Last week, contest entries offered great pairings of classic books and modern adapters for the screen. While they were all fabulous (read them all!), my favorite was Quentin Tarantino's adaptation of The Magic School Bus. So congrats, Sarah: as the winner you get to play Miss Frizzle in the movie. Spoiler: you will probably be hacked to pieces in a terrifying way, but Tarantino will make it fabulous.
So a lot of things happened in publishing this week that were probably serious and informational. Today, however, is going to be short and sweet, and pull almost exclusively from my category labeled "cool shit" (oh yea, I have labels. Ask me about my system some time—it. Is. Fascinating. Like watching paint dry). Slate has a cool article about the journey of sex (and its more vulgar synonyms) into the dictionary. These evolutions have led us to the erotic retelling of 1,001 Nights. Slate also puts together a primer on the term "racism," and there's a new dictionary for drinkers. Oxford has modernized, to keep up with the drunks, by dropping extraneous hyphens. Also for your referencing needs are these books for frugal fashionistas. I'll comment on these fabbosh reference books in one of my two future careers: as America's Next Top Pundit, or as an extra in A Game of Thrones on HBO (what? I could be a man adept at horse riding).
If I can't be a horse-riding extra, I'm kind of screwed, because an alternate career path as a writer seems kind of less than awesome, mostly because being an artist requires living like one. And understanding copyrights. And having an online platform and a "positive reputation." On the other hand, I wouldn't have to go to workshops, and age has nothing to do with talent sooo... no, still not happening.
And don't go thinking about releasing all of my round ups as a posthumous collection—it won't do justice to my intentions. You can, however, write historical fiction about my life, as it is making a comeback. Also forthcoming and potentially weird and/or awesome: vooks! Yea, that's right: video books. Everyone is talking about vooks, here and here and here. Honestly, I think this is a stupid name—it couldn't be v-books? Sounds like e-books? Isn't so stupid? But maybe other people are all about this.
So a question for you, readers: vooks? Good? Bad? Fun? Irritating? Let us know in the comments!