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December 2007 - Posts

  • Happy Year of A New President!

    Happy New Year, everyone! And I don't know about you, but I'm getting very tired, defensive, pissed off at how freely people--older, ignorant people--throw around the charge that American teenagers don't read, don't care about anything of larger political consequence in the world than what's on your iPods.

    Help me show them how wrong they are? (Though you can also feel free to share what's on your iPods; fun and Real Issues are not mutually exclusive.)

    Introducing....RED, write, and blog for election year 08! For the month of January (we'll see how it goes from there), I'm looking for your political posts, primarily what you think about anything presidential-campaign related. Which candidates do you like or can't stand and why? Which issues are the dealbreakers? Are you voting for the first time? Are or would you be voting along your parents' party lines, or otherwise? What's the word on oh, Oprah+Obama, in your home and your dorm room? Rudy, Romney, how much religion should or shouldn't come into play? Bill Clinton as First Man? Immigration? Abortion? Iraq? 

    Tell me, tell the world what you think. You know how strongly I believe you're the next generation of great American voices, and that's why you're in this book. You speak the truth, passionately, beauitfully, in red-not-pink primary colors. The country we live in is obviously no small part of that--and ripe, too ripe, for material. 

    Kicking off the RED, WRITE, AND BLOG CAMPAIGN 08!

    Cast your vote! Write it in! Write it on!





  • I am holding Spring Awakening responsible

    Somehow...for the long dream I had after seeing it--that Peter and I were harboring Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, from what they told us were paparazzi but turned out to be the law.  


  • If you're looking for something to read--or write--over the break?

    Happy holidays, everyone! And this is coming from someone who knows it's never really that simple. Just ask if you want to hear my tragic, holiday-defining story--makes this time of year really tough. I'll keep it optional, rather than imposing it on all of you. Also can't get into that now, because Peter and I are off soon to see Spring Awakening! FINALLY! And kills me, thinking of you who'd were stopped by the strike from seeing it while you were here. Come back!

    Anyway, wanted to alert you to a couple of special recommendations, in case you're home, bored (seems to be a theme on the site these weeks) and looking for a beautiful book to read or a constructive writing assignment?  

    READ: Before I Die, by Jenny Downham. I started it late Christmas night and really could not put it down, read till I finished yesterday midday. Now I can't stop thinking about it, and I'm someone who doesn't read anything market YA, at least not till one of you recommends it. It's a life-changingly beautiful novel, about a 16-year-old girl in London who's dying of leukemia, and the list of things she decides she has to do before she dies. And she does die. No Hollywood last-minute miracle cures. But that's it's beauty--like she's accepted her own death, it's the people around her (most realistic parents, brother, best friend, boyfriend and boy she has sex with, btw) who can't. Be prepared to weep, it really snuck up on me. But this book's really about living.

    WRITE: Our friends at the Lower Eastside Girls Club sent us notice of this very cool essay contest (with $1,000 prize!) that I think any one of you--the best writers, readers, thinkers, and humanitarians I know--could blow them away with. And feel free to send my way if you'd like an editor first...

    Info below, DEADLINE FEB 1, 2008. (Please note you have to be in high school still.) Do it! 

    Details at
    The United States Institute of Peace ( ) established the National Peace Essay Contest to expand edu-
    cational opportunities for America's youth.

    The topic for the 2007-08 competition is "Natural Resources and Conflict." Participants are asked to write a 1,500-word essay
    stating what they believe are the necessary elements for the development of fair, peaceful, or effective use of natural resources after a conflict.

    Students are eligible to participate if they are in grades nine through twelve in any of the fifty states, the District of Columbia, or a U.S. territory, or if they are U.S. citizens attend-
    ing high school overseas. Students may be attending a public, private, or parochial school, or participating in a high school correspondence program. Entries from home-schooled students are
    also accepted.

    First-place state-level winners are awarded $1,000 each and compete for national awards. National awards include one first-place award of $10,000; one second-place award of $5,000; and one third-place award of $2,500. First-place state winners are also invited to Washington, D.C., for the awards program. The institute pays for expenses related to the program, including travel, lodging, meals, and entertainment.

    Visit the USIP Web site for complete program information and entry procedures.

  • Superbad and Sam got me thinking -- boys?

    Sam and our Superbad discussion (not her consideration of different terms for oral sex...) got me thinking. I turn the big question over to you -- and your male friends and brothers and teachers and all that. 

    Is a boy-written version of RED possible? Will the guys you know, and not just the artsy kind, who consider themselves writers, be into this? Share their inner lives? Would be fascinating to get in there, no? 

    Let me know. Seriously. 

    Posted Dec 16 2007, 11:52 AM by AmyG with 9 comment(s)
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  • All anyone needs to know about RED?

    You know, I have to tell people what this book is from square one so many times a day that this below, product description from a bookseller's site, made me smile (though not nearly as much as Jordyn's grandma texting her, yes texting!, about RED and how she can't pry it out of "g'pa's" hands).

    I'm determined to fatten it up to a pound for the holidays...  

    Dimensions: 8.38x5.88x1.07 in. .98 lbs.


  • Back from LA (a flip-flop free zone, as it turned out)

    Hi all! The book's West Coast debut was a huge hit--though packing flip flops was wishful thinking. They tell me the day of our reading was a particularly cold one, and after we were up there for hours, a family friend who's a doctor in the house came up to me, all concerned and holding a puffy vest that I had to put on over my dress, "Your lips are all BLUE!" Blue, red, whatever. RED was a hit, and the TV, film, and theater(!) people were duly impressed.

    I'm playing catch up now, but my plan is to spend the holidays putting photos up--even video on this one, thanks to team Dani Cox. Her actor friend Aidan (Eddie Izzard's son on the Riches) was our videographer for the day.

    Now to get my NY act back in order: Readings this Thurs and next Tues here. 

    And hey, RED's in Newsweek this week! Just saw it. 


    Posted Dec 11 2007, 03:25 PM by AmyG with 3 comment(s)
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