The “I’m a Cranky Bastard” Roundup


  1. Hello, Ed!

    Hee, hee, so I am a journalist already??? Do you know, I sent Bud a link to my article, and he had it read and posted before I got the print version from the milk bar this morning. Ahhhh, the Internet, where would we be without it.

    I’m a litblogger who’s been recruited to write for a newspaper, rather than a journalist. I’m not a US writer, so it didn’t occur to me to talk to people I don’t know about Critical Mass. But many thanks for the information, I’m happy to be corrected as well. It was important for me to try and get some international perspective into the article, rather than just concentrating on US blogs, but it’s good to know who John Freeman is and I’ll be sure to follow that up. Might get another story out of it.

    By the way if you are interested in my suggestion that blogging might be one way of restoring the public conversation about writing to critics and readers, rather than restricting it to the book press and mainstream media, Ivor Indyk’s rather fine essay is still up at my website.

  2. “I’m a litblogger who’s been recruited to write for a newspaper”

    Guess what, that automatically makes you a journalist. But that’s also part of the larger bloggers vs. mainstream critic conversation too, I suppose…

  3. Well, I think I’m happy enough to let readers be the judge of whether my piece is as Manichean as Ed makes out – I do wonder if he got past the first 250 words though.

    There’s a tradition here in Australia where academics and others who write for the literary pages are not automatically proclaimed journalists upon their first publication. It takes a hell of a lot more to be considered a qualified journo here, I think.
    I’m enjoying trying to keep my pieces (four reviews besides this article) as ‘small magazinish’ as I possibly can, but the editor who is commissioning from me is moving on – so I may not be a ‘journalist’ for very long at all.

    Australia’s population is too small to sustain the breadth of media publications you have in the US – it’s a different story here really. I’m glad you’ve had a look at my work, and I hope you haven’t missed what I believe my main point is, about the opportunities book blogs offer for a richer and more varied public conversation on writing. If you have missed that, then obviously I still have a great deal to learn 🙂

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