A funny thing happened on the way to this Monday… the Oscars! Huge lobster found off the coast of Maine

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Sacha Baron Cohen stole the show, in my opinion, plugging The Dictator in costume. No surprise there! A few hours after the photo below was taken, Samantha Murphy on Mashable Entertainment writes about his “shenanigans.” The actor and comedian dumped the fake ashes of Kim Jong Il onto Ryan Seacrest… here’s Murphy’s piece.

(Jason Merritt – GETTY IMAGES)

And the winners are…

Best Picture – The Artist, Michel Hazanavicius
Best Actor – Jean Dujardin, The Artist
Best Director – Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist
Best Art Direction, Best Cinematography – Hugo, Martin Scorcese
Best Actress – Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady
Best Original Screenplay – Midnight in Paris, Woody Allen

  • Coverage from The New Yorker throughout the year of Best Picture nominees; Archive.
  • Oscars “Snubs and Omissions”, according to ForbesAccording to the piece, the failure of any of these six films to receive a nomination is to be considered a notable omission: We Need To Talk About KevinThe Girl With The Dragon TattooDrive, Bridesmaids, and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2. Article. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo won Best Film Editing, though…
  • By 9:30 p.m., 3 book-based films had won an award.
  • Bonus from 2011’s ceremony: CollegeHumor’s “Top Ten ‘James Franco Is Stoned’ Oscar Moments”; video.

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Bon Appetit’s food blog Friday had some great entries: the Titantic’s final lunch menu is up for auction and expected to fetch 100,000 pounds, a 27-pound lobster was found and released of the coast of Maine, and astronauts, theoretically, crave spicy foods due to a compromised sense of smell.

Here’s the Telegraph piece on the menu auction, and here’s the MSNBC article on the huge lobster.  Find the other selections and links in BA‘s blog post.

(source: Reuters)

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Political pamphlets, serial-style novels… what other tricks of the publishing trade are ebook marketers using to get readers interested and keep them there?

Here’s the piece by Benedicte Page.

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And it continues… after an ESPN writer was fired and a news anchor suspended for using and then repeating the phrase “Chink in the Armor” in regard to Jeremy Lin, Ben and Jerry’s just announced they’ve replaced fortune cookie pieces with waffle cone bits in their Lin-inspired ice cream, “Taste the Lin-Sanity.”

Here’s the article on CNN.

Ben & Jerrys Apologizes for Lin Sanity Fortune Cookie Ice Cream

(Image Source: Boston Globe)

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You’ll be amazed and impressed and the number of examples Christophe Courtois has found for each of his categories. Among them? Large faces above small figures on a beach, people lying in bed, and a stark blue background with an image, often a silhouette, in the foreground of the poster.

From 22 Words: List, with numerous examples.

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From io9.com, “Survival Books to keep on your bookshelf in case of the apocalypse”; here’s the list.

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(Source: The Londoner)

Drooling. Seriously. Recipe (click if you dare).

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A funny thing happened on the way to this Monday… An inspiring story for the would-be published novelist, Nile Gardner’s Top 10 Conservative Movies of the Modern Era

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  • What’s been happening in the District this weekend? Find some of the events, lectures and discussions that occurred earlier this weekend and are continuing into the week here.
  • Read ABCNews‘ coverage of the quote controversy (just the newest of, in my opinion, unfortunate conflicts over this new impressive memorial) here.
                                            (photo credit: Rachel Cooper, about.com)
  • What’s cooking today? Epicurious suggests you regard the day off of work and the weather as reasons to break out the crock pot or the stock pot (and end up with leftovers for the week). Find “Federal Holiday Food Projects” here. I’ve been planning to make vegetable soup all week but will be waiting until Wednesday when I will have turnips and spinach (*see below). Here is a super yummy-looking chicken soup recipe from Foodista.

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                                                  (photo credit: The Inquisitr.com)
Check out the full list of Golden Globes nominees and winners; here are red-carpet photos from The Washington Post.

I didn’t get to watch the show, but there are a few categories in which I was interested.

  • Downton Abbey (Masterpiece) on PBS won the award for Best Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television.
  • Martin Scorese won the Best Director award for Hugo.
  • Matt LeBlanc won the award for Best Actor in a Television Series – Comedy or Musical for the Showtime production Episodes. Also nominated? Alec Baldwin from NBC’s 30 Rock and David Duchovny from Showtime’s Californication.
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I find even the idea of listing  “conservative” or “liberal” films a bit absurd (mostly because I think that all forms of art are by nature rather subjective) let alone ranking them not quite by quality but by their representation of certain values. But still, this was fun to read. I recommend you read the whole piece by Nile Gardner of The Telegraph. Well-written and intriguing.
Number one? Chariots of Fire,  directed by Hugh Hudson and released in 1981.
Find out why… Here’s the full list!
Read Asawin Suebsaeng‘s article “One Right-Winger’s Terrible List of ‘Top 10 Conservative Movies'” here in Mother Jones.
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The White Library’s “Farmhouse Breakfast Brunch Inspiration” post is indeed inspiring, not to mention mouthwatering. On the menu? Quiche, maple bacon, and perfect little French toast triangles.
                                  (photo credit: Sandra of The White Library)
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Hocking, in need of a few hundred dollars to make ends meet, ending up making over a million dollars self-publishing her novels and selling them online. I found this story riding home on the metro one day and was truly inspired. Not for myself necessarily,  but for the several brilliant and creative people I know who have written novels and are truly, seemingly fruitlessly, to share them with the world.
I hope you too enjoy reading Amanda’s story. Here’s the article from The Guardian. And here’s the list of her books for sale on Amazon.com!
While you’re there, check out Underwood by A.M. Henry. I’m reading it now and enjoying it immensely. The author of Underwood is another writer using Amazon.com’s self-publishing options to distribute her book; you can get her book in paperback.

