If you want to know what the lonely kids are doing in any given year, watch the local news and listen to how anchors contextualize youth crime: The mother said that after hearing about the two 12-year-old Wisconsin girls allegedly stabbing their friend to please Slender Man, she thinks her daughter was under the same influence.
"We found things that she had written and she made reference to Slender Man. She also made references to killing," the mother said. "She even created a world for Slender Man in the game mine craft."
This alleged daughter-mother knife attack is the second act of violence to be linked to Slender [...]
Governor Cuomo's teen fun task force, which was created with a $147,000 grant from the NYC Department of Health to the State Liquor authority, has completed its first mission: The team visited 74 stores (not bars) across the five boroughs, 32 of which sold alcohol to underage decoys.
BAD WORK, bodega adults: In total, the undercover minors were able to purchase alcohol at 32 of premises visited, including one out of 15 stores in the Bronx, 15 out of 16 stores in Brooklyn, 5 out of 21 stores Manhattan, 8 out of 16 stores in Queens, and 3 out of 6 stores on Staten Island. During the investigation, [...]
"So if teens think as well as adults do and recognize risk just as well, why do they take more chances? Here, as elsewhere, the problem lies less in what teens lack compared with adults than in what they have more of. Teens take more risks not because they don't understand the dangers but because they weigh risk versus reward differently: In situations where risk can get them something they want, they value the reward more heavily than adults do." —This is a good read on how the teen brain works. God, you couldn't pay me enough to be that age again. [Via]
I don't even like fiction but even I would buy a book by Loretta Lopez, one of the 18-year-old winners of this year's Scholastic Writing Award. She was on that NPR show The Takeaway (blech) this morning and she is awesome. If you hate listening to the radio, you can read her here.
Dear Answer Lady,
I am a totally unfamous novelist in my late twenties. I sometimes get email from readers but it's rare enough enough that I am usually taken by surprise when it happens. My "fan mail" is flattering but also sometimes unnerving and/or a pain in the ass. Sometimes the emails take the form of traditional "I really liked your book!" but other times they are totally random and weird. One time someone asked what kind of underwear I wear, and could I please send a used pair. Other times I get emails from teenagers.