This 5-year-old’s teacher sent home a list of this week’s sight words for him to practice with his parents. I think it’s safe to say, it’s time for this little genius to move on to the next reading level…
Even geniuses start their best works with occasionally lame prose, so almost every great book, movie, or television series you’ve ever enjoyed actually began as embarrassing brainstorms. Thank goodness for rewriting and editors.
But why shouldn’t these first drafts come to light?
Writer and comedian Paul Laudiero was in his last semester at George Mason University, just trying to stay awake through his “British and Irish 18th Century Drama” class, when he got an idea. That afternoon, he wrote his first post for his new site called Sh*t Rough Drafts, imagining what the first version of our most iconic pieces of literature and cinema were like.
A year and a half later, the success of Laudiero’s site led to a book full of his hilarious imagined rough drafts of movies, TV shows, books, and more called Sh*t Rough Drafts: Pop Culture’s Favorite Books, Movies, and TV Shows as They Might Have Been.
(Some NSFW language)
Spider-Man, directed by Sam Raimi
Casino Royale, directed by Martin Campbell
Thousands of us are or have been aspiring novelists. And for most of us, it never went beyond that. Because, as exciting as being a writer seems like it would be…it turns out you actually have to write.
Except he didn’t really write anything.
The book is comprised entirely of numerous Tweets that use his titular phrase — Working on my novel.
It is at once hilarious and depressing as we both feel bad for these unlikely authors while at the same time totally seeing ourselves in them…
None of these books need help from the marketing department. They’re all classics and most of them have stood the test of time, still selling decades and centuries beyond their release date. But that’s not to say they couldn’t have done better. Maybe all they needed was a clearer title…
The Fault in Our Stars
In the late 60′s, John Brooks compiled 12 stories he wrote for The New Yorker into a book titled Business Adventures. In the articles, he turned his attention toward Wall Street but with the eye of a novelist.
In this clip, Bill Gates, Warren Buffet, and more talk about the book and why they love it…
The folks at this bookstore were a bit sly as they set up the display for the latest in The Dresden Files…
Young Henry Aurault doesn’t recommend 50 Shades of Grey for kids, but he admits the Boy Scouts may be able to learn a thing or two from the salacious book…
Philani is a homeless man in his mid-twenties in Johannesburg, South Africa. Many people in his situation simply stand at corners begging. And that can sometimes meet basic needs…but it certainly doesn’t set a person apart or motivate people walking or driving by to donate.
But Philani does it differently. Every day he takes his ever-changing library to a different corner and sets up a sort of impromptu literary discussion group and bookshop.
For anyone interested, he will review his books…which he has read all of…and then you can buy one from him. In this way, he raises money for himself and his homeless friends as well as spreading happiness. He says…
Reading is not harmful. There’s no such thing as harmful knowledge. This thing is only going to make you a better person.
And if he has a kids book you’re interested in, it’s free, so that you can give it to a child. Because…
They can still take this reading thing and turn it into their habit, their life-long habit.
What if a couple of 1950′s children went to the art museum with mom and the story was told in a book for emerging readers, so they could learn a bit about art as they practice their reading and learn new vocab?
That sort of book could definitely exist. It probably already does somewhere.
But what if the museum mom and kids went to featured modern art and the particular exhibit was a nihilistic look at god, death, and the meaning of nothingness?
Here are some sample pages…
Yesterday was a big day for LeVar Burton, as you know by now. He launched his campaign to bring back “Reading Rainbow,” and 12 hours later reached the $1,000,000 goal he set.
Here he is responding to all his supporters after watching the numbers on his Kickstarter page add up past that million-dollar mark…
Yesterday, LeVar Burton and Reading Rainbow launched a kickstarter to fund a new version of the show, updated for today’s children — free and online.
If you visited the fundraising page yesterday, you could watch the number of backers and the total donations climbing in real time…and they were climbing fast.