— Kids like video games, right? How about Shakespeare? How about a Shakespeare video game? For real. The game, Speare, will have kids shooting alien spaceships and piecing together Romeo and Juliet, which should round out their geek cred early in life. Sounds pretty awesome to me.
— In the post I wrote a couple of weeks ago about Virginia Tech, I pointed out that I hoped the shooter’s angry writing wouldn’t cause all angry writing to be viewed as potentially dangerous, but it looks like this is already happening. (Via Maud Newton.)
— Didn’t you think that The Da Vinci Code mania was dead? Yeah, me too. I was pretty sure that Tom Hanks and his mullet of doom had killed it off for good, but apparently not. (Maybe it’s a zombie.) See, the media is still milking its name for news, as evidenced by this story about a new mystery revealed at Rosslyn Chapel in Scotland. The story itself is kind of interesting, but is this place forever going to be linked to Dan Brown’s horrible novel? Why am I asking? The answer of course is yes.
— This story has been around a little while, but hasn’t been mentioned here, so I thought I’d tell you that there’s nothing greater than when the publishing industry invents a label for a type of writing. The newest subgenre for you to find in your local Barnes & Noble? Misery Lit. I’d be excited, but I’m too busy hating the futile, meaningless world. Sigh.
— Here’s an interesting article in The Believer about Ginsberg’s Wichita Vortex Sutra.
— Any book review that says “the brains of male sparrows mixed with goat fat, roasted wolf’s penis, rocket (which “stirreth up lust”), or bread that had been kneaded with a woman’s buttocks” gets a link. That’s a matter of policy. (Sure, I just made up that policy, but it’s a good one.)
— Perhaps the only surprise here is that it’s just happening now, but it looks like the Army is going to be cracking down on blogs and email written from warzones.
— The Philadelphia Inquirer has a review of The Friendship, which is about the, well, friendship between poets William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge.
— On Feministing: an interview with Origami Striptease author Peggy Munson. Some interesting things about lesbian gender and censorship, and also I have to mention that there’s a little bit in there about iambic meter.
— Virginia Woolf’s “Shakespeare’s Sister” reprinted in The Guardian. If you’ve never encountered it before (or even if you have), it’s totally worth your time.