Wednesday, January 28, 2004

The Horn Book Came!

The January/February issue of The Horn Book arrived so I have some interesting things to talk about for a couple of days.

The issue starts out with a really amusing (amusing, not gut-bustingly funny) editorial by Roger Sutton, The Horn Book's editor. Evidently, he was asked to appear on Bill O'Reilly's show to discuss Madonna's children's book The English Roses. Now, I refuse to pass judgement on Madonna's book because I haven't read it. Evidently that doesn't stop ol' Bill, who says, according to Sutton, that he's only "looked at it." Sutton's response? "...we're not talking about The English Patient here: Harvard grad O'Reilly should have been able to get through Madonna's book in ten minutes..." Actually, I think O'Reilly got his undergraduate degree from Marist College in Poughkeepsie. Maybe he has a graduate degree from Harvard.

Anyway, the editorial is amusing, has a point that any fool can understand, and is short. My three biggest requirements for a piece of magazine nonfiction!

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