Archive for July, 2005
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
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
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
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 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 […]
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Reading Between the Lines of Used Book Sales - New York Times
Used book sales don’t hurt new book sales on Amazon.
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 […]
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 […]
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?