It’s like she’s just had a book published, or something

May 7th, 2008 • Kate

MJ is everywhere! She’s on John Scalzi’s blog, talking about The Big Idea. My favorite part:

This is not the Manhattan of Gossip Girl. Suite Scarlett isn’t about buying things or vying for position. I wanted to write about the New York I understood — the one where you make things, and the creative underclasses and the rich mingle, sometimes uneasily, sometimes very fruitfully. Scarlett soon learns the skill of making things up — solutions that have little to do with money, and everything to do with creativity and embracing the implausible and slightly insane. I think this is an especially important principle to introduce to today’s teens, some of whom may be laboring under the misapprehension that things in life are supposed to work in a certain way, that a series of standardized tests will lead to a life of perfect order — a life in which mistakes and risks are things to be feared and avoided.

Also, she’s in Michigan! Or will be, tomorrow. With John and Hank Green. If you live in the Grand Rapids area, feel free to go see her in public, and poke at her (the use of sticks as poking devices is neither implied nor condoned).

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2 Responses to “It’s like she’s just had a book published, or something”

  1. Jean Oram Says:

    Finally! If I was still a high school librarian, I would have just ordered at least two of her books just to balance off the other teen books that grossly misrepresent what being a teenager is really like/about. Gossip Girls, while being OUTRAGEOUSLY popular and getting girls to read, read, read while still in high school, it is vastly unrealistic–at least for the likes of us country bumpkin girls. (Dear lord, please don't let them think that this is really what life is really like in New York…) I am glad to see someone taking on the idea that life is fluid and that sometimes there are blockages you must seep around in order to keep flowing.

  2. Julia Says:

    Oh… I wish Grand Rapids was just a little closer! If I fold the map just right, she'll only be half a centimeter away! (contorts tongue while manipulating map)