It looks like the Mystery Writers of America share the SFWA’s troubling inability to understand that we’re now in the 21st century. Sarah has distressing news about the Edgars. The MWA, perhaps jittery because of Stephen King’s appearance, has pronounced that “cell phones, cameras and all other electronic devices” must be turned off in order to prevent certain attendees from live blogging the proceedings. I’ve never heard of such a preposterous embargo, which runs counter to the spirit of celebrating mystery writers, who I’m sure must be miffed to here that hubristic forces wish to enable their achievements to be disseminated across the Internet in real time. I’d suggest to all Edgar attendees to live blog anyway and let the spirit of samizdat reign under tablecloths.
It could be worse. Howard Hendrix could start writing crime. 8D
Now if John Scalzi would like to start writing crime… Well, he openly admits copping Hiassen in his most recent book.
I shall eat your brains, Edward Championinski.
well said on Dirda. Wieseltieresque is a fine word.
I’d be more incensed about Dirda if I didn’t think he really is a sweet, smart guy who just doesn’t understand the internet. Didn’t we already know he’s pretty much a Luddite? He’s like someone’s cranky old grandpa — we should start forwarding him chain letters. He has no idea what goes on on the blogs or with the kids these days. But he’s done some fine writing about books.
Primadonna Italians, snooty British and stuck-up Americans should drop out. Blogosphere handles critical barbs well I think.