Links! Things to read on Friday afternoon! Admit it, you're ready to go home now, right? I hear you.
First up: I'm over at Kirkus today, talking about how a lot of book covers look very similar because There's Only One Shade of Cover Art now:
Because the Fifty Shades of Grey covers were so distinct and so very, very not romance-like, and, obviously, so successful, there's been a lot of Shadesesque cover art of late.
If there's a stock photograph of a monochrome close-up on some fashion accessory possibly carried by a dude, chances are, it's been on a book cover. Considering how many people bought Fifty Shades of Grey (and according to Bookscan, that number was over 6.5 million copies sold as of December 30, 2012) there's an understandable desire on the part of anyone involved in book publishing to grab the attention of at least some of those people who bought those 6.5 million copies. And if you're looking to send a message that one book is much like another at a glance, you go for similar art.
Someday we'll see new more better and different covers, but who knows what they'll look like. Probably two hands holding an apple. Or some nailclippers!
This story has taken up residence in my brain and is not leaving: a time capsule from 1913 was opened this week in Oklahoma. A church raised money for a new organ by creating a time capsule, and the artifacts and pieces of history from 1913 that were hidden in the Century Chest were amazing. Have a look at the pictures – I think there will be some women fighting over that hat.
This tickles my brain in so many ways. I love that the time capsule sent coffee to the future – because the people of Oklahoma in 1913 were some SMART PEOPLE. There were letters to the descendants of some families, phonograph recordings, and a telephone. I love that the telephone cord was green. I've only seen pictures of them in black and white and seeing pieces of history in color was incredible. I love that the governor and mayor of the state and the town in 1913 left letters, which were read by the current governor and mayor. Most of all, I love that this fundraiser rested on the assured faith that in 100 years, there would be people in that church, in that place, and that their families and town and the state of Oklahoma would be there. It's amazing.
The pieces of the time capsule will be part of an exhibit at the Oklahoma Historical Society this fall. Oklahoma, I will so be visiting you this year.
I'm sort of tempted to propose a similar project at my synagogue, but that might mean being put on a committee -or God forbid, a task force!
If you were to choose an artifact of your life to represent you to the world 100 years from now in 2113, what would you chose? Would it be a romance? A letter? What would you put in a time capsule for the future?
Brianna Beattie sent me this incredible link to photographs of some wrestlers: “They pumped iron for the ladies.” It's just excellent. Enjoy. Grab some tanning oil.
Author Vicki Essex has started a campaign to get Canadian actor Tahmoh Penikett to pose for Harlequin covers – specifically her own. Even more awesome: he's agreed via Twitter, but only if he gets to sport some rockin' “Fabio hair.” So now Essex has coordinated a petition to make this magic happen.
I love this plan! I so hope this happens.