Well, had this post just about wrapped up when the whole computer crashed on me. Viva la internet! Let’s see if I can recover what I lost.
First off, the best thing in the world. Best. The world. Ever.
He is, for the record, on Twitter now. I’m a bit reluctant to tell you this since I like being one of his few followers. Ah well. It was there that I discovered this video as well. Oh, Huffington Post. You knew not what you wrought.
Bet Angelina Jolie looks positively easy in comparison now, eh? Geez, he’s good.
Meanwhile, also at BEA, we had other authors singing. Michael Buckley brings us Lionel Ritchie while Gareth Hinds, Phil Bildner, and Tom Angleberger juggle behind him at the BEA silent auction. Not so silent now!!
Thanks to Alvina Ling for the link.
Switching gear away from singing (but focusing just as much on white men standing in front of crowds doing things) this was taken in Australia. It’s at a bus depot where a lot of preachers have a tendency to stand on milk crates. Or, in this case, read from the true word of caterpillars.s
Five Hail Marys and four ripe red strawberries. Thanks to Marci for the link.
Well good one, America. I hope you’re happy now. You just made LeVar Burton cry.
By the way – the folks getting upset about this? Do we truly have nothing else to be upset about? Let the blooming Rainbow have its day.
Now, of course, that every Kickstarter gets this kind of support. Case in point, Literary Lots. The idea? “Literary Lots will transform 2 vacant lots near inner-city libraries into four-week literary spaces for children in Cleveland. Working together with local artists around themes from specific children’s books, we will re-create places, concepts, and images from these books…” Nicely done. The video is a bit off on its year (it says 2013 by accident) but the idea is still a nice one.
Thanks to Pink Me for the link.
In other news, ALA recently released a controversial movie it produced (?!) back in 1977 called The Speaker. They’ll be showing it at the upcoming ALA Conference in Vegas as well. Why the controversy? Well, as their press release put it:
The film depicts a high school Current Events club that decides to invite a white supremacist professor from a local college to address the student body and the controversy that ensues. It was intended for schools, libraries and other organizations to encourage them to discuss the true meaning of the freedom of expression, particularly regarding “tolerance for ideas we detest.” Many ALA members objected to the film’s subject matter and the process by which the film was produced. After contentious debate at the 1977 Annual Conference, multiple ALA bodies voted down proposals to remove the organization’s name from the film.
So in case you’ve 42 minutes to spare . . .
And finally, for our off-topic video, the bloody thing that crashed my computer in the first place. And you know what? Worth it. Check out what happens when you sing an 800-year-old Icelandic hymn in a German train station.