“The thing is, I wrote him acting like me: every smooth move he did was a direct copy of a smooth move I attempted back at Midland High. Suddenly I remembered that I didn’t have any girlfriends in high school.”—Seth Fishman on writing The Well’s End in How to Write YA
“I felt electrocuted when I read that first page with Crystal Lil and her freak brood. I stood there in the bookstore and my jaw came unhinged. No book I’ve read, before or since, has given me that specific jolt.”—Karen Russell on Geek Love in Wired.com
Without spoilers, let me just say that yours is one of the best judgements I've ever seen in the ToB. I think I would've made the same decision, faced with these two very different but deeply interesting books. Also, a "Clue: The Movie" reference. Amazeballs.
David Fung and Yena Kim’s MENSWEAR DOG: A Dog’s Guide to Being a Man, based on the Tumblr blog, an illustrated guide to men’s fashion through the lens of Bodhi, a 4-year-old shiba inu with a penchant for all things style, to Lia Ronnen and Bridget Heiking at Artisan, by Matthew Carlini at Vigliano Associates (World).
Creators of the popular Tumblr Cabin Porn, the residents of Beaver Brook and Zach Klein’s CABIN PORN, a full-color book about rural escapes for those yearning for a simpler existence, to Michael Sand at Little, Brown, by Richard Pine at Inkwell Management (World English).
“The conference drew me back to literature’s first principles and primary preoccupations. Sure, there was talk of buying and selling, but most of what I heard was about how books help us make sense of war, death, and what we owe to other people. So long as there are two hundred people trying to stuff themselves into a room to hear five poets talk about philosophical ideals, there will be books left to read and write.”—Poetry in Seattle: My Visit to the A.W.P. Conference : The New Yorker
“Pretend that you’re sure of yourself, even when you’re not, and you will learn to trust yourself. Don’t wait around for other people to give you permission to do what you want, or to say you’re “good enough.” You’ll waste time waiting that you could be writing, having fun, learning, and living.”—It’s the good advice « Emily Magazine
“So, Brian the Vegan, Lord of the Rings Back Piece, Cum Pants, the endless list of Drummers, philosophy-majors-turned-performance-artists-turned-podcasters, and graphic designers who are really into bicycles, Dude who wanted me to throw up on him (sexually), and White Guy with Dreadlocks: While I was too good for most of you, not good enough to a few of you, and we’re all much better off today, this soup’s for you.”—Dinner was Delicious