Word on the street is that Harper Lee has written something for Oprah. This is the second essay that she’s written in 40 years, which makes one Harper Lee essay every twenty years. Maybe we might get another out of Lee if she lives another twenty years. But I think the workaround here is to cryogenically freeze Harper Lee and have her wake up a century now, only to extract the mandatory five essays she owes us. (via Bookslut)
I have a grand temptation to cover this. Of course, if all the purported “experts” are as clueless as Tee Morris, then it might be safe to say that the Dummies books are the publishing industry’s answer to Wikipedia.
Pete Anderson happily reports that he’s received 100 rejections for his stories and speculates upon the reasons why.
Frank Wilson, book review editor of The Philly Inquirer, offers some interesting thoughts on the whole print vs. online media debate. Like Bud, I have to say that it’s good to see someone in print media offering a more nuanced take over the standard “newspapers are gatekeepers/bloggers are upstarts” argument that guys like Tanenhaus and Freeman frequently resort to.
I’m encouraged by the Potter rumor, as well. But given all the sorcery going on in Rowlings’ oeuvre, she could easily reincarnate him in the future–especially at the best of her frantic publishers should they happen to see her post-Potter releases coming falling short of the 10 million sales mark.
“Dammit, Jo, resuscitate! Resuscitate!”
Ed, for TNR you have to register and login and THEN open the review link. Otherwise you get a blank page. Create an account and you should be able to see it.
i would like to point out that Gabriel Garcia Marquez had nothing to do with the attempted name change of his home town. I have no further information than that which is contained in the article. I admire Marquez as much for his writing prowess as for his integrity. Lobbying to get Aracataca changed to Macondo would be an odious move, wouldn’t it?
Anyone reading Gravity’s Rainbow can spot the other Borges shout-out: the major character Katje Borgesius.