Archive for April, 2006

Consider the Lobster

Thursday April 20th 2006, 4:07 am

Just finished reading the lead essay of David Foster Wallace’s Consider the Lobster as originally published in Gourmet Magazine.
Damn, can that guy nail an issue.
Subjects: food


Thursday April 20th 2006, 3:03 am

I have seen the face of evil and it is these guys.

Bloggers = book deals part deux

Tuesday April 18th 2006, 10:41 pm

Scott Lynch, 27: Living a Writer’s Fantasy
Lynch is American, and was discovered in 2004 by Gollancz publishing director Simon Spanton, who found excerpts from Lynch’s gritty fantasy debut posted on his web journal and snapped up world rights. Two years on, The Lies of Locke Lamora has found an American publisher in the shape of […]

Boston Legal preempted

Tuesday April 18th 2006, 10:34 pm

The preempted my Boston Legal tonight to for live coverage of the Queensboro Bridge tram stuck in the air midway between Manhattan and Roosevelt Island. If that sounds like an hour of a different angles of a tram relentlessly not moving while TV anchors mindlessly patter away about how nothing’s going on, you’d be right […]

Coetzee says we have no sense of history

Tuesday April 18th 2006, 10:05 pm

The Australian: Coetzee throws book at unis [ 11apr06 ]
“Should we be worried that the graduating students are equipped to write novels and stories and plays for today’s literary market but not well informed about the history of these forms or about what has been achieved in the forms in the past?” Coetzee asked.
Subjects: fiction

Lexington | The way we live now |

Tuesday April 18th 2006, 9:58 pm

Lexington | The way we live now |
FOR years, Tom Wolfe has been lambasting America’s literary establishment for ignoring the best story around—their own country. America positively pullulates with fantastic stories. And yet its writers, ensconced in their Manhattan lofts and writer-in-residence residences, can’t be bothered to look further than the ends of their […]

This is the only way to fix Congress. By Juliet Eilperin

Monday April 17th 2006, 4:52 pm

This is the only way to fix Congress. By Juliet Eilperin
Subjects: politics

Writing Fiction: Finding an Agent

Tuesday April 11th 2006, 8:16 pm

Writing Fiction: Finding an Agent
The advice I give my own students is to market the first novel directly to publishers (again with a query letter and maybe a sample of the script if the publisher says it’s OK). You can reach more publishers in a hurry, and if you do your homework you won’t waste […]

How many words in the English language?

Tuesday April 11th 2006, 1:37 pm

Word Count By Jesse Sheidlower
Subjects: language, english


Tuesday April 11th 2006, 12:29 am

On the back page of yesterday’s New York Times Book Review, Joseph Finder brings a refreshing candor to the dirty little subject of ambition. Serious writers, it seems, aren’t supposed to have any. They labor for art alone; they write “for themselves,” eschewing even the desire for an audience. And if they have any hope […]

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