Posts Tagged ‘PBS’

Book Links 8-30-2012

August 30, 2012

It returns!  The list makes it back today, as I’ve finally accumulated enough links that I found interesting to make it worth posting. It’s been pretty slim pickings for awhile, though.

Pop Crunch has a list of the best dystopian novels of all time. I’m not usually a huge fan of lists, but they have some interesting choices in there among the usual choices. Worth a look.

Apparently the whole good critics are lovely things bit is still raging. Over at The New Yorker Daniel Mendelsohn has thrown his hat into the ring with a critic’s manifesto. His passion and sheer damn giving are inspiring. At the same time, I wonder if the book critic thing has been sort of passed its prime for quite awhile now.  I know it’s what I spend the majority of my posts doing here, but I never actually consider that people read them. I just know that I’m not sure I have ever read a book because of a review. Ever. So I don’t entirely expect other people to. So all of the hubbub over it rings a bit pointless to me.  I do it because I enjoy it. And if someone else finds it helpful, awesome. With all of the competing noise, I find it a minor miracle that any voice pops through the static.

Dornob is a design site, its a bit of a side interest for me, and they have some thoroughly awesome ideas for a bookshelf. If you’re a DIYer, they don’t look like the most difficult things in the world, but they do look like the perfect built in for a literature lover.
PBS Arts has a short video essay about William Gibson. I just really like William Gibson, so I’m taking a chance to pimp him in some way.

And, finally, Open Culture is adding a new creative writing course…including advice from Toni Morrison, Nora Ephron and others.


Reading Rainbow

February 5, 2009

 Flipping through channels today I came across a bit of my childhood. My first reaction was, “Look! It’s Geordi!” (from Star Trek:TNG for you non-geeks out there) but I quickly corrected myself with, “It’s Reading Rainbow!”

I have a feeling that a lot of people around my age who weren’t blessed with cable and who became avid book readers had some experience with this show. Levar Burton was like a non-creepy Mr. Rogers who daily introduced new books and told us stories.  Reading Rainbow was one of the early influences in my life that made reading fun and enjoyable, and which ultimately pushed me along the life path that I am on today.

This isn’t the most well thought out or best written  blog, and it’s not what I intended to write about today (that’ll get saved for tomorrow) but seeing Reading Rainbow this morning made me have to write about it now. If I hadn’t seen this show when I was a child, would I have still become the reader/writer that I am now? Possibly, but possibly not. There is no telling how influential a show like Reading Rainbow can be on the development of a child. Maybe instead of becoming a book geek, I would have taken up physics or astronomy. Or maybe I would have just decided on a life working retail (which still might happen, considering the economy and the incredibly poor employment opportunities in my neck of the woods).

Now I’m just waiting for a rerun of the old Muppets Show to come on next…