Hi! My name is Amy. I started this site on February 12, 2011, in response to some controversy in the young adult lit community, when Bitch Magazine posted a list of their 100 Must-Read Feminist YA titles. If you’re interested in more details about this blog, its origins, and its purpose, you might be interested in this post.
If you want to know about me, here are 12 facts of varying importance, in no particular order:
- I graduated from Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania in 2006, with a degree in English and creative writing. Then I went to Simmons College in Boston, where I got masters’ degrees in children’s literature and in library science. Now I live in New York City, where the book publishing industry lives and I’m lucky enough to participate.
- My relaxation reading essentially breaks down into two categories: children’s and YA lit, and nonfiction, with the former probably outnumbering the latter 2:1. I’m a big fan of literary criticism, especially as it pertains to YA. (I lean toward feminist, queer theory, and post-colonial. I think deconstruction is basically the coolest school of thought, but it never seems particularly practical. And yes, I am a giant nerd.) I love reading reality TV theory, and you will probably learn a lot about my strong feelings on the subject when I write up THE HUNGER GAMES. I also enjoy nonfiction and memoirs about summer camp, despite loathing day camp when I was the appropriate age for it.
- I have a list of papers I want to write. The list keeps getting longer. I didn’t realize that not being in graduate school anymore would mean that no one would want to sit and listen to me ramble for pages about the role of summer camps in children’s fiction as a particular type of liminal space. I anticipate a lot of notes in posts here along the lines of “This would be a fantastic paper!” despite the fact that I don’t think I’ve finished a single one since graduating a year and a half ago.
- I own all but 30 Baby-Sitters Club books (including the ancillary series, like the mysteries and portrait books and the whole Little Sister series), and I’ve seen almost every episode of both SURVIVOR and BIG BROTHER. Sometimes I sound pretentious, and sometimes… there’s that.
- My favorite book is Melina Marchetta’s ON THE JELLICOE ROAD. If you talk to me for more than a few hours I will probably attempt to force it on you. That’s only because it’s the best book in the world.
- I make collage and cut-paper art when I have free time. I do not, frequently, have free time, but I have boxes of old magazines (sorted into labeled folders), and the apartment is littered with scraps of cardstock. I frequently have glue in my hair.
- I read on the subway every day to and from work- physical books, not electronic. No one has ever struck up a conversation with me about the book I’m reading, which I find kind of depressing, even though strangers talking to you out of nowhere tends to be off-putting.
- I used to have all of my books listed in a database. Then my computer crashed and I lost all of it. I haven’t re-started the databasing project, but I had well over 1000 then and I’ve gotten more in the interim.
- I have a wide array of ridiculously tacky socks. I’m very proud of this collection of footware, despite the fact that I almost always wear boots so no one ever sees them.
- I adore crappy teen dramas from the WB in the late 90s. I’m still sad that most of them aren’t on, and grateful shows like VAMPIRE DIARIES exist to fill the void. The rest of my regular TV viewing: COMMUNITY, FRINGE, the aforementioned SURVIVOR and BIG BROTHER, and a collection of video tapes from when I was in high school. (Yes, I still have a VCR. Shut up.)
- I find Easter M&Ms- and, in fact, any colorful candy in pastel colors- creepy. They look like normal M&Ms that got sick. It’s unsettling.
- If you don’t appreciate the Muppets, I think less of you as a person.