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Fri, October 1st, 2010
Weeklings: Virginia Quarterly Review, E-books
Posted by: Keir Graff

Much of the media coverage of the suicide of Kevin Morrissey, the Virginia Quarterly Review‘s managing editor, was downright sensationalistic, teasing out allegations that he may have been driven to it by the bullying of his boss, editor Ted Genoways. Now, in Slate, Emily Bazelon’s “Tragedy at the Virginia Quarterly Review” offers a more nuanced and […]

Fri, September 3rd, 2010
Weeklings: E-Readers and Self-Publishers (The Usual Suspects)
Posted by: Keir Graff

From the Department of I’m Shocked, Shocked, NPR reports that the NYTRB is mostly by and about white males (“Are ‘The New York Times’ Book Reviews Fair?“). Also on (“Books Have Many Futures,” although I couldn’t find audio), Linton Weeks presents this amusing scenario: Other types of books are not only meant to be […]

Fri, July 30th, 2010
Weeklings: Apocalypse Amazon, Luxury Books, and Grawlixes
Posted by: Keir Graff

In “Before the Flood,” Margaret Atwood describes what made her go back to the dysopian future in “The Year of the Flood” (by Guy Dixon, The Globe and Mail): One of the things people are working on now, and were working on in 2001 when I was actually halfway through Oryx and Crake, is the […]

Fri, July 9th, 2010
Weeklings, I Mean, Monthlings: From First Editions to E-Readers to Fox News Chicago
Posted by: Keir Graff

It’s been so long since I wrote a Weeklings that this is really a Monthlings–and that’s being charitable. Here are a few of the things I’ve read recently that have lodged in my brain…due to the length of this post, I have introduced subject headings. First Editions Much