Monthly Archives: January 2012

27 01, 2012

Jack Gantos: Slobberific

By |2012-01-27T09:54:54+00:00January 27th, 2012|Inklings|0 Comments

Jack Gantos: Slobberific “Sometimes when you stare out the window it’s like watching the movies in your mind.” —Jack Gantos. And sometimes, you make readers laugh so hard, they slobber themselves, and while they’re laughing, you sneak in a nugget of profundity and insight that once they’ve stopped laughing and cleaned themselves up, they say, “Huh. That’s so right.”

26 01, 2012

Your Voice Is Not Worth Hearing

By |2012-01-26T08:00:05+00:00January 26th, 2012|Inklings|2 Comments

The State of Arizona has passed a law making it illegal for schools to offer courses based on ethnic groups. In reaction Tucson’s school district has not only closed the courses, but has confiscated the materials used to teach those courses.  Apparently, if you are a member of an ethnic group on Arizona, the First Amendment of the Constitution does not apply to you.

25 01, 2012

HUGO Gets 11

By |2012-01-25T12:48:18+00:00January 25th, 2012|Inklings|0 Comments

The news out of Hollywood yesterday was that HUGO pulled in 11 Oscar nominations, including best director, art direction, cinematography, costume design, film editing, original music score, sound editing, sound mixing, visual effects and adapted screenplay. Beyond that fact that I'm delighted that HUGO turned out so well, that Hollywood recognized a children's book, and that Brian Selznick is a

24 01, 2012

Bringing the Funny to the Medal Round

By |2012-01-24T10:06:48+00:00January 24th, 2012|Inklings|0 Comments

Almost as much as Rodney Dangerfield is quoted for his “No respect” catchphrase, Edmund Kean,* the famous Shakespearean actor, is often quoted as saying on his deathbed, “Dying is easy; comedy is hard.” **  Our finest actors are those who can play comedy, which requires more subtly and finesse than dramatic acting. The same is true of writing.  It’s easy to make readers cry—just kill a