June 13, 2010 |
Francesca Lia Block's quintessentially Los Angeles spirit animates her fictional worlds, where incongruous things coexist and love bridges the most impossible chasms. Pearls and mosh pits. Fairies and soldiers. "House of Dolls" (HarperCollins: $15.99, ages 9-12) is, appropriately for a story named for a girl's plaything, a miniaturized version of Block's novels. (Note the age level designation, 9-12; although the story is accompanied by Barbara McClintock's drawings, "House of Dolls" is not a picture book for little girls.
September 19, 1999 |
"Women have such vivid imaginations," Lolly Willows, a middle-aged British woman, explains to the devil, "and lead such dull lives. Their pleasure in life is so soon over; they are so dependent upon others, and their dependence so soon becomes a nuisance. Do you understand?"
August 26, 2013 |
Gabriel García Márquez's “One Hundred Years of Solitude,” first published in 1967, is a novel set in a bygone era of Colombian history without much technology to speak of. Now the book itself is finally starting to enter the digital age. “One Hundred Years of Solitude” is not yet available as an e-book. But now you can travel to the fictional Macondo in an audio book, from Blackstone Audio. The Ashland, Ore.-based company has acquired the unabridged audio rights to four works by García Márquez: “One Hundred Years of Solitude,” English translation by Gregory Rabassa; “Love in the Time of Cholera,” translated by Edith Grossman; “No One Writes to the Colonel,” translated by J. S. Bernstein; and “Memories of My Melancholy Whores,” also translated by Edith Grossman.
August 27, 2013 |
Happy birthday, Harry Potter! J.K. Rowling appeared on "Good Morning America" on Tuesday to celebrate the 15th anniversary of her Harry Potter series. Rowling looked back at the series and talked about her favorite characters. Rowling's strongest feelings are about Harry's mentor and teacher, Dumbledore. "I feel like I wrote Dumbledore from the back of my head … he was the character that was hardest to leave for me. He was the person who I'd have come back physically and sit and talk to me. It would be Dumbledore," said Rowling.
January 25, 1994 |
The first words of Francesca Lia Block's "Weetzie Bat" could be a youth manifesto, the opening salvo blaring the Sturm und Drang of adolescence: "The reason Weetzie Bat hated high school was because no one understood. They didn't even realize where they were living." In fact, Block, 31, never set out to be a bard of puberty. Like other young-adult fiction authors, she woke up one morning to find herself metamorphosed into a standard-bearer for a genre she'd never thought much about.
February 6, 1994
Re "Coming of Age on the Printed Page" (Jan 25): I remember going to the local grocery store and sitting at the magazine stand for hours at a time to read Mad magazine and Cracked. It was a form of escape from the dreadful reality society was (and is) amid street gangs. Soon I began to check out library books on a regular basis--simple stories such as "Freckle Juice," to everything from Judy Blume, S.E. Hinton, to Louis L'Amour and countless other stories, magazines and newspapers. As I grew out of that genre, my interests graduated from young adult literature to sociology, history, mythology, philosophy, poetry, religions and classic literature.