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All Stuff and No Nonsense

I had a wonderful time at ConCarolinas. I caught up with some old friends, made some new ones, traded book recommendations, and talked Arthur Conan Doyle, J.R.R. Tolkien, and Suzanne Collins to my heart's content. At Jonah Knight's fantastic concert, I also got to hear a new track ("The First") from his next steampunk album, and it was brilliant. I'm a huge fan of his first steampunk album, The Age of Steam: Strange Machines, and now I'm most excited for the sequel.

And now, links to share:

* On the latest from StarShipSofa -- which marks my sixth-year anniversary working with the podcast -- I begin a three-part "History of the Genre" special about reading Harry Potter in a Native American context. It's here in Episode #340. If you listen, I hope you enjoy!

* Speaking of Harry Potter, Professor Sara Martin Alegre taught the first university course on Harry Potter in Spain, and as a result she and her English Studies students have put together a new English-language book they are sharing for free: Addictive and Wonderful: The Experience of Reading the Harry Potter Series.

* Last year I attended the "Joss in June" academic conference on Joss Whedon studies and thoroughly enjoyed the presentations. I'm happy to say that now the "Joss in June" special double issue of Slayage: The Journal of the Joss Whedon Studies Association is online for general access. Check out these great essays! In particular, don't miss this treat: "Exploring Cabins in the Whedonverse Woods" by my former graduate student, Curtis A. Weyant.

* Read Kurt Vonnegut's 1973 letter to the man burning his books.

* It's that time again. Here are my work-in-progress lists of English-language young adult dystopian novels and secondary sources about them. If you have any recommendations or suggestions for me of works I should include, I'd be most grateful if you'd let me know! Thanks so much.
List 1: English-Language Young Adult Dystopian Novels, 1960-1999 (with links)
List 2: English-Language Young Adult Dystopian Novels, 2000-Present (with links)
List 3: A Select Bibliography of Secondary Sources on YA Dystopian Fiction (with links)

My Autographed Copy of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Comments

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ellettra
Jun. 4th, 2014 06:55 pm (UTC)
Ooooh, I found Jonah Knight on spotify and will give a listen! I'm a big fan of steampunk music, so I'm especially excited. And thanks for the link to the free HP book, too. Lovely post all around.
eldritchhobbit
Jun. 10th, 2014 08:29 pm (UTC)
I hope you enjoy his music. I especially love his "?" song, which I find to be thoroughly chilling, and "Welcome to the Age of Steam."

Some of my other favorites in this vein are "The Great Edwardian Air-Raid" by Paul Roland and "The New Zero" by Rasputina. Do you have particular favorites? (I'm sort of a newcomer, really...)

Thanks for your kind words!
ellettra
Jun. 11th, 2014 06:00 pm (UTC)
I'm a very big fan of Abney Park. Vernian Process is also lovely. Johnny Hollow is also good!
eldritchhobbit
Jun. 19th, 2014 02:08 pm (UTC)
Oooh, thanks for these recs!
Curtis Weyant
Jun. 4th, 2014 11:42 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the shout-out. :)

Speaking of Harry Potter: http://www.npr.org/2014/05/31/315204299/harry-potter-and-the-forbidden-books
eldritchhobbit
Jun. 10th, 2014 08:29 pm (UTC)
My pleasure! :) And oooh, thanks for the link!
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