E-Readers bad for kids? True Blood bad for brains? Zombies eat brains? Zombie Poetry?

Perhaps the interactive-quality of e-readers can instill unintended bits of harmful hyperactive-qualities.

  • Looks like there’s still some kinks yet to be worked out in the prevalence of E-reader devices. The Kindle Fire and the Nook Color seemed to be quite attractive for parents looking to aclimate their young one’s to the tablet reading experience. Turns out E-books can be as harmful as loud cartoon television programs or even Facebook for that matter. As the GuardianUK reports (Guardian Books) – all the bells and whistles can be distracting:

Enhanced ebooks are bad for children finds American study

  • And…Summer’s here again. For some (most?) of us at FPL that means geeking-out over another season of HBO’s popular vampire series, True Blood – the supernatural-sultry-soap-opera of cheeky blood-splattered cheese based upon author Charlene Harris’ Sookie Stackhouse series.  Looks like #13 will fittingly be the last book in her series – Word & Film reports: True Blood Runs Thin for Charlaine Harris: ‘Dead Ever After’ Will Close Sookie Stackhouse Series

    –Probably for the best, in this writer’s opinion… I can sense some shark-jumping moments coming for Season 5 (of the adapted TV version). Though, scoring Christopher Meloni (of Wet, Hot American Summer renown) is tempting to me – But maybe we should follow the Sopranos (or even the Wire)’s standards – that shows should never run too far past the 5th or 6th season. I dread seeing a possible 13th season of True Blood. That would definitely suck.

  • Turns out Vampires are old news, anyway – at least in terms of Literary phenomena – Brisbane Times reports that Zombies (though they’ve been stumbling around the mainstream for quite a while now) are beginning to pick up their pace, towards the tastes of page turners, anyhow. “Raising the undead…”
    “when The New York Times recently devoted an entire feature to exploring highbrow zombie poetry, who could be surprised?” Read more, including a table discerning Zombie Speak and nods to AMC’s The Walking Dead.
  • And so, in an unnatural segue (at least branching off of the lively poetry featured in that zombie piece^) might I suggest you acquaint yourself with our most recently named Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey, a professor of English and creative writing at Emory University in Atlanta – profiled in NPR’s book site.


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