Sydney — Baz Luhrmann’s 3D take on The Great Gatsby will shoot in Sydney in August — beating out the iconic story’s home town of New York — after a deal was signed with the New South Wales (NSW) state government Friday, it was announced here Sunday.
This, more than ebooks, more than customer loyalties and more than downward trends in reading defines the current sales culture. We are trained to flip out over a series of trigger words to the point where without those words, without that perception of a deal (but not an actual deal) people don’t spend. I can’t believe that all the people there buying today would be doing so if they literally could not afford to. They have the money now, why didn’t they have it a few months ago? Because we weren’t having a liquidation sale then.
Huh. So maybe we should just advertise all our books as “on sale” at $26.00.
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A fascinating early look at the memoir of Eva Gabrielsson, the ‘widow’ of Stieg Larsson, who fell in love with him at age 18, and who has been famously shut out from a legal claim to his work and royalties.
Sasha Watson writes, "Not only is she Stieg, but—wronged by an unjust, patriarchal society—she is Salander."
Margaret K. McElderry, famed editor of many beloved children’s books (see above) has died at 98.
Publishers Weekly notes that after leaving the NYPL to become an editor, her boss told her, after 25 years of work, to take early retirement, “The wave of the future has passed you by.” Fortunately, she ignored him and founded her own imprint at Simon & Schuster. Thanks for many hours of happy reading, Ms. McElderry.
“'Scarface,' 'Mad Dog,' 'Pretty Boy,' 'Baby Face'—if I had an underworld crime nickname it would be 'Screwed by Ex-Wife's Solicitor and Currently Sleeping in a Caravan.' Man, 42. Screwed by ex-wife's solicitor and currently sleeping in a caravan. Box no. 5543.”—from Sexually, I’m More of a Switzerland
“Like a lot of people, I’m uncomfortable in my own skin. Unlike a lot of people it’s because I have an unidentified skin allergy that has baffled science for 47 years. Woman, 47. Itchy and baffling. Box no. 8369.”—from Sexually, I’m More of a Switzerland
“Word to yo moms—I came to drop bombs. I got more rhymes than the bible’s got psalms. Classics lecturer (M, 62). To some I’m possibly the single most embarrassing person at any social gathering. To others I’m fly-er than the zipper on yo pants. 4reals. Laters. Or something. Please make love to me. Box no. 9749.”—from Sexually, I’m More of a Switzerland
“Forty years ago I was going to marry Elvis—at 56 my expectations are lower. The least you could do is try to meet them. If you’re over 4’10”, it’s a start. Box no. 1210.”—from Sexually, I’m More of a Switzerland
“'Shame' and 'terror.' The two words that most adequately sum up my sexual performances. If yours are 'banter' and 'pot-roast,' write now to bubbly F, 36, making trouser-suits from carpet remnants since 1994. Box no. 2525.”—from Sexually, I’m More of a Switzerland, edited by David Rose
A: I just finished a draft of what sadly turned out to be another version of The Adults. I didn’t realize it until I was finished, and a friend said, “um, isn’t this basically just The Adults but with a shittier title?” I reread it and it was, indeed, the same exact novel.
I’ve heard of tragically sensitive types who get a bad review and spend the next week in bed, but that kind of thing’s hard to pull off when you’ve got a day job and I find that bad reviews are usually not particularly agonizing once the initial shock wears off. Especially given that PW reviews are anonymous, and after fifteen years on the Internet I have a hard time taking anonymous snark very seriously.
The repeated experience of being swiped at by PW’s nameless ghosts has made me think, though, about the phenomenon of lousy reviews in general: the perils of responding to them, and the pressures they impose on our work, and how difficult they are to ignore, and whether or not they actually matter.
from “On Bad Reviews,” by one of WORD’s favorites, Emily St. John Mandel, on The Millions today. Very thoughtful and funny.
We’re sending this quote to all of our authors. Now if only they could stop obsessing about their Amazon rankings…
“This is a speech worth pondering for its defense not just of the value of reading but of “the open democratic space” enshrined in public libraries. Libraries, he said, remind us that “there are things above profit, things that profit knows nothing about … things that stand for civic decency and public respect for imagination and knowledge and the value of simple delight.”—