Fuse #8

Saturday, November 04, 2006

Phew!

Okay. The official removal of all potential Newbery Awards is over and done with. If you still can see something that you think is a contender, let me know and I'll yank it right-quick.

Sorry about being in the Newbery closet for so long too. I was going to make this big I-can't-post-while-I'm-at-ALA-cause-I'M-ON-THE-NEWBERY posting and it was gonna be totally awesome come January. As it stands, I'm happy y'all know now. Off to read more books go I...

11 Comments:

At 1:11 PM , Blogger Mary Lee said...

Congrats, but wahhh! I didn't get to read your review of A TRUE AND FAITHFUL NARRATIVE in close detail (nor link to it) before I wrote my thoughts...but I guess since it's my current pick for the Newbery and it has disappeared from your site, that might be good news in disguise...

 
At 3:42 PM , Blogger Alkelda the Gleeful said...

In your profile, you wrote, By the way, my opinions are entirely my own and don't represent NYPL's (or, for that matter, the Newbery committee's) in the least. As far as I'm concerned, you were never in the Newbery closet!

 
At 4:35 PM , Anonymous elizabeth fama said...

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At 4:35 PM , Blogger fusenumber8 said...

True. But some people might have thought I was just be facetious. I do that, y'know.

 
At 4:38 PM , Blogger fusenumber8 said...

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At 8:39 PM , Blogger What Maternal Instinct? said...

Count me among those who think this whole flapdoodle will backfire. Your reviews are still floating in the Google ether. Whoever forced you to do this knows diddly about how the Internet works, and less about your devoted legions.

It all smacks of stodginess, or maybe professional jealousy, or just smack-in-the-head stupidity.

But just think. In a few years, the Cybils will be so freaking prestigious, you can tell the Newbery's you have other plans this time of year, thank-you-very-much.

 
At 11:52 AM , Blogger Monica Edinger said...

I don't get it. Every single one of your reviews both here and amazon will continue to be easily accessible through google's (and presumably other search engines too) cache.

Just try googling "fusenumber8 and whateverbookreviewtitleyoulike" and once it comes up click the "cached" link at the bottom lower left and you'll see.

We are teaching our students this very lesson --- that whatever they put on facebook or myspace is there forever and ever even if they think they've deleted it.

 
At 12:17 PM , Blogger What Maternal Instinct? said...

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At 12:18 PM , Blogger What Maternal Instinct? said...

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At 12:33 PM , Anonymous elizabeth fama said...

I'm trying to think of the ALA's reasoning.
1) Are they worried that the reviews will influence other members of the committee? Can't be, because Fuse herself will be there in person making her arguments.
2)Is it simply that they want the opinions of each committee member to be shrouded, so that the final decision is formally unanimous? Can't be, because if Fuse re-posts her reviews after the announcement of the winners, her opinion will be available forever after.
3) Are they worried the public will assume if a given book did (or did not win) -- and the Fuse review was positive (or negative) -- that Fuse held too much sway in their deliberations? But then the argument in (2) still holds.

 
At 3:36 PM , Blogger Liz B said...

Am I correct in assuming that had your reviews been on something other than a blog -- say, in print like at School Library Journal or an a electronic journal/paper like Slate or Bookslut, the reviews would be OK?

But here it's not?

Because that just stinks. But it's something that we librarian bloggers need to know if we want to serve on committees.

 

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