The weekly web ramble (5/18)

Links from the web jungle


– The Summer 2012 Kids’ Indie Next List top 10

Neil Gaiman‘s commencement address at the University of Arts in Philadelphia:

Aaron Sorkin‘s commencement speech at Syracuse University:


Orson Scott Card on The Avengers and being on the set of the Ender’s Game (the movie)

– Maggie Stiefvater on how she balances being a writer and a Mom

Kristin Cashore on giving birth to Bitterblue

J. Michael Straczynski takes a look at the history of the same-sex marriage debate


– Check out Penguin Teen’s summer 2012 sampler, which includes excerpts from Gilt by Katherine Longshore, Keep Holding On by Susane Colasanti, Cold Fury by T.M. Goeglin, Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore, and Amelia Anne Is Dead and Gone by Kat Rosenfield

– Read an excerpt from Fevre Dream by George R. R. Martin

– Check out the first chapter of Shadows Cast by Stars by Catherine Knutsson