Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Wednesday Dog Ears

This week's Dog Ears track the unholy appropriation of my favorite Dr. Seuss book as well as a nerdy appropriation of J.K. Rowlin's made up sport: 
  • The Atlantic Monthly joins in on the e-literature hysteria, this time focusing on the possible disappearance of marginalia.  (How many people who take notes in margins would actually buy an e-book, anyway?)
  • Ursinus College lets scholarship winners sleep in J.D. Salinger's old dorm room, and The New York Times interviews Ursinus students to find out where they'd rather be.  (It's a pretty funny article, actually, for all my complaining yesterday about The Times.)
  • Ah, The Lorax, the charming tale of "a boy who searches for a way to win the affection of the girl of his dreams"... wait, what?  Is Hollywood really going to mess this up this badly? 
  • I'm trying really hard not to be politically divisive, but this quotation from Sarah Palin really pisses me off, considering how little we spend on the arts and how much we spend killing people:
    "NPR, National Endowment for the Arts, National Endowment for the Humanities, all those kind of frivolous things that government shouldn't be in the business of funding with tax dollars — those should all be on the chopping block as we talk about the $14-trillion debt that we're going to hand to our kids and our grandkids ... Yes, those are the type of things that for more than one reason need to be cut."
  • Did you hear that the OED is "To Add 'Skype' And 'Coat' To Latest Edition"?  It's true, according to America's Finest News Source.
  • It's a proud day for Bruins everywhere--the UCLA quidditch team is "bringing people together around a book series."  And yes, it is "just nerds running around with broomsticks."  All right, everyone, I feel an Eight Clap coming on...

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