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Field Trip Friday: June 13, 2014

The OG field tripper, the one the only Kate Hart, is taking some much deserved time off! But never fear, we are still gathering some of the best links of the week for your Friday afternoon enjoyment.


- Some real dum-dums disinvited author Tim Federle from a school visit because, as Tim says, "my book is too gay." Yeah. That's still happening.

- Jennifer Lynn Barnes reveals (with handy pie charts) how her focus on idea over execution has changed throughout her career.

- Nova Ren Suma explains what happens after a book comes out (spoiler alert: it's a lot of empty noise), and explains how she came to write a new book, just for herself. "No matter what happens after (after the book comes out, after, after, after), I have this."

- Okay, okay, OKAY. Stop whatever you're currently working on and DO WHATEVER THIS TERRIBLE CROSSOVER FANFIC GENERATOR SAYS. (please tweet us the results)


- Remember that insipid piece about YA that every thinking human disagrees with? Yeah we're still disagreeing with it. Which is great, because it gives people like Heather Hogan the chance to say some beautiful things about the joy of reading for pleasures, like:

I read them and wondered what happened if there was a secret hiding inside a person that set them apart from the rest of the world. I read them and wondered what happened if you came out from a closet (or a cupboard under the stairs) and lost your DNA family but gained a magical family. I read them and thought about how the world really isn’t divided between good people and Death Eaters, and about how happiness can be found in the darkest of times, and about how what will come will come and we just have to be ready to meet it when it does. I read them and gave them to my sister and they pulled her through the depression she’d been plagued with since she was diagnosed with cancer (grown-up cancer). I read them and talked about them on the internet and made best, best friends who wanted to talk about them too.
And Jennifer Lynn Barnes brings us an academic response, found in Textual Poachers: Television Fans and Participatory Culture by Henry Jenkins:
"The fans’ transgression of bourgeois taste and disruption of dominant cultural hierarchies insures that their preferences are seen as abnormal and threatening by those who have a vested interest in the maintenance of these standards" (17).
Sing it, Jenkins.

- Seattle's indie bookstore, Third Place Books, joins Stephen Colbert in flipping Amazon the proverbial bird by promising to hand-deliver J.K. Rowling's new book. And holla, Third Place! Get down with your bad self and your J.K. Rowling Twitter shout-out!

- You want heart-warming? RIF HQ has heart-warming: a fourth grader in Alabama was serendipitously given a book written by his great-great-great grandfather. I'm not crying, you're crying.

- Did you clean up the waterworks? Well, sorry, because here's R.J. Palacio fulfilling a young girl's Make A Wish dream to play with the author at recess. I mean---ack---guys, I cried just typing it.

- Thank god for the second season of Orange is the New Black, if only for the reading list!

- You've got your pins, your Out Of Print t-shirts, your "I Like Big Books and I Cannot Lie" tote bags, and now finally - finally - New Balance has heeded our quiet, library-volume cries for bookish shoes! Now, if only the insoles came with a new-book smell... (via Andrew Karre)

- The Fault in Our Stars has (apparently) helped Hollywood remember that teenage girls exist and have money to spend. The Atlantic is here to remind you, though, that John Green isn't responsible for single-handedly "saving" YA. I mean, he hasn't hurt, but you know what we mean. At the same time, the Internet is pretty sure John Green [who, if you didn't know, is bigger than Jesus Tom Cruise] and his stupid romantic genius has definitely ruined everyone's life. Two Jewish Buzzfeed writers debate whether Anne Frank's role in The Fault in our Stars is offensive. (Both writers agree: the movie made them cry.) (via steph sinkhorn)


- Ebony Elizabeth Thomas, an assistant professor at Penn GSE, this week launched The Dark Fantastic, a blog taking on the call to action to call for more diverse children's books. Thomas suggests the diversity crisis in children's and young adult media is "an imagination gap." And, in other action-oriented thoughts on diversity, Léonicka Valcius writes for The Toast writes an excellent wrap-up in the best Diversity in YA writings, including a list of things you can do to help. Yes you!


- The YALLfest lineup has been announced!

- Our own Stephanie Keuhn celebrates Loving Day, honoring the 1967 Supreme Court decision that allowed an interracial couple to marry. Nearly 50 years later, the fight continues to give all U.S. citizens the freedom to marry, which the '67 SCOTUS judges said, "has long been recognized as one of the vital personal rights essential to the orderly pursuit of happiness by free men.”

- Silvia Tolisano has created a totally rad copyright flowchart, making it easy to see just exactly how much you're gonna get sued for putting that puppy picture on your blog.

- Rashad McCants, part of North Carolina's 2005 national championship-winning basketball squad, has gone public to say he took sham classes while attending school, and had tutors write papers for him. Meanwhile, former UCLA basketball star Ed O'Bannon is suing the NCAA, saying the organization should let student athletes profit from their own names and likenesses while at school.


- Amazon: Not just evil to books!

- You can now actually look at all the fucks Reddit gives.

- Creepy Paddington is trying to make the last bastion of my innocent youth keep me up at night. And it's working.

- Imperative Entertainment has acquired E. Lockhart's We Were Liars!

- Are you ready to realize all of your English 231 dreams? WRESTLE JAMES JOYCE!

- People that say "like" all the time aren't vapid valley girls. They're using "filler" speech because they're actually, like, hella thoughtful. And shit.


- Bill Watterson (Calvin and Hobbes ring a bell?) made a stealth return to comics, fulfilling the childhood dreams of one cartoonist and making the rest of us run to the attic to unearth our copies of Something Under the Bed is Drooling. (via barry goldblatt)

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