The reading list at Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District in Texas:
Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
Timeline by Michael Crichton
Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt
The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
Emma by Jane Austen
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
The Nanny Diaries by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus
The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith
Daughter of Fortune by Isabel Allende
UPDATE ON CLAUDIA AND HER FIRING FROM THE JANICE DICKINSON MODELING AGENCY
So much for Janice Dickinson's love and support for transsexuals. As we saw on the season finale of The Janice Dickinson Modeling Agency, transsexual model Claudia Charriez was one of several models fired because they weren't making any money for the agency. 'It was so hard for me to let Claudia go' but this is a business, and, unfortunately, there's no place for her here,' Dickinson opined.
When I joined my local rugby team, I was made to do terrible, awful things. Even now, all these years later, I feel distressed and choked up recounting what happened. I had to stand on a chair as a full pint of beer was shoved in my groin, soaking it. I then had to drink a yard of ale (three pints in a yard-long horn-shaped glass) with a bucket in front of me. Later, several of us had to run around the rugby pitch stark naked. In January.
In Boy Meets Boy and The Realm of Possibility, author David Levithan has portrayed the queer teen experience in the new century. His latest, Wide Awake, sees the election of a gay, Jewish president through the eyes of a 16-year-old gay, Jewish boy. We caught up with the writer (who's single!) at home in New York City. Here are outtakes from the interview that is in the September issue of Out.
How did you find yourself writing books aimed at young adults?
Johnny Knoxville has taken the theory that scars are sexy to a disturbing extreme.
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