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Philip Nel
Attended Vanderbilt University
Lives in Manhattan, Kansas, U.S.A.
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Unexpected discoveries: a new picture book from poet JonArno Lawson & artist Sydney Smith.
This picture book is a wordless poem, written by a poet yet rendered by an artist. If that description sounds like one of the philosophical questions posed by JonArno Lawson's poems (“can you remember / how you thought / before you / learned to talk?”), it should. Lawson conceived the book, ...
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Farewell, old friend.
George Nicholson died yesterday. He was 77 years old. He was a legend in children's publishing. George was in the children's literature business for over 50 years. In the 1960s, he introduced paperbacks to the children's book industry. That's something we take for granted now, but we owe it to ...
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"For Proust, it was the taste of madeleines and tea.  For me, it was the smell of crayons."
We tend to imagine the self as an unbroken whole, but it might better be described as plural, a series of selves that, though temporally contiguous (and often overlapping) are not always the “same” self. That's one of the conclusions suggested by Robert Krulwich in “Who Am I?,” a Radiolab ...
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Benjamin Chaud, Virginia Lee Burton, Oliver Jeffers, Maurice Sendak, Kadir Nelson, Laurie Keller, Dan Santat, Mike Curato, Mark Newgarden, Megan Montague Cash, and more! The latest installment in "Emily's Library" — my ongoing efforts to create the "ideal" library for my niece, and (I hope) helping you select books for the young people in your lives (or, of course, for yourself)!
In this installment of my Emily's Library series, I notice there are more contemporary books than usual. I didn't plan it that way — there are certainly more classics I'd like her to have! But, as noted in earlier posts, my goal is to give my three-year-old niece a personal library of really ...
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On Mike Brown, Eric Garner, structural racism... and the need for justice. Now.
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Why do successes sometimes feel like failures?
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Another in my occasional series, featuring the wisdom of Geo. Herriman, Laurie Anderson, Bruce Cockburn, Don DeLillo, and more.
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The Kansas legislature is proposing legislation that prohibits university employees from “using such employee’s official title when authoring or contributing to a newspaper opinion column.” Here’s a question for the Kansas legislature: What makes you think those of us employed by Kansas universities would want to be identified as such? Given the state’s hostility towards freedom of inquiry and towards education at all levels, what advantage would a university employee gain in publicizing his or her academic affiliation?
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I suspect it also may be related to Governor Cutback's lies about his budget, and decision to pay for his tax giveaways to wealthy donors via cutting the education budget and raiding the state pension fund.  People Who Know Things might be critical of such a move.  Or, of course, it may be unrelated to that specifically, and simply a manifestation of the legislature's disdain for education and all the risks/benefits that an educated citizenry might bring.
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On the lingering effects of racist children's culture.
The second in my “Archive of Childhood” series. Trigger warning: images of a racist doll appear below. I've included it because this post is about racism, and I didn't feel I could talk about the racism without displaying the doll in question.
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“Le p'tit renne au nez rouge” — Jacques Larue's translation of Johnny Marks' “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” — reveals the real reason Rudolph's nose was so red. Contrary to the 1964 Rankin-Bass TV special, its glow was not caused by an incandescent bulb. The last four lines (above) tell us: ...
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For those heading to MLA in January, here are the Children's Literature & Comics/Graphic Novels panels.
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Artist credit: This is +Eric Reynolds portrait of me! Thanks, Eric!
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English Professor
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Manhattan, Kansas, U.S.A.
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I write books about children's books & comics.
Introduction
Professor of English. Books include:
  • Crockett Johnson's Barnaby Volume Two: 1944-1945, co-edited with Eric Reynolds (Fantagraphics Books, 2014)
  • Crockett Johnson's Barnaby Volume One: 1942-1943, co-edited with Eric Reynolds (Fantagraphics Books, 2013)
  • Crockett Johnson and Ruth Krauss: How an Unlikely Couple Found Love, Dodged the FBI, and Transformed Children's Literature (UP Mississippi, 2012)
  • Keywords for Children's Literature, co-edited with Lissa Paul (NYU Press, 2011)
  • Tales for Little Rebels: A Collection of Radical Children's Literature, co-edited with Julia Mickenberg (NYU Press, 2008)
  • The Annotated Cat: Under the Hats of Seuss and His Cats (Random House, 2007)
  • Dr. Seuss: American Icon (Continuum, 2004)
  • The Avant-Garde and American Postmodernity: Small Incisive Shocks (UP Mississippi, 2002)
  • J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter Novels: A Reader's Guide (Continuum, 2001)
Forthcoming:
  • Crockett Johnson's Barnaby, Volumes 3-5, co-edited with Eric Reynolds (Fantagraphics, 2015-2017)
Education
  • Vanderbilt University
    English, 1992 - 1997
  • University Of Rochester
    English and Pyschology, 1988 - 1992
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