Quote of the Day
Bookshelves of Doom (a fantastic blog for readers, particularly but not exclusively readers of YA) posted an EW interview with twentysomething quasi-celebrity Lauren Conrad and. . . bless her little heart, she seems like a sweet young woman but I think she hasn't matured enough to think before she speaks. I was stopped in my tracks by her description of The Great Gatsby as "fun." (Uhhhh, wasn't the title character kinda melancholy--not to mention at least one character in the story DIED?)
Nevertheless, her comment is very timely, as I've spotted quite a few students in the library with a copy of Gatsby in their hands, so I had to share the interview with our American Lit teachers. They all found it quite a hoot, and in fact the writing center teacher came to me asking for a forward because one of the AmLit teachers had mentioned it to her. So I sent it over, and she zeroed in on another LC gem, accompanied by the perfect zinger:
"I can stay in my PJ's and write."
I think that is just how Dostoyevsky felt.
Really, it was just AWESOME. And it came from the woman who helps our students improve their class papers and college application essays. Cool, huh?