In July, I found myself looking back at some literary masters, publishers looking at new ways to sell books, writers thriving on social media, and a few lessons, bad and good, in our ongoing efforts to live the writing life. Please enjoy.
The Loss of Nadine Gordimer
I was saddened to hear the news of the loss of one of my favorite writers Nadine Gordimer. In a year of saying goodbye to some of our best writers, this one hurts.
Issues of Re-Issues
Writers have a hard enough time finding readership — do we really have to worry about deceased literary heavyweights vying for a share of the marketplace? Last month, I highlighted new poems from Neruda. In July, Grove announced that it is issuing a lost story from Samuel Beckett. Scribner is also reissuing Hemingway’s classic novel The Sun Also Rises with a previously discarded first chapter. It seems as though publishers are starting to mimic movie studios in the way they mine old material to obtain a new audience.
Don’t Go Into Poetry for the Money, Honey
Kate Angus penned a great article at The Millions about how, even with the proliferation of MFA graduates and the hard work of small press and mainstream publishers, Americans seems to love poetry just not poetry books.
Writers Who Run the Literary Internet?
Flavorwire published a spotlight on 35 writers who run the literary internet. While it looks as though a few on the list purchased followers and reach on Twitter, most of the writers highlighted here are worth following.
Let Amazon Run the Library System (It Runs Everything Else in Literature)
No Forbes isn’t the Onion, but it saw fit to publish Tim Worstall’s article “Close the Libraries and Buy Everyone an Amazon Kindle Unlimited Subscription. We all know the public library system is no engine of efficiency, but it provides more than just books to our communities (such as computer and internet access). Digitization is part of the future, obviously, but we need to find a way to support those of us who can’t afford the internet fast lane.
Odds and Ends
Here’s a few other links I found entertaining:
– The First Asian American Superhero: The Green Turtle
– What Writers Can Learn from Goodnight Moon