Monday 5×5 for March 25, 2019
The New Yorker asks, when it comes to YA literature what’s the line between criticism and cancel culture?
Ironically, in a story all about Twitter mobs, librarian Twitter had some heavy words for the author of this article based on the fact that she only seemed to interview one middle-school librarian who had a very narrow view of what YA audiences are actually reading.
Over on the Takeout, a writer cooks his way through Anthony Bourdain’s Les Halles Cookbook
First, let us acknowledge the amazing name of a food website called the Takeout. Second, I’ve always loved the idea of cooking my way through a cookbook. And if you’re going to cook through anyone’s cookbook, why wouldn’t you choose Anthony Bourdain? (Also, now I really want some French onion soup.)
At the Guardian, Lulah Ellender examines famous literary rivalries
I mean, like, I get that having another author give you a bad review on your latest book might feel like a personal attack and all. But shooting a bullet through the reviewer’s own novel is a bit extra.
Electric Literature has six books made of weird materials
I love everything about the book made of slices of cheese. Meanwhile, the book of glass is just beautiful to look at. It appears as if the glass pages are different colors, which means as you flip through the colors layered on top of each other will create a different effect, both looking backwards and forwards. Genius.
From Topic, the true story of a 1980s mortician who turned his family’s funeral home into a real-life horror show
I am straight up warning y’all, this is some Devil in the White City madness happening here. Read at your own risk. (That said, if like me you are a fan of true crime and/or Six Feet Under: enjoy the ride.)