Friday, June 8, 2012

Food for Thought Fridays: NPR hosts are pretty darn funny!

Today, I'll be kicking off the first of my Food for Thought Fridays posts.  These are basically an eclectic collection of links to stories, videos, book reviews--basically, anything that catches my fancy over the week because it's interesting, worth thinking about, or just plain hilarious.

News from the Publishing World

Barnes & Noble is not happy about the Justice Department's proposed settlements with the publishers accused of colluding with Apple.

All Things Books

Ray Bradbury dies at the age of 91.  If you've never read Fahrenheit 451, you really, really should.

Looking for good summer reads?  Epic flowchart to the rescue!

Seventeen-year-old Sarah Turbin wins the contest to redesign the cover for An Abundance of Katherines by John Green.

Lev Grossman meditates on reading while walking. (Pssst, Lev, ever heard of an audio book?)

Harry Potter fans, you just may need to get a Sony Play Station: J.K. Rowling has written new content for the game Book of Spells.

Authors make the world a better place: best selling author James Patterson has created an endowment at my alma mater, Michigan State University, to fund scholarships for teachers training in urban areas.


Some good advice on things to consider before self-publishing a book. 

Jessica Park's rousing explanation of why she thinks self-publishing trumps publishing houses.

Kobo throws its hat into the ring of self-publishing platforms.

Around the Interwebs

This infographic provides way more information than you've ever wanted to know about Pinterest users.

Slate's Future of Food feature contains a wealth of information, including an examination of why Home Ec should be a mandatory subject in school.

This infographic makes the case that there's a gender gap in coverage of the 2012 elections.

Bring the Funny

Just in case you thought NPR hosts don't have a sense of humor, they decided to prove you wrong by doing a dramatic reinterpretation of Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe".

I've heard even President Obama is a big fan of that song.