The first was a review of a new biography on Helen Gurley Brown, former editor of Cosmo for thirty-two years and the author of Sex and the Single Girl (1962). Dubbed the original Carrie Bradshaw for her views, Brown sounds like a fascinating woman who climbed her way to the top by using everything she had available to her.
I also found it interesting that the year she was "gently forced out of the editorship of Cosmopolitan" was the same year I graduated high school.
The second article that caught my eye is about the upcoming print book from Randall Munroe, the genius behind the on line comic strip xkcd.
I love that the author of this article describes the book as "you know, dead trees, ink, no text search, nonadjustable font size."
Also, just for fun: my favorite strip at xkcd.
I'm reading several different accounts of this year's London Book Fair and they all seem to be saying the same thing: just like last year, except smaller. As cool as I think it would be to go to the London Book Fair (or the Frankfurt Book Fair, etc.), I think that BEA would be a lot more fun. From everything I've heard about it, it sounds just like Comic Con, except there won't be anyone dressed up like a Wookie.
The fourth book in Diane Peterfreund's Secret Society series, Tap & Gown, comes out at the end of May. This series has become my perfect start-of-summer book for me; I read the last one, Rites of Spring (Break), on the plane when I moved to New York.
An informative post about Judith Krug, the director of the ALA's Office of Intellectual Freedom and the founder of Banned Books Week, is up at Blogher. I have to say that I never once thought about who started Banned Books Week and perhaps I should have. It's never to late, right?