I read an article in Wednesday’s New York Times that catalogued one of the newest teenÂ crazes–momentary choking for pleasure. Now, I’ve never done this, but apparently it is pleasurable to deprive your brain of oxygen for a few seconds (oh, say, 30) and then feel all the blood rushing back into your head. This is not a sexual game–that is, it’s not necessarily accompanied by sex or masturbation–butÂ the knowledge of this practice isÂ evidently widespread among teenagers and middle-grade-age kids. A number of teen deaths listed as suicide in recent years are now being revisisted as possible victims of the choking game gone awry. Read More
Last summer when I was in South Africa, I picked up a random bookÂ called Julie and Julia: 365 Days, 524 recipies, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen by Julie Powell. Good book, by the way. Not surprised she got a book project out of her blog. Anyway, Julie Powell did a crazy thing one year. Saddened by the problems she might face in conceiving children, and weighed down with concerns that she was a boring person because she had been married to the same man for ten years which in New York you just don’t do when you’re only 30 or so odd years, she decided to take on Julia Child. In one year, she vowed, she would work through and literally cook all the recipies in Julia Child’s classic cookbook, Mastering the Art of French Cooking. Along the way, Julie Powell lost herself, found herself, and realized how deeply in love she was with her husband no matter how boring she was. (She’s not boring, by the way. It’s a book full of ribald and slap-happy humor.)Â
Okay, so, I’m not sure whether this was meant to be ahemÂ flattering or not–I can’t tell if theÂ blogger is being sarcastic or not–but here’s my first mention in a blog by a children’s librarian. The blog isÂ called A Fuse #8 Production. You can follow this link toÂ the description of my bookÂ , which occursÂ towards the bottom of the page, though you can do a search for J.L. Powers to locate it quickly.
worst job in high schoolÂ Â Â Sonic Drive-In. Fast food jobs suck it.
when I was a kid, I wanted to beÂ a veterinarian or a nurse or maybe a roller derby queen
favorite musicÂ Â sparta,Â the mars volta, bob marley, modest mouse….and okay, michaelÂ jackson still rocksÂ Read More