March 22, 2007

The Beat pointed to Booklist’s Top 10 Graphic Novels for Youth, which led me to discover that the magazine devoted the entire March 15 issue to a “Spotlight on Graphic Novels.”

Other features include:

  • A piece on the building blocks of a library manga collection for teens, by Robin Brenner
  • The Top Ten Graphic Novels 2007, i.e., those books the magazine reviewed most favorably between March 2006 and January 2007
  • An interview with Gene (American Born Chinese) Yang and Andy (Owly) Runton
  • An interview with Alison (Fun Home) Bechdel, which includes discussion of the recently resolved controversy in Marshall, Missouri
  • And bunches of other awesome stuff.
  • Seriously, go, read.

    Life and thymes

    March 22, 2007

    After seeing Food Network’s Chefography on Sandra Lee, I feel like she’s been placed squarely off limits for ridicule or criticism. As Thelma Ritter’s Birdie said in All About Eve, “What a story! Everything but the bloodhounds snappin’ at her rear end.” (Great. Now I’m hearing Bette Davis’s Margo issuing her rejoinder about third-rate vaudevillians.)

    Last night’s look at Nigella Lawson only confirmed my opinion that she’s an international treasure. I’m a little puzzled about the vintage of episodes of her show that airs on Sundays. The bio seemed to indicate that she was producing new episodes for Food Network, but I’d be willing to swear that they’d aired previously on a different network. Maybe she’s repurposed some recipes and menus from old shows and used measurements familiar to U.S. audiences (cups instead of grams and the like) instead of starting from… well… scratch. I don’t really care, because I love her and would happily watch her make instant oatmeal in the microwave.

    I’d love to see a Chefography on Alton Brown, who is probably the only Food Network male I want to know more about. (I already feel like I know too much about Emeril Lagasse and Mario Batali, and the less I know about Bobby Flay, the better.)

    Anyway, there’s a Chefography marathon on Sunday, though Food Network’s web site is so difficult to navigate and slow to load that I can’t be bothered to find out who’s on the schedule.