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June 15, 2011

On Not Going Out of the House: Thoughts About Plotlessness 14

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If life keeps “flowing, always flowing, smashing everything” as it rushes toward the ocean of death, the desire to scramble for the bank and sit the whole thing out on dry land is understandable.

June 14, 2011

Tuesday New Release Day: Mansbach, Christensen, Ball, Nom de Plumes 0

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Adam Mansbach’s “viral,” tongue-in-cheek kids’ book for adults, Go the F–k to Sleep is now out. We interviewed Mansbach years ago, pre-frenzy, about other matters. This week also offers up a pair of much anticipated novels for the literary set, The Astral by Kate Christensen (don’t miss Edan’s interview with Christensen today) and The Curfew […]

June 14, 2011

Clancy Martin, Sans Pants 0

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How to Sell author Clancy Martin, drawing on his previous career as a jeweler, kicks off a three-parter at the Paris Review blog about how a potential jewelry deal took him to New Orleans and he ended up out on the street, wearing a bath towel and a blazer.

June 14, 2011

First Printings Get Smaller 0

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PW points out yet another publishing industry totem being torn down by the rise of e-books, the first printing number, once a signifier of how “big” publishers and the media expected a book to be: “In an era when first printings are down because e-books can account for as much as 50% of sales on […]

June 14, 2011

DFW Interview from Russia 0

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The NYRB blog unearths a 2006 interview with David Foster Wallace by a Russian journalist. “I will probably at some point finish a novel. Whether it will be good enough to publish, I don’t know.”

June 14, 2011

The Millions Interview: Kate Christensen 6

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“If I do know some of men’s innermost secrets, it’s only because I share them. Men can be curmudgeons, horndogs, misanthropes, selfish, rebellious, crafty, mischievous, and so forth and still be loved – boys will be boys, their foibles and faults can be charming and funny — but girls are another story entirely.”

June 14, 2011

Last Words 14

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When do we, as writers, accept that a piece is as good as it will ever be, even if it’s not that great? When do we decide that a piece will never be good enough to be published?

June 13, 2011

On Ebooks on the Cheap 0

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Chad Post of Open Letter Books writes a compelling piece on the devaluing impact of ebook pricing, and why, despite that, Open Letter not only now offers ebooks, it put them all on sale for $4.99 for the month of June.

June 13, 2011

Lighting the Way: On Mentoring and Being Mentored 3

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I am thankful for each of my mentors and what they’ve offered me at different points in my life as a writer. I don’t want to imagine what I might not have attempted, creatively and professionally, were it not for their support and enthusiasm, their benevolent shadows.

June 13, 2011

Tropical Storm: Ann Patchett’s State of Wonder 1

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Patchett has written a Brazilian adventure tale, headed “down a river into the beating heart of nowhere,” the throttle on the boat—and on the novel—open full.