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I enjoyed Stephen King’s new short story, “Herman Wouk Is Still Alive,” and his interview with James Parker about “the creative process, the state of fiction, and more.”

YA authors and anyone else interested in teen-centric environments, check out Rania Matar’s photo series A Girl And Her Room. I’m an absolute sucker for this kind of thing. If you are too, may I also commend to your attention Adrienne Salinger’s now-vintage In My Room: Teenagers In Their Bedrooms from 1995, and also teenagebedroom.tumblr.com, commencing 2010 and continuing as I type.

I don’t have a table at Stumptown this year, but I’ll probably be lurking around some. If you’re in Portland, you should too! (Come to Stumptown, I mean — whether to lurk is your choice.)

Finally,†Barbara Hambly reminds us of the importance of refueling. I’m linking to this in part to remind myself to do it.

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  • sara z.
    April 15, 2011 at 6:57 pm

    I love you! I have 3 end-of-day hours to kill before making an airport run. And now I have links. Huzzah.

  • sarah-marie
    April 15, 2011 at 7:58 pm

    It’s interesting to me that you are sucked in by the R. Matar photo series. There is a discussion on a feminist board on ravelry.com in which the consensus is that the photos are disturbing because most of the girls look sad and/or have vacant expression; that the lack of diversity in body type and in economic status is unrepresentative; and that the images look overly and inexpertly posed.

    • Sara
      April 16, 2011 at 10:11 pm

      s-m: Wow, I had no idea. I was just looking at them in the context of the “teens in their rooms” genre of photography — I’m endlessly fascinated by the ways teens (and adults, for that matter) decorate their spaces, so I wasn’t questioning the other aspects. (I also really like Lauren Greenfield‘s work, which some might find problematic as well.)

      And SZ: you’re welcome!