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Houellebecq and Lovecraft, sitting in a tree…

Tuesday July 18th 2006, 3:14 pm

The Observer | Review | Back to the HP source
Phil Baker finds Michel Houellebecq’s take on HP Lovecraft, Against the World, Against Life, to be a brilliant reassessment of a truly great bad writer





Scam artists today

Saturday July 15th 2006, 3:40 pm

At Last! Writer Beware Blogs! A.C. Crispin and Victoria Strauss Reveal All!: Victoria Strauss — News of the Weird
No, I am not making this up. Mr. Kesarcodi-Watson wants people to pay for the privilege of putting words on his website. Cost: $1 per word, with the aim of creating a million-word story; or $1 per […]





Bad reviewing

Friday July 14th 2006, 2:46 pm

Bookslut, baby, on bad reviewing
It’s another Bookslutty day. Is Dracula one big masturbation fantasy?





Pitchfork: Harry Potter to Wyrd Sisters: Fuck You, Pay Me

Friday July 14th 2006, 2:45 pm

Pitchfork: Harry Potter to Wyrd Sisters: Fuck You, Pay Me
Or how being an asshole will cost you money.





This makes me very sad

Thursday July 13th 2006, 3:04 pm

Thank You for Hating My Book - New York Times
Of course, like every writer, I had been obsessively monitoring the sales ranking on my Amazon.com page since well before publication, ignoring the advice of my friend the historian. (“Don’t look at Amazon, whatever you do! After they dredged up that Welsh farmer to review my […]





Alan Moore on the film industry

Wednesday July 12th 2006, 11:24 am

JUMP CUTS by James Israel > Alan Moore: “I hate the movie industry.”
“I hate the movie industry [because] if I make a bad comic, it does not cost a hundred million dollars, which is the budget of an emergent small third world African nation. And this is money that could have gone to alleviating some […]





Why reviewers can’t get paid

Wednesday July 12th 2006, 11:20 am

Conversational Reading: Review Space
And about that $150 paycheck: who cares? How much you’re going to get paid for a review shouldn’t come into consideration at all. Money for reviews is nice, but its far from the reason I do it.
This is why people can’t make money as a reviewer anymore. The supply outstrips the demand […]





Voice of this Generation?

Monday July 10th 2006, 6:31 pm

TIME Magazine Archive Article — Who’s the Voice of this Generation? — Jul 10, 2006





Bookclubs = bullshit

Monday July 10th 2006, 6:00 pm

Rake’s Progress: There’s Always Room For Jello
A successful local author met me for coffee a few years ago. We were talking about book clubs, women’s book clubs to be exact, when she leaned toward me and said in a low voice, “Let me let you in on a dirty little secret. They don’t read the […]





Someone agrees with me

Monday July 10th 2006, 2:55 am

DIAL B for BLOG on Superman Returns
“Superman Returns is a boring, dull and depressing kid’s movie made by people who know nothing of kids, a Christ metaphor made by people who know nothing of Christ, and, ultimately, a Superman movie made by people who know nothing of Superman.”





 
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