There can be no better barometer for how little literary figures matter than the Seattle Timesyear-end death list, which overlooks Octavia Butler and Gilbert Sorrentino. Butler’s exclusion is particularly egregious, given that she lived in Seattle. Way to go, team!
Now open for Wikipedia-like catastrophes of the first order: The Internet Speculative Fiction Database. Remember kids, only you can decide history, only to find your careful ruminations reverted ten minutes later.
Ship lit? Okay, I get it. We’re going to see twelve trend pieces in the Gray Lady on “____ lit” before the end of winter. But given certain realities, that promising essay on “tit lit” ain’t happening anytime soon. (via Brockman)
Preposterous revisionism going down in libraries. Sorry, Maud, but I can’t stay out of this either. Rabid, raccoon-eyed, baby carrot-chomping librarians scare the fuck out of me too. But, man, does righteous indignation about books get the job done sometimes.
In fairness to the Seattle Times, that’s an AP-generated list of people who died. (Which reminds me of my long unfulfilled dream to one year have that Oscar montage, you know the one, actually SET to an orchestral version of “People Who Died.”)
Thanks for the link — I’ve arrived!!