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Odds and Ends 5/19/16

May 19, 2016

The whole “publish a YA version of a popular/blockbuster adult title” thing perplexes me. The latest entry: The DaVinci Code by Dan Brown… the YA version will be abridged but will maintain the general story about symbologist Robert Langdon and cryptographer Sophie Neveu, who race to unravel a conspiracy that could shake Western culture.” Other books to receive the YA-reboot treatment include Laura Hillenbrand’s Unbroken, and other works of nonfiction. Part of me wants to read an original book and its YA adapted version side-by-side. A larger, saner part of me wants to never read The DaVinci Code ever again. (Although, I read it in the best possible circumstances: in tandem with a former Jesuit who made wonderfully funny outraged-Muppet noises at all of the Church law and history Brown got wrong. Good times.)

Why we put candles on a birthday cake. My birthday is coming up in a few days. Yay, me!

Reading about a day in Lin-Manuel Miranda’s life makes me tired. But a delightful kind of tired.His energy is boundless, and kind of staggering.

15 Books to Help Learn About Comics. Putting these on my library list

Neat idea, lovely presentation: Poetic WordClouds from MyPoeticSide. Data analysis of poetry, beautifully visualized. This is exactly in my sweet spot. Here’s what Robert Frost’s most common words look like.

Robert Frost

Presented by My Poetic Side

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