"If dinosaurs—creatures that ruled and defecated upon the planet for 750 million years—turned into toys in a bathtub, what chance do I have?" — Sean Ferrell
Read Sean Ferrell's great essay on plastic dinosaurs, finding time to write, and divorce at The Nervous Breakdown. I don't think I could do it justice by trying to explain, except to say that you will like it. Here's a snippet...
My writing process has had to evolve or die numerous times over the past seven years. I used to write by hand, but that had to end as I never had work in a form that could be submitted. Like Triceratops, I have less time for transcription than I would like. I used to write when the urge struck. Then came a son and his urges struck instead.
(via The Nervous Breakdown)
If you're a blogger or reviewing using NetGalley (the website for digital advance copies), you may be interested to know that Fifty Shames of Earl Grey is now available there...
Once an ebook has been bought, it is "more worthless than used toilet paper, which can at least end up as compost," award-winning author Joan Brady (?) tells the Telegraph. Ms. Brady tells the newspaper
that paper books will never disappear because people use them to “confirm their social identity” and want to be seen carrying them.
“Hardly anybody read it; people bought it to put on their shelves so other people could see it,” she said.
Meanwhile lowbrow “pulp” such as “celebrity biographies, Mills & Boon and porn” will “disappear into e-books”, she said.
She said that the millions of Britons who proudly display Stephen Hawking’s A Brief History of Time on their bookshelves but have not actually read it are “proof” that physical books are used as status symbols.
“Your Rolex watch? It’s a statement. A four-wheel drive? A statement. That’s what the books in your house are too,” Ms Brady told The Daily Telegraph.
Of course, this is exactly the same sort of predictions that hardcover publishers and literary authors made when mass-market paperbacks took America and the UK by storm in the 1930s.
Edith Wharton hated the "low-brow" paperbacks so much that she left it in her will that she never wanted her books in paperback format. Ms. Brady, however, allows her own books to be sold as ebooks, which makes me think she doth protest too much...
I haven't read the book yet (out this week from Da Capo Press), but the premise sounds intriguing:
"She is a single, twentysomething, gun-loving, Christian, Republican writer and blogger... He is a married, forty-year-old, gun-fearing, atheist, Democrat comedian."
In the summer of 2011, Meghan McCain and Michael Ian Black embarked on a balls-out, cross-country tour. Along the way, they spoke to politicians, gun lovers, abortion-rights advocates and opponents, gay parents, flag burners, Muslims, poker players, Tea Partiers, Minutemen, veterans, teen moms, bikers, fast food workers, and a hooker or two. They toured the White House. They fired semiautomatic weapons. They stopped and ate at every Olive Garden along the way. But mostly they talked to each other about their differences, their similarities. It’s Chelsea Handler meets Hunter S. Thompson in a political cannonball run across America.