Just stuff, mostly


I haven’t forgotten Where the Wild Things Are, but I just wanted to tell what happened to me yesterday, and give an update on School Library Journal’s Battle of the Books.

First, a story.


Friday night the Association for Psychoanalytic Thought sponsored a talk on Cosmetic Surgery and the Star Culture at the Institute–part of their Body and the Psyche series–by Virginia Blum. Dr. Blum is a professor of English at University of Kentucky, a research candidate at the Cincinnati Psychoanalytic Institute and author of Flesh Wounds, a book about cosmetic surgery. Good talk, and she looked specifically at people who get cosmetic surgery in order to look like their favorite stars.

Last night I climbed the scaffolding on the Bedside Book Stack of Doom and pulled down a book to read. It turned out to be Hide and Seek: The Child Between Psychoanalysis and Fiction by Virginia Blum. I’d purchased it a year or so ago and it just bubbled up to the top of the stack. There is synergy in the universe.

Back at SLJ’s BoB, Shannon Hale picked between two books I’ve never read, since I haven’t really considered graphic novels or short stories: The Storm in the Barn by Matt Phelan v.s. Tales from Outer Suburbia by Shaun Tan. I’m afraid I’ll have to read both books, which won’t help the Bedside Book Stack of Doom (BBSD) one bit.

Tomorrow Where the Wild Things Are, the book. I need to watch the movie a second time before I talk about it, I think. And I’ll let you know about Virginia Blum’s book.


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