February 15th, 2008

i love books HP

How do writers pronouce their names? (via Neil Gaiman)

Neil Gaiman linked this collection of recordings in which writers explain how to pronounce their names, and it is totally fun! Aside from the pronunciations, the authors usually say something about where their names came from, which is neat. Apart from my usual enjoyment in listening to Anything Neil Gaiman Ever Says, Ever, I also particularly loved hearing the name explanation of Robert Quackenbush (hee!). I'll definitely have to listen to more of these later!

(That reminds me, also, of a favorite moment from one of Jonathan Ross's interviews with Dylan Moran, where Ross says, essentially, "Now Dylan, I said your name rather quickly, there, and it came out 'Moraan,' but I've also heard it pronounced 'Morin.' Which is it?" And Dylan replies, "Well it's pronounced Fitzsimons, actually."


In other cool things, 96 printmakers make art prints for each element of the Periodic Table.

And, via particle_person,
Striking Stories from Striking Writers.