Swamplandia! is a book by Karen Russell in which young adult types deal with alligators, ghosts, and other horrible, beautiful (sometimes dead) things. You can read my review at Strange Horizons. You can also read about Ms. Russell's appreciation for Kanye West (Is Kanye sitting around wringing his hands, wondering if he's just written a clunker of a metaphor? No, Kanye responds to his critics with a gleeful "Na-uh, you can't tell me nothing!"), among other things, at Esquire. Or listen to her talk about fantasticalness at NPR.
Also, a Seoul friend has a short story up in text and audio form at Giganosaurus and PodCastle, respectively. It's called "After October" and concerns Russians and zombies.
Also, also, there's this from the Physicians Committee for Responspible Medicine, on the good (it's nice to see a plate of fruit and vegetables) and the bad (it might be nice if the government supported the growing of fruit and vegetables):
Also, also, also, this is a trailer I stumbled across on Jesmyn Ward's blog--she being a future writer-in-residence at the Ole Miss M.F.A. program what where I matriculated once upon a time.
This trailer contains three of my favorite things: French, animation, and magic.
Happy les lapins, readers.