May 02, 2008

On Hanging Up Your Hotpants

Like so many of us, Spice Girl Geri Halliwell has "hung up her hotpants" in order to write children's books:

With storylines including the feisty heroine seeing off playground bullies and foiling art thieves, each instalment of the book will end with a newsletter in which Ugenia sums up what she has learnt from her experience, concluding with shrewd and concise moral aphorims such as "face your fear".

Snoop Dogg, too.

Concise moral aphorisms have always rubbed me the wrong way, particularly if they are supposed to be "shrewd," but who am I to judge others in re: the proper manner of hotpants hanging. Hang them up however you like, is my general feeling about them.

These links are via Leila at Bookshelves of Doom, who also links to this interesting boingboing thread about people who are embarrassed to be seen in the YA section of the bookstore. This is sparked by the fact that Cory Doctorow recently hung up his hotpants to write a YA book called Little Brother. "A lot of the coolest stuff in the universe is happening in the kids' section of your bookstore," says Cory which is basically my position as well. I don't quite understand the embarrassment, but I know it is a real phenomenon, as much of my mail begins with a disclaimer along those lines. Weird.

Posted by Dr. Frank at May 2, 2008 07:43 PM | TrackBack

Excellent blogging, despite the allusion of hotpants hanging in your closet.

Children have the best of everything- books, films, TV shows, clothes, toys. I make a point of regressing regularly.

Posted by: Leah at May 4, 2008 11:44 AM
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