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"a golden thread"

Happy birthday to clara_swift and goodnightlady. May you both enjoy an excellent day and a wonderful year to come!

* I stumbled across some older posts that I found to be thought-provoking regarding young adult dystopian fiction. At Tor.com, Jo Walton argued in "The Dystopic Earths of Heinlein's Juveniles" that, taken as a whole, Robert A. Heinlein's juveniles paint a rather bleak and pessimistic picture of future Earth. Cory Doctorow in BoingBoing prompted an interesting series of comments about this, and Patrick Shepherd at Hyperpat countered in "The Pessimistic Heinlein" that Heinlein only created bleak futures in order to give his young heroes opportunities and motivation for improving their own situations and often the world at large. (Note: A list of Heinlein's juveniles is here.) Do you have any thoughts on this, my friends?

* From read_lotr_aloud: "March 25 is Tolkien Reading Day, a day given over to the reading, and appreciation, of Tolkien's works. In honor of that day, I thought maybe we could all read and post a favorite passage from LOTR. Then, as I do with the chapter readings, I will gather links to all the readings into a master list that I will post here at Reading LOTR Aloud. This will be strictly informal - no sign ups necessary. I will post a reminder closer to the day and then on the 25th make a post where you can comment and leave a link if you do a reading. I hope some of you will take part! I already know what I am going to read!"

* I did it: I finally joined BookMooch! In many ways, I find Bookins more user friendly, and I'll definitely be using it as well, but I must say it is great to have the ability to share books internationally via BookMooch.

"Free will is a golden thread running through the frozen matrix of fixed events."
- Robert Heinlein, The Rolling Stones (1952)


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Mar. 4th, 2009 01:37 pm (UTC)
Interesting ideas on Heinlein there - I'll have to think about this!
Mar. 8th, 2009 04:12 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I was wondering, in particular, how this might contrast to, say, Andre Norton's dystopian juveniles. Hmm.
Mar. 4th, 2009 05:02 pm (UTC)
Thank you for the good wishes... and for the virtual gift :o)
Mar. 8th, 2009 04:12 pm (UTC)
You bet! I hope you had a great one.
Mar. 4th, 2009 05:27 pm (UTC)
Those book sites look interesting; will check them out further. I've been reading here lately. I knew about the site/project but had never explored it until I wanted to read/buy some out-of-print books (a series) and ended up finding them here online for free. Also found some others I was looking for (entire books posted online) on google books. I haven't come up for air yet.

Mar. 8th, 2009 04:13 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I've used Project Gutenberg in the past for myself and my students, but I always forget to go back and see what new texts have been added. I know the list is always expanding. I'm so glad you reminded me!
Mar. 4th, 2009 07:45 pm (UTC)
Oh, you can believe I'll participate in Tolkien Reading Day! :D
Mar. 8th, 2009 04:14 pm (UTC)
Excellent! :)
Mar. 5th, 2009 07:11 am (UTC)
RAH had a Depression-era coming-of-age, (bread lines, hobo camps, company towns) and I think that may have influenced his coming-of-age fiction. That and a fanatically firm belief in a strong work ethic and the magical properties of higher math *g*.
Mar. 5th, 2009 10:04 am (UTC)
I see what you mean, but he was born in 1907, which would have made him 22 in 1929.
Mar. 6th, 2009 04:16 am (UTC)
You're right. My research was lazy. He had gotten himself into the Naval Academy and was graduating in 1929. He was more like young Woody *g*.
Mar. 8th, 2009 04:14 pm (UTC)
Mar. 6th, 2009 12:12 am (UTC)
You may have already seen this, but just in case: Lovecraftian School Board Member Wants Madness Added To Curriculum. Hee!
Mar. 8th, 2009 04:14 pm (UTC)
This is SUCH a hoot - thank you!
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