Tuesday, October 30, 2007

To Do List

One of our favorite projects to emerge in recent years is Sasha Cagen's To Do List project.

It is now a book. And we suggest you check it out.

In keeping with Mortified, Found, PostSecert, Passive Aggressive Notes, Overheard, This American Life, etc... Cagen's book celebrates the world of the overlooked and seemingly mundane, letting them serve as unique and captivating windows into who we are.

We think you will like it.

Monday, October 1, 2007

Are You There God? It's Me, Mortified.

Big thanks to the one and only Judy Blume for making a Mortified milestone.

As many of you know, we've long listed Ms. Blume as the "official patron saint of Mortified". In part, this is because of the influential and progressive work she's done in the world of young adult lit. But it is also because her presence (references to her name or work) looms over many of the old journals, notebooks, and letters submitted by Mortified's contributors raised in the 70s, 80s and even 90s.

So naturally, it was huge thrill to discover the reverse-- that Judy Blume actually wrote about us in her journal. We can think of no more fitting or surreal honor. What began as a simple bit of fanmail many years ago... has grown into a pretty damn unique and surprising friendship. So reading her entry meant a lot.

And yes, we've been pretty much spazzing out like preteen girls in a Judy Blume novel ever since.

By the way, she has a new children's book out, and we highly suggest buying it for someone much shorter than you.