Archive for July, 2007

Wait — I'm Defending PW?

Wait — I'm Defending PW?

Over at the Publishers Weekly blog, Notes from the Bookroom, Jonathan Segura notes (“McSweeney’s Interns Give Good Note“) that, just because something is handwritten, that doesn’t mean it was written especially for you. Basically, the good, sincere folks at McSweeney’s have hit upon the brilliant ploy of using a very, very old-fashioned means of mimeo to reproduce their […]

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To Say Nothing of Punky Brewster

To Say Nothing of Punky Brewster

Honestly, I can’t remember how I got on this kick. I was writing about something else and stumbled across something on Amazon and away I went. Oh wait, now I remember. Has it been that long already? Punk Rock Aerobics Punk Rock Yoga Pretty in Punk: 25 Punk, Rock, and Goth Knitting Projects Punk Rock […]

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Booklist's Harry Potter Review

Booklist's Harry Potter Review

“So, how was your weekend?” “Oh, pretty good. I picked up my copy of Harry Potter.” I think people are starting to worry that, if they get stopped for not wearing a seatbelt, they’re in for a second ticket if the cop discovers they don’t have a copy of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows in the glove box. Book reviews probably aren’t going […]

The Camera I

The Camera I

Know how government agencies always release bad news on Friday afternoons, hoping you’ll already be too distracted by thoughts of baseball, beer, and barbecue to pay attention? Well, this isn’t bad news, but watching myself on video always makes me want to fold in on myself, or at least check my e-mail until it’s over. Fortunately, […]

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Not All Americans Are Prudes

Not All Americans Are Prudes

But some of them are, and some of them work in publishing. From The Independent (“Author’s nude drawings too hot for US publisher,” by Tony Paterson): One of Germany’s best-selling children’s authors is embroiled in an extraordinary transatlantic row about nudity after a US publisher refused to accept one of her books because it contained […]

Poor, Unpublishable Jane Austen

Poor, Unpublishable Jane Austen

Yet another why-don’t-publishers-recognize-good-writing story (“The author and the Austen plot that exposed publishers’ pride and prejudice,” by Steven Morris, The Guardian). I’m shocked, shocked that contemporary publishers don’t want to publish something that seems as if it was written 200 years ago. Even if they didn’t recognize that it was Jane Austen, they may have […]

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What's next? The Harlem GlobePotters?

What's next? The Harlem GlobePotters?

The hurricane of Harry Potter stories, far from bewitching me, has me feeling beat. So I’m seeking the shelter of a hilarious parody (found on Galleycat), Welcome Back Potter. There is some irony in the fact that there’s not much crossover between the core audiences of this mashup’s targets — those of us who saw Kotter on TV are […]

Blogrolling

Blogrolling

Why was I reading Richard Eoin Nash’s blog just now? For probably the same reason he was reading my blog: we’re both quoted in the same article (“Harriet Klausner: the publishing industry’s secret weapon?” by Simon Owens, Bloggasm): "This is an exhilarating outer space opera that never slows down especially during the latter quarter of […]

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Billions of blue blistering barnacles!

Billions of blue blistering barnacles!

Over at Soft Skull Press, Richard Eoin Nash offers some context on the politics of Tintin, in the form of an excerpt from the book, Tintin and the Secret of Literature. (It was first published in the UK by Granta; Soft Skull will offer the U.S. edition.) When the book was  written, Tintin in the […]

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Book Review Reviewed by Readers

Book Review Reviewed by Readers

There’s one news paper whose book-review remodel is getting good reviews: the Raleigh-Durham-Cary-Chapel Hill News & Observer. Granted, the plaudits are being printed in the paper itself. But they seem to come from regular BookPeople ™. From the News & Observer (“Book review pages get a review,” by Ted Vaden): Those were some of the […]

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