But if Darth Vader got his hands on the Elder Wand AND the Ring of Power….

You can always tell it’s March Madness time when everyone starts breaking out tournament brackets for everything imaginable. And we hopelessly nonathletic nerds will not be left out of the fun! So Half-Price Books is running an online “Tournament of Villains,” a bracket of evil that includes baddies from film, literature, and comic books, mostly … More But if Darth Vader got his hands on the Elder Wand AND the Ring of Power….

America’s Next Top Author (and other fantasy programs for book lovers) (via Here’s To Us)

You know we all do this. I’ve actually filled notebook pages with ideas like this, and just the other day I was remarking to a fellow educator how I occasionally fantasize about precisely this sort of “Project Runway” / “Design Star” / [name your reality show] approach to a writing classroom. It would never work … More America’s Next Top Author (and other fantasy programs for book lovers) (via Here’s To Us)

Good-bye, New York

Good-bye, Manhattan. Good-bye, Hilton New York. Good-bye Best Western President. Good-bye, Chrysler Building. Say hi to the others — I’ll catch them next time. Good-bye, Broadway. Good-bye 5th Avenue. Good-bye 59th Street. Good-bye corner of Grove and Benton — what great Friends you made. So long, Times Square. You’re a little flashy, but I like … More Good-bye, New York

With apologies

For the three people actually reading this, I’m sorry: It’s been a long day. My morning started — after very little sleep — with my witnessing the motorcade of someone famous (I’ve yet to learn who) pulling away from the Fox News headquarters, and ended with some brilliant and engaging conversation about the creative process … More With apologies