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  • Schezuan tofu and green bean stir fry. Here’s the recipe from The Huffington Post.
    Szechuan Tofu & Green Bean Stir-Fry                                                             (photo credit: Ken Burris)
  • Turnip soup from Epicurious.

A funny thing happened on the way to this Monday… 21st Century Publishing Success Stories, Bieber gets to shake Obama’s hand

-o- Kim Jong Il dies at age 69
CNN‘s coverage on Kim Jong Un, the successor; The Washington Post‘s coverage of the event; The New York Timesstory on the anxiety in the region.

-o- 7 new apps to download this week
From Mashable; see the piece here. My favorite? “Santa’s Big Helper”… if you can stomach the idea of downloading a Christmas app (and then using it to trick your kids…)

-o- Michelle Bachmann on Kinsey’s estimate of the gay population
When asked by a self-proclaimed “gay-friendly Iowan” if she was aware that 10% of Americans are gay, Bachmann replied that those numbers were according to “the Kinsey report” and have been known to be wrong for years now. Bachmann’s husband, who works at a clinic long-suspected of trying to “cure” homosexuality, backed his wife, informing the questioner that Kinsey’s work is no longer considered “valid.”
Dr. Kinsey is famous for his research on human sexual behavior in the 1940s and 1950s; he shocked the world when he claimed 10% of the male population was gay. Studies and polls since then have come up with numbers from1%-8%. Here’s the story on CNN’s political ticker blog.

-o- 21st Century Publishing success stories
21st-century publishing seems a terrifying field, but it is the industry I want to be a part of. I found this article from The Guardian on successful publishing in the digital age inspiring.

-o- 10 most popular Twitter pics this week
Also from Mashable – see all the 10 most popular photos on Twitter this week here. Among them? Taylor Swift’s new red shoes, Justin Bieber shaking hands with Barack Obama, and a conversation between Santa and Jesus.

-o- Eat This, Not That’s NEW Worst Supermarket Foods
Reading these lists can be upsetting, but it’s so worth it! Slideshow, List.

-o- The Ultimate Christmas Gift
With the holidays looming, I would venture to guess no one has time to make these this year. But still, drool over the photo on Gojee and file it somewhere for the day you are determined to give them a try!

Best Books of 2011

I have collected several “Best Books of 2011” lists. Click on the source of the list for the full contents. Enjoy!

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Among those recommended by Goodreads is Veronica Roth’s Divergent.

Among the  Publisher’s Weekly selections is The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides.

According to The New York Times, The Tiger’s Wife by Téa Obreht makes the list.

The Kirkus Review included The Call by Yannick Murphy in the year’s best.

Cover art for THE CALL

According to The Guardian, Sarah Raven’s Wild Flowers belongs among this year’s picks.

The Globe and Mail included Methodist Hatchet, a collection of poems by Ken Babstock, among their finalists.

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Any personal nominations?

A funny thing happened on the way to this Monday…

Good morning! I’m going to start a new series of weekly blog posts that will highlight interesting articles, stories or photos I found over the weekend that I feel are worth a visit.

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-o- The 21st-century literary salon
What to do when you are unmoored, highly educated, and have been looking for a job for over a year in the publishing world? Why, start your own literary salon, of course. And that’s just what a group of young men and women in New York City did. Read about The New Inquiry in The New York Times.

-o- The Worst Book Ever
Despite my proclaimed literary aspirations I must admit I only recently discovered the Publisher’s Weekly blog and I generally find it informative and amusing. Last week they declared Microwave for One by Sonia Allison the absolute worst book ever. This book’s awfulness even trumped two previous nominees for Worst Book Ever – How to Avoid Huge Ships and Dildo Cay.

-o- 45 possible winners of the National Geographic Photo Contest 2011
National Geographic granted The Atlantic‘s In Focus with Alan Taylor an early peek at some of the entries to this year’s photo contest. Find them here. (My favorite is #12 but man, #16 is cool… oh no, just got to #33. I am obviously biased toward the Nature/Animal photos.)

-o- Facebook is expanding
Facebook announced an expansion plan in a press conference attended by New York’s Mayor Michael Bloomberg as well as other officials. Facebook is opening its first non West Coast-based software center in New York; the facility is slated to be up and running by early next year. Facebook also bought Gowalla, a Texas-based social networking company. Read BBC’s coverage.

-o- Cain steps aside, Trump decides to host a debate
So who will it be? Mitt Romney still seems to hold “national electability” appeal (love those politico-phrases), but Gingrich appears to have a lot of momentum behind him. And now Rick Santorum has thrown his hat in the ring. The Washington Post  asks, will Cain endorse Gingrich? And Donald Trump decides to host a debate between remaining candidates for the primary, but Ron Paul says he won’t attend what he’s sure will be a circus-like event.

-o- 13 Pet Apps
I went back and forth on including this but hey, they’re fun! Mashable’s Charlie White posted 13 helpful apps for pets – here they are!

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