Kerouac was talented and sensitive and vulnerable and he ultimately killed himself with booze. Frustrated, he drank because he was misunderstood. His publishers and the media and the critics sold him as America’s “bad boy.” They didn’t look at his writing, didn’t acknowledge the value of his fresh, new style, didn’t hear the questions he posed about the meaning of life. He was cast as the harbinger of restless meanderings and delivered to a hungry, eager youth ready for action, encouraged to use On the Road as their map into naughty new places where sex, drugs and jazz defined the essence of cool.
Aug 1st, 2010 3:03pmSeptember 28, 2010
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2010: A Publishing Odyssey « Publishing Talk
But the harsh truth is: it doesn’t matter whether publishers engage or not. Those publishers who don’t engage will be cut out of the loop as the world rolls on regardless. It doesn’t even matter whether they decide to pay fair royalties or not. Ultimately, it’s not their decision any more. The economics of the new publishing are open to all. Publishers no longer have the monopoly. Anyone can play. And if someone chooses to take their ball away and play a different game with someone else, what, exactly, are you going to do about it?
Aug 1st, 2010 3:50pmSeptember 28, 2010
Three Percent: A Rational Discussion about Amazon
The real trouble with Amazon, it seems, is that nobody truly believes we were better off without it.
Aug 1st, 2010 3:56pmSeptember 28, 2010
Three Percent: Odyssey Editions
Approximately 5 minutes after this was announced the entire book world went a little bit apeshit.
Aug 1st, 2010 4:18pmSeptember 28, 2010
Money Changes Everything
The response to the WSJ article on online privacy+ads nicely demonstrates that if you write for money online, odds are that you’re a scumbag
Aug 1st, 2010 5:12pmSeptember 28, 2010
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Lefsetz Letter » Blog Archive » Photo Of The Day
The public knows the score and the artists are clueless and the businessmen are full of shit.
Aug 2nd, 2010 8:01amSeptember 28, 2010
The Mousehunter Blog » Blog Archive » Online marketing for children’s authors
If you’re not on the web in some shape or form, then to all intents and purposes you don’t exist.
Aug 2nd, 2010 8:05amSeptember 28, 2010
Hands On With Amazon’s Zippy, Alluring Kindle
For the first time, I could comfortably hold a Kindle e-reader in one hand. … The unit felt very balanced in the hand, and the buttons felt like they were in convenient, ergonomic places (more on that in a moment).