I’ve dutifully spent time today learning more about author Jim Shepard. Did you know that he is a professor of creative writing and film at Williams College? Or that he is the author of six novels? Or that his novel, Project X, won the 2005 Library of Congress/Massachusetts Book Award for Fiction, as well as the ALEX Award from the American Library Association? Well, you do now. I feel confident that after today, I will be able to handle myself deftly in any conversation in which Jim Shepard becomes a topic.
Learn more about Shepard and check out an excerpt from his latest book, You Think That’s Bad on NPR.org.
TBB Note: I can’t take credit for this post because it was in Mel’s drafts box, but it is hilarious and we miss her so I thought, what the hey, I’ll post it! Meanwhile, my five followers over at *Taps Mic* are getting this today: *crickets* You guys are so fun though! (Why yes, that is shameless promotion for my tumblr blog, *Taps Mic*. Mel specifically said in her instructions to me before she left, “Dear TdoubleB: Please please PLEASE shamelessly promote your tumblr blog, *Taps Mic*, all week long.” So there. I have vowed to follow her instrux to.the.letter.)
I found this piece in the NPR archive and thought it was hilarious. It’s old, but decent.
After substantial research I’ve concluded that the following topics are the cornerstones of NPR’s Most E-mailed articles:
Food stories and recipes
Neti pots (These ancient homeopathic devices are used for nasal irrigation. A story about them was #1 most e-mailed for 2007.)