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Terry Pratchett vs. JK Rawling

Sunday July 31st 2005, 1:00 pm

Bookish quotes this article from the [London] Times, which I can’t seem to read because they want me to pay for it. So I’ll just copy Bookish’s quote, this is Terry Pratchett on a recent article in the Times about JK Rowling:

Why is it felt that the continued elevation of J […]





Emerging Writers Network: E-Panel: Literary Journal Editors VII

Friday July 29th 2005, 3:12 pm

Emerging Writers Network: E-Panel: Literary Journal Editors VII
With editors from McSweeney’s, Failbetter, Drunken Boat, Black Clock, Conjunctions, Fence, The MacGuffin and Brevity.
Via Mr. Tingle

Subjects: lit mags, fiction





Telegraph | Arts | Slush pile superstars

Friday July 29th 2005, 3:08 pm

Telegraph | Arts | Slush pile superstars
I think reading all this stuff about it being impossible to get published/easier than ever to get published is making my head hurt.
Maybe I should just be writing.

Subjects: publishing, fiction





Philadelphia Inquirer | 07/28/2005 | With Helprin, there’s always a backstory

Friday July 29th 2005, 3:40 am

Philadelphia Inquirer | 07/28/2005 | With Helprin, there’s always a backstory
Mark Helprin talks about book criticism politics at the New York Times Book Review.

That recollection in turn triggers a disturbing anecdote about Kakutani’s predecessor, Anatole Broyard, who had effusively endorsed Helprin’s breakout collection, Ellis Island and Other Stories in 1981.
After the review was published, Broyard […]





The Book Babes: The Writer’s Lottery

Friday July 29th 2005, 12:20 am

The Book Babes: The Writer’s Lottery part 2

There are always success stories in publishing—but then again, someone eventually wins the lottery jackpot, too. What bugs most wannabe writers is the arbitrary nature of it all. Why does one writer succeed and the other languish in obscurity? What nags at novelists is that they suspect that […]





Private Sex Cult E-mails in Your Inbox Every Day!!

Thursday July 28th 2005, 4:32 pm

Private Sex Cult E-mails in Your Inbox Every Day!!
E-pistolary novels?

Subjects: publishing





Reading Between the Lines of Used Book Sales - New York Times

Thursday July 28th 2005, 4:29 pm

Reading Between the Lines of Used Book Sales - New York Times
Used book sales don’t hurt new book sales on Amazon.

Subjects: publishing





Seven deadly sins, three myths

Wednesday July 27th 2005, 12:10 pm

Meanwhile, the Seven Deadly Sins of Book Reviewing:

(3) THE PHILIP-ROTH-IS-NATHAN-ZUCKERMAN FUNDAMENTAL ERROR. One of my pet peeves is a review that insists on confusing the protagonist with the author. S.L. Wisenberg uses as an example of a Texas Observer review of her novel The Sweetheart Is In. “The reviewer keeps saying that the main character […]





Newsweek’s book numbers

Wednesday July 27th 2005, 11:59 am

Tingle Alley points out an article in Newsweek that says

Could it be? Americans are spending less time at the movies because they’re too busy — reading. In May (as “Kingdom of Heaven” bombed), sales of adult hardcovers jumped 29.6 percent, adult paperbacks 18.4 percent and children’s hardcovers 21.2 percent over the […]





My little bit of Blog meme

Tuesday July 26th 2005, 4:53 pm

Outings R U.S.? | MetaFilter
Did the Bush administration make a blunder that resulted in the London bombings, by outing an undercover Al Qaeda mole?

Subjects: politics





 
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