George Lucas has been doing the publicity circuit for his new movie Red Tails. One of the crazier revelations is that a movie-maker with his track record was forced to finance the whole thing himself when “studios balked at the marketability of a film with all black leads.” Given the hype of the film, it seems a good time to direct interested readers to the book Freedom Flyers: The Tuskegee Airmen of World War II by friend of the blog Todd Moye. Todd also appears in the George Lucas documentary Double Victory, and his book also appears on top Air Force General’s annual reading list.
The Art of Fielding gets The Guardian’s Digested Read treatment. Spoilers, ahoy!
Apple’s big announcement? An app that some have called “Garage Band for books” that allows anyone to create a multi-media e-book. The app is geared towards writers of textbooks. “Apple has unveiled a glimpse of the classroom of the future, launching a new version of its iBooks software that will allow publishers to create interactive textbooks for iPad-owning students.” Interesting.
If the internet is to be believed, we didn’t lose our British accents, the British lost their American accents.
More news from Arizona: ”Lupita Garcia, an opponent of the MAS program who oversees the district’s ethnic studies programs. She unabashedly told the students that racism has nothing to do with color and that Mexico is where Mexican studies is taught, not America!… When students asked why European studies has not been banned, nor any other area studies discipline, the administrators had no response. ”
Hey, how did that internet blackout thing staged earlier this week to protest SOPA/PIPA turn out? The numbers are in.