April 30th, 2008

Cursing kids

When we had our kid, my husband and I swore we would stop swearing – at least in front of kid. And I thought we were doing pretty good.

But then came the day when my baby, about 16 months old, was sitting in the highchair, covered in pasta and sauce, and happily murmuring, “Ah-hoh. Ah-hoh.”

My husband and I looked at each other in horror. It sounded just like “a@@hole.” But we didn’t use that kind of language any more.

Ah! But it turned out we did. It was our favorite spur-of-the-moment word to use when someone cut us off in traffic or otherwise endangered our lives behind the wheel. And there was our sweet baby, buckled safely in the carseat, and hearing – and repeating – every word.

It turns out we weren’t alone, as you can read here.

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OMG! I could even be IN the movie with Viggo Mortensen

The paper says they are looking for someone to play Charlize Theron's body double in the movie they are filming here in Oregon of THE ROAD - in a scene with Viggo Mortensen!

I know I can do this! According to the casting call, all I need is:
- milky white skin. Check!
- blonde or dirty blonde hair. Clairol, here I come! So check!
- to be five foot nine to five foot eleven. I'm five foot eight. So all I need to do is stand up really, really straight. So check!
- wear a size six to eight. I think I have a jacket in my closet that is a size eight. Again, check!
- be four months pregnant. I have a little bit of a belly. So again, I say, check! And mate!

Because I get to share a scene with Viggo! And make $125 a day! And be immortalized on screen!

Stardom, here I come!

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Sheman Alexie: "I’m a capitalistic whore"

The title just shows what happens when you take something out of context. It's just part of a quote from a panel Publishers Weekly held in its “Think Future” series. "The panel, sponsored by Kensington Publishing, included Sherman Alexie, author of The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian; Dara La Porte, manager of the children’s department at Politics and Prose in Washington, D.C.; H. Jack Martin, assistant coordinator of young adult services at New York Public Library; and George Nicholson, senior agent at Sterling Lord Literistic; it was moderated by PW children’s reviews editor Elizabeth Devereaux." [Full disclosure: I kind of wished they had picked an author who had written more than one YA, but maybe that's just me.]

What Alexie said in full was: “I thought I’d been condescended to because I’m an Indian,” he said. “That was nothing compared to the condescension I get because I’ve written a YA novel.” He said that fellow writers have also accused him of chasing a lucrative market. “Because I’ve written a book about a 16-year-old,” he said, “that means I’m a capitalistic whore."

A lot of authors feel disdained if they write mysteries, or sci-fi, or YA, or anything but literary novels.

For more on this panel, read a report right here.

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