Thought-provoking piece on NPR from crime-writer Anne Holt, who says crime fiction is a mirror that reflects what society is afraid of. Scandinavian crime writers have long been warning of the rise of right-wing extremists.
Holt says of Breivik: "This boy is born in the best and richest country in the world. He has had every single chance of being a happy, perfectly-adjusted human being, but something went terribly wrong, and we have to ask ourselves why."
“It used to be like clockwork in the book business: first the hardcover edition was released, then, about one year later, the paperback.
But in an industry that has been upended by the growth of e-books, publishers are moving against convention by pushing paperbacks into publication earlier than usual, sometimes less than six months after th
Wow. This is an incredibly boring article. And we’re in the publishing business. If e-books are proving anything, it’s that readers care less about pb—just check the numbers. (They also could have updated Carrie Kania’s status, since it was widely-publicized that she just left HC.) We’re all for the NYT interest in publishing, but their focus, and their viewpoint, always seems a day late and a dollar short.
“If you serve time for society, democracy, and the other things quite young, and declining any further enlistment make yourself responsible only to yourself, you exchange the pleasant, comforting stench of comrades for something you can never feel in any other way than by yourself. That something I cannot yet define completely but the feeling comes when you write well and truly of something and know impersonally you have written in that way and those who are paid to read it and report on it do not like the subject so they say it is all a fake, yet you know its value absolutely.”—Ernest Hemingway, Green Hills of Africa
“I think you should learn about writing from everybody who has ever written that has anything to teach you….Like me to write you a little essay on The Importance of Subject? Well the reason you are so sore you missed the war is because war is the best subject of all. It groups the maximum of material and speeds up the action and brings out all sorts of stuff that normally you have to wait a lifetime to get….Love is also a good subject as you might be said to have discovered. Other major subjects are the money from which we get riches and poores. Also avarice…A dull subject I should say would be impotence. Murder is a good one so get a swell murder into yr. next book and sit back.”—Ernest Hemingway, in a letter to F. Scott Fitzgerald, December 15, 1925
"You’re an expatriate. You’ve lost touch with the soil. You get precious. Fake European standards have ruined you. You drink yourself to death. You become obsessed with sex. You spend all your time talking, not working. You are an expatriate, see? You hang around cafes."
“I’ve seen you, beauty, and you belong to me now, whoever you are waiting for and if I never see you again, I thought. You belong to me and all Paris belongs to me and I belong to this notebook and this pencil.”—Ernest Hemingway, A Moveable Feast
Tomorrow is Hemingway’s birthday (112 years, if you’re counting) and we plan on celebrating by bombing your Tumblr feed with numerous photos, quotes and various tchotkes in celebration of the famous writer.
Interviewer: How much rewriting do you do? Ernest Hemingway: I rewrote the ending of “Farewell to Arms”, the last page of it, thirty-nine times before I was satisfied. Interviewer: Was there some technical problem there? What was it that stumped you? Ernest Hemingway: Getting the words right.
In Dorothy Wickenden’s new book Nothing Daunted, she tells the real-life adventure story of her grandmother, Dorothy Woodruff, who left the safe confines of New York in 1916 to teach school in the wilds of the American West.
As Slate says, “What is alternative about this history is its lens, which is trained on a strain of feminine resilience that doesn’t often come into focus in accounts of the frontier. Mrs. Harrison was but one of a seemingly unending parade of remarkable women.”