Really, I just want to throw issues of Lumberjanes at everyone's head, but as that isn't really an option—have you ever thrown a comic book? they don't go far—here are some morning links of interest:
- At BetterEd: Middle School Reading Lists 100 Years Ago vs. Today. "With such a list in hand, I decided to examine if the common accusation that today’s education standards have been dumbed down is really true. To make sure I wasn’t unfairly weighting this survey in favor of the past, I went to one of the Twin Cities metro area's finest districts, namely, Edina Public Schools." This is an older link, but is suddenly making the rounds—and yet, somehow I'm blanking on where I saw it first, sigh. I have no doubt that it will start another round of the Old Books versus Contemporary Books debate.
- At io9: What Does It Mean That James Bond's In the Public Domain In Canada? "Broadly, this means that Fleming's Bond books can be published and sold by anyone in Canada, there could be Canadian film adaptations of the novels, and people could write their own Bond stories. So long as they did these things in Canada or one of the other countries where Bond is now in the public domain. It gets trickier if you try to leave the borders of those countries."
- At Deadline: Ansel Elgort Joins Chloë Moretz In ‘November Criminals’. " Ansel Elgort has inked his next major role after enjoying a breakout 2014 with hits The Fault in Our Stars and Divergent, both opposite the Golden Globes-nominated Shailene Woodley. Now he’s set to star with Chloë Grace Moretz in November Criminals, the teen thriller adaptation that Hitchcock‘s Sacha Gervasi is directing for Lotus Entertainment." Ah, Hollywood, Land of Only Three Young Actors.
- At the NYT: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar to Publish a Novel About Sherlock Holmes’s Brother Mycroft. "Mr. Abdul-Jabbar, a 19-time N.B.A. All-Star, began reading Arthur Conan Doyle’s stories more than 40 years ago, during his rookie season. “I was fascinated by Holmes’s ability to see clues where other people saw nothing,” he said in a statement released by his publisher. “Mycroft Holmes” was written with the screenwriter and producer Anna Waterhouse." Huh. Points to him for not writing the much more common celebrity offering—Thinly Veiled Memoir With Added Romance And Adventure—or a picture book, I guess.
- At SLJ: Highly Anticipated Titles from Printz-Winning Authors.
- At Humble Bundle: Humble Image Comics Bundle 2: Image Firsts. I already own a few of these, but for THAT price, I don't mind some doubles.