Video Sunday: “The moment it is successful, kill it.”
As you will see, this was an interview conducted in conjunction (as opposed to conjucted in condunction) with The Oregonian piece Northwest Writers at Work: Ursula K. Le Guin is 80 and taking on Google. She is indeed 80. Seems to be doing brilliantly too. I’ve half a mind to find a way to age just like her. Looks quite preferable to the alternative, you know. Thanks to Jenny Schwartzberg for the link.
Much along the same lines (I am defining "the same lines" in this case as "old talented folks") illustrator, cartoonist, and all around delightfully disturbing fellow Ronald Searle has turned 90. I take it all back. I want to grow up to be like him someday. Champagne and all.
Favorite line: "Ronald Searle calls champagne his engine oil, and why not too? He’s got much to celebrate." Thanks to Drawn for the link.
Movie trailer time! Now the thing about The Guardians of Ga’Hoole books (quickie summary of the series: They’re like Erin Hunter’s The Warriors but with owls instead of cats) is that in my library system I’ve only ever once had a child looking for the books. Well be wary, oh fellow library systems. Come September I suspect that you are about to get a LOT of requests!
You have been warned. Thanks to 100 Scope Notes for the link.
Fellow blogger Abby (the) Librarian was on fire this week. In a single post she conjured up two remarkable little videos, the like of which I’d never seen. First off, it appears that author and resident Mad Woman in the Forest Laurie Halse Anderson is vblogging. And what an engaging style she has too!
So that was fun right there. But then Abby also found this wonderful behind-the-scenes look at the cast recording of Graceling by Kristin Cashore.
Finally, our off-topic bit of madness today comes via the YA author James Kennedy. In a recent post he mentioned that one of the influences for his jousting ostriches in The Order of Odd-Fish was the old Atari video game Joust. He then proceeded to display this commercial for the game stating, "Hang on for the last thirty seconds—I won’t ruin it for you, but it’s positively Lynchian." He’s not kidding about that. Watch it and prepare to have your mind blown.
Matt tells me that this must have been produced so as to play at a conference since it’s much longer than your average 80s commercial. He also says that the actor is Arye Gross, best known as Ellen’s "romantic" partner on the show Ellen before they figured out the whole lesbian aspect. The more you know.
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About Betsy Bird
Betsy Bird is currently the Collection Development Manager of the Evanston Public Library system and a former Materials Specialist for New York Public Library. She has served on Newbery, written for Horn Book, and has done other lovely little things that she'd love to tell you about but that she's sure you'd find more interesting to hear of in person. Her opinions are her own and do not reflect those of EPL, SLJ, or any of the other acronyms you might be able to name. Follow her on Twitter: @fuseeight.
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