I’ve got an interview up at the WIRED GeekDad blog today. This is a big deal for me, as I’ve been a gigiantic fan of the blog ever since they taught me about this dot-matrix printer made from Legos and Crayola markers:
I was interviewed by Jonathan Liu, who also happens to be a virtuoso Etch-a-Sketch artist. Check it out:
And while you’re at it, check out our interview. Mr Liu and I covered a ton of great topics — including the importance of men modeling reading, the impact of nonsense on children’s literature, the writing process, Laurence Sterne, yo-yos, etc. Also, I finally talk about the single work of children’s literature that influenced me more than any other! (Hint: it’s NOT Peter Pan!) Wanna know what book it was? Find out here.
Today is the birthday of America! Also my wife! Last year I found an old bicycle and re-painted it for her. As everyone knows, bicycles need names. Mine is “Danny the Champion of the World”. I named Mary’s after one of her favorite Dickens’ characters: ”Little Dorrit“.
I leave you all with a patriotic quote from children’s author and all-round smartypants, EB White:1
“Democracy is the recurrent suspicion that more than half of the people are right more than half of the time.”
And while we’re at it, something from Mark Twain:
“God created war so that Americans would learn geography.”
I might add that this is also why God created Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego. Do it, Rockapella!
Mary is an insane crafter. I turn my back for ten seconds, and the next thing I know she’s making a quilt, or painting a chair, or re-wiring an old chandelier. As you can imagine, a number of the crafts in our house are book-related. I thought I’d start sharing some of our more bookish creations on The Scop. First up, a series of shadowboxes we made for our bookshelves: