical photographs chronicling male affection.


This game is insanely addictive. (via Martha Mihalick)

Martha Stewart, for the love of all that's holy, please stop tweeting pictures of your meals.

If you are going to break up with someone, make sure no tweeting strangers are nearby.

This cat can't get out of jury duty. (And by "cat" I mean "literally a feline.") (via Lara Ehrlich)

Little girl donates to one street musician, gets a whole orchestra.

Kate Hart

Kate is the author of After the Fall, coming January 24, 2017 from Farrar, Straus and Giroux. A former teacher and grant writer, she now owns a treehouse-building business in the Ozarks and hosts the Badass Ladies You Should Know interview series.

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  1. That story about the cat being summoned for jury duty made me laugh so hard. Thanks Kate!


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