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Literary feuds: Good fun and bad taste (in the mouth)
December 11, 2013 | 2:25 pm

literary feudsThe New Yorker has just run its eyebrow-raising compendium of literary feuds of 2013, drawing the definition of feud wide enough to loop in some real doozies. In Rachel Arons' hands, we have, rather than writer versus writer, writer versus collective prejudice, or writer versus stereotype, or writer's estate versus innuedo, or literary enterprise versus concept, etc. Some of the feuds on Arons's Christmas Krampus list look positively overdue, if anything. There was Rachel Kushner taking issue with Adam Kirsch for caricaturing her work as “mansplaining,” and in general, apparently, not writing as a lady novelist should. There was Clare Messud taking...

In glitchy online world, news site ‘glitches’ do happen
December 8, 2013 | 2:15 pm

In a glitchy online world, news site glitches do happen, and here's a story to freeze your computer screen as we speak. A few weeks ago, a man in Manhattan read an op-ed in the New York Times online, and feeling he had something to say in response, he did what a lot of people do these days: he wrote a letter to the editor. And send it in by email. Of course, the Times receives over 500 letters to the editor every day, most by email nowadays, and the editors have to find 3 or 4 letters that "fit." Remember, the...

Big Publishing hype machine full on for Hallberg
November 26, 2013 | 6:29 pm

publishingThe race to be the next Jonathan Franzen thunders on, with Garth Risk Hallberg a shoo-in for that coveted Time Magazine front cover "Great American Novelist" position. Place your bets, ladies and gentlemen. Because Knopf and Jonathan Cape already have, paying respectively $2 million and a "a substantial six-figure deal" for his first full novel, the 900-page City on Fire. Oh, I do hope they're not taking too much of a ... you know ... risk? Some choice quotes from the NYT and Guardian coverage on Hallberg and his debut novel:  “Off the charts in its ambition, its powers of observation, its...

The Gore Vidal pedophilia allegations: Double standards, moral panics, hidden agendas
November 20, 2013 | 10:15 am

Child sex abuse allegations have succeeded reality TV as the mass media's favorite traffic drivers, apparently. And a burden of proof seems too heavy for these fast-moving guys, so they've gone with innuendo and hearsay instead. Or used other people's, which saves journalists' brainpower after all. And there seems to be a shortage of it even at the New York Times, which first ran the now-proliferating posthumous allegations of child abuse against Gore Vidal, who, let's remember, was a writer. Yes, one of those people who makes books. With words. Probably not right for reality TV, but worth squeezing to...

Derek Jeter’s New “At Bat” Project: Book Publishing
November 18, 2013 | 2:58 pm

derek jeterLast week, my two favorite things came together – baseball and books. Even more specifically, New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter announced he was partnering with Simon & Schuster to create a literary imprint Jeter Publishing. Those that know me know I have a large baseball card collection with most of it dedicated to Jeter, who will be 40 next June. There are about 2,000 unique cards of his in my collection. So I was intrigued when I saw the New York Times story about Jeter’s preparation for retirement from baseball, which will be sooner than I would like. “I understand how important...

New York Times Weekly edition is print only in age of Internet
November 10, 2013 | 3:24 pm

New York Times WeeklyMost readers of the daily print edition of the New York Times -- or its daily online edition, too, metered paywall or not – do not know that the Times markets an exclusive 12-page English-language news supplement that is inserted once a week in 35 foreign language newspapers around the world, from Le Figaro in France to the China Daily in Beijing. Oui, oui, si. Here in Taiwan, the Chinese-language national daily United Daily News offers readers the weekly insert every Tuesday, and most of the foreign readers use the supplement for two purposes: as an English learning tool, to brush...

Amazon Publishing head quits, leaves Jurassic Park to the dinosaurs
October 26, 2013 | 2:54 pm

amazon publishingIn welcome news for some that Amazon isn't having everything its own way, Laurence J. Kirshbaum has left Amazon Publishing after just over two years in the saddle, having failed to crack the New York publishing world on behalf of the Bezos Behemoth. Along with him, a number of other more junior staffers will leave Amazon Publishing too, as the whole operation is scaled down. Hard copy printing just hasn't worked so well for the Seattle titan, it seems. Shelf Awareness, a platform not always noted for a 100-percent positive reception of Amazon, first broke the news, and pointed to the...

The Debate Over Paying for News
September 30, 2013 | 3:11 pm

Matthew Ingram has a great write-up on the question of paying for news. Will people do it? Do paywalls actually generate revenue for traditional newspapers? The sobering answer is, not really---unless you are the New York Times. From the article: "Take Gannett, for example. The newspaper chain is the largest newspaper publisher in the U.S. as measured by circulation, with more than 81 daily papers, and it has been betting heavily on paywalls to drive additional revenue at its various properties. So after two years or so of trying to push its paywall strategy, how many of Gannett’s newspaper readers have been convinced...

Should authors review other authors’ books?
September 9, 2013 | 1:09 pm

A recent New York Times Bookends feature focused on writers reviewing other writers—specifically the argument of "should they or shouldn’t they?" Zoë Heller and Adam Kirsch discussed the topic, touching on why some authors are reluctant to review others, but also why it's important to do so. Heller writes: "Some recuse themselves from reviewing any contemporary fiction at all. Others review only those novels they can praise in good faith. Still others adopt a tactful, discursive reviewing style that allows them to write about books they don’t rate without actually copping to an opinion." Kirsch writes: "Write a bad review and you make an enemy for...

Morning Roundup: Teachers; librarians; and German Kindle owners, getting nervous
August 2, 2013 | 9:07 am

Morning RoundupNo, iPads Do Not Make Teachers Obsolete (Salon.com) The Brave New World is officially here — and it’s not just new, it’s also expensive and, at best, unproven. That’s the news of the last few weeks in the world of education. * * * What Makes a Good Librarian? (GalleyCat) “How do I make myself stand out?” one young librarian asked a community of veteran librarians on Reddit, looking for some advice about jump-starting a library career. They received some fascinating advice from the community, workplace tips that can help bookstore employees or writers as well. * * * Kindle Owners Beware: Amazon is Now Closing the Accounts...

Is It OK to Hate Reading to Your Children?
July 23, 2013 | 10:09 am

READINGI had to laugh at this blog post on the New York Times website where the author laments the chore of reading out loud to her son. It's not that she dislikes books, she's careful to explain—it's just that the books her son enjoys are tedious and irritating. Those Richard Scarry books particularly irk her: "In Richard Scarry’s world, there is a lot to look at, but not a lot to read, and when there’s not a lot to read, you have to make up things. I could go that route, and I probably should go that route, but since I am...

Morning Roundup: JK Rowling is PISSED!
July 19, 2013 | 9:12 am

JK RowlingJK Rowling 'Very Angry' That Law Firm Leaked Her Name (NPR) In a twist worthy of her latest detective novel, it turns out it was a lawyer's wife's best friend who leaked J.K. Rowling's identity as the "Robert Galbraith" who wrote the crime novel The Cuckoo's Calling. Pro tip: When you have a JK Rowling secret, don't tell anyone (LA Times) A British law firm admitted on Thursday that it was the source of the information that J.K. Rowling had secretly published a mystery novel, "The Cuckoo's Calling," under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith. Rowling's response? She is "very angry." She wasn't at first. Initially, she was somewhat...