Friday, October 29, 2010
Thursday, October 28, 2010
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Give scary books for Halloween.
Writes Neil Gaiman on his blog:
You know, there aren't enough traditions that involve giving books.
I love this idea. I already ran out and bought the book I'm going to give. Pass it on.
**UPDATE** I received this book, and I gifted this.
I also like what Joe Hill had to say:
I’m going to adopt this as a Halloween habit and I hope you will too. The only thing I’d add is that I think you should also take twenty minutes on Halloween evening to read a scary story to your kids, or with your friends, or your family. Everyone reads The Night Before Christmas on Christmas Eve, which is fine, but Halloween is really a time to share a good bone-shaking horror story that will keep your loved ones awake at night.
I couldn't agree more. As Alvin Schwartz pointed out, scary stories want to be told. So, what are some of your favorite scary books?
Sunday, October 24, 2010
I put together a little collection of the various book jackets the novel has appeared with over the years. (above image by Erin Morelli)
Saturday, October 23, 2010
How is it the second to last weekend in October already? Oh God, I'm beginning to enter the mourning period I always experience at the end of October/Halloween and again when December/Christmas are over. I wait all year for the high points that are those two months! The rest of the year just seems so....blah..so regular and humdrum, in comparison. Oh boo.
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
which is one of the quietest places in the whole world.
The place continues under the sway of some witching power
that holds a spell over the minds of the good people,
causing them to walk in a continual reverie.
They are given to all kinds of marvelous beliefs,
are subject to trances and visions, and frequently see strange sights,
and hear music and voices in the air.
~Washington Irving, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
Imagine being able to visit a place from one of your very favorite childhood stories. Like finding that little cottage made entirely out of candy while walking through the woods, or happening upon a beanstalk that seems to reach clear up to the sky. Last Saturday, I stepped inside my all-time favorite story, or at least, I came as close as just about anybody can.
If you find yourself in Sleepy Hollow, you really must visit Washington Irving's Sunnyside - it was truly breathtaking. This time of year the whole place is almost totally consumed with vines and foliage -- the same ones planted by Irving when he lived there 175 years ago. I loved all the little nooks and narrow staircases and tiny windows in the house that looked out onto the Hudson River.
Yes please, I want to live in there.
To say that I grew up with The Legend of Sleepy Hollow would be a gigantic understatement - it practically defines whole "areas" of my childhood. It's sure to have fueled my love of the macabre and for good, old-fashioned ghost stories, and who knows how much influence the story had on my deciding to become a school teacher. (Unfortunately, one-room schoolhouses have ceased to exist). The little hamlet that Irving loved so much has also largely disappeared, or has at least been transformed. You can visit a few places for echos of what the place once was, but for the most part, it's just like countless other small towns. Except, of course, at night.
Sunday, October 17, 2010
Saturday, October 16, 2010
Friday, October 15, 2010
Thursday, October 14, 2010
I have crazy love and affection for this TV special. I think about it from time to time all year long, am constantly reminded of scenes, and repeat random quotes when I think they apply to a situation in my life. "Alright that's it! Are you coming or are you staying!?" The colors. The music. The very quirky, subtle humor. Blatant displays of cruelty between kids shown right alongside innocence and hopefulness. Charlie's Brown's deep depression.
"Oh Great Pumpkin, WHERE ARE YOU!?" I love Linus so much it actually hurts a little bit when I see/listen to him. So many adorable nuances and details. I've memorized the entire screenplay and get a great kick out of myself by reciting all the lines in sync with the characters. I own the DVD so I get to watch it three or four times every October, but if you don't own it, you need to find a TV to sit in front of on October 28th from 8:00-8:30 p.m.