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Michael Jackson (1958-2009)

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Geez, first it was Farrah, now reports have confirmed that Michael Jackson passed away today at 50. I guess in the back of my mind I always thought he was one of those celebrities who wouldn’t make it to old age, but it’s still a shock.

Although his last few years were full of controversy, he was an amazingly gifted entertainer and musician. I can still remember going to his Hawai’i concert and standing up on the chair with my best friend Jean(we had seats waaaay in the back) doing the entire zombie dance sequence as he sang “Thriller”. Here is aYouTube clip I found from the concert:

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Say Wha?

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Via one of my favorite literary blogs, Bookslut, is a link to this article about a Hampstead, N.H. library adding graphic novels to their adult section:

Typically, graphic novels are marketed at people who have trouble reading. “For struggling readers, who don’t understand foreshadowing and literary concepts and the logical flow of a narrative, seeing words and pictures can help,” he said.

Are you kidding me?  Yeah, that’s why I read Persepolis, because I need the pretty pictures to help me understand foreshadowing and narrative.