New Forms, Chances Are

Most of what’s being written  about new publishing opportunities has to do largely with e-books, and some about new marketing opportunities, both involving the digital world. But why not also involve the structure of writing itself?   An idea has been slowly coming to me over the past couple of months involving just such a […]

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Midlist Crisis/NYTimes

              What Lopate doesn’t say here is that modesty and humility are the basis of the writer psyche. Even if you’re a successful writer, you still have to contend with the fact that the inspiration to write comes through you; it isn’t innately you. NYTimes     Visit my […]

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The Alchemy of Irony (Redux)

I’m reposting this – after gussying it up a bit, because it’s well, important, and I suspect there’s something here that will lead us out of literature’s wilderness.   This is something of a postscript on a previous post on a popular subset of postmodern literature, something you can find here.   Despite postmodernism’s recognition of […]

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The Andrew Wylie Rules How the literary agent still makes millions off highbrow/New Republic

I always enjoy interviews with crusty, irreverent people. Laura Bennett’s interview (linked below) with literary agent and renegade publisher Andrew Wylie is downright entertaining, and it points up some truths about the publishing industry today: The industry’s intransigence over digital publishing and awarding respectable digital revenues to writers.  Amazon’s co-opting of publishing (along with Apple) […]

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