Interesting articles on books and writing
The Nation published "Who Stole Feminism"?. For all you Chicano(a) journalist that think your job sucks, check out Nixon's Failed Attempts to 'Poisoning the Press'" on National Public Radio (NPR).
Check out The Guardian's Banned Books Quiz: "According to the ALA, what was the book most frequently requested for removal from their shelves in 2007 (it also topped the list of “challenged” titles in 2006)?" Also, is rape an appropriate topic for YAs. "Judy Blume and fellow authors and readers have rallied behind Laurie Halse Anderson's acclaimed young adult novel about the rape of a teenager, Speak, following a call to ban it from schools in Missouri," say a article by Alison Flood in The Guardian. READ IT NOW.
Get a "mean" review of your book. Check out the Huffington Posts (The Huff) Readers Choice of 6 of the Meanest Book Reviews Ever.
Thanks to Rich Yanez who posted this: "On Blowing My Load: Thoughts From Inside the MFA Ponzi Scheme."
“The [American] publishing industry has become, in the past 10–15 years, one of the worst and most dangerous things that has happened to the works of art and literature,” says Alberto Manguel. See Edward Nawotka's article, "Does American Publishing Have Too Much Influence on Global Book Culture?"
Vampires that can go out in the day. Sucking blood made legal. Bloodsuckers now teenage heartthrobs, check out Stephen King's Stephen King explains how to make vampires 'scary again'.
Need a good Copyrighter? Even those at the top are in need. See Jonathan Franzen's book Freedom suffers UK recall: "So it is particularly unfortunate that, thanks to an apparent mistake by his typesetters, the version published in Britain has been found to be littered with errors."
Host a book festival and then "disinvite" an author. Think again! The Guardian reports, "A literary festival for teenagers has been cancelled in Texas after a group of authors withdrew in protest at the organisers' decision to "disinvite" controversial young adult writer Ellen Hopkins." READ IT NOW.
Persevering through rejection? See Melanie Benjamin's article on the subject: "Stop the Insanity and Just Write Already."
We've been on the subject of our people not reading our literature. Check out this article "New Study on Reading in the Digital Age: Parents Say Electronic, Digital Devices Negatively Affects Kids' Reading Time."
He attended Harvard, read his new book Unabomber's book finds publisher in Port Townsend. Isn't is "unibomber"?
Get a preview on Steinbeck as we will be asking Felipe Ortego some John Steinbeck related question this week. See the New York Times story on Steinbeck heirs feuding: "At Steinbeck’s Getaway as Heirs’ Feud Revives."
Latin American writers
Granta named "best young Spanish-language novelists." See Granta names 'best young Spanish-language novelists' : "The future Ian McEwans and Salman Rushdies of the Spanish-language literary world have been named by Granta magazine in a list of the best young Spanish-language authors writing today."
Ben Saenz meditates on the word "illegal": "The way we employ language says a great deal about our national character. Illegal is an adjective. It is not a noun. The use of the term in place of a human being is uncivilized, ungenerous, and mean spirited. I’ve always believed that when we call other people names, we begin to lose our dignity." READ NOW.
A neat book cover by Yuri Morales. Check it out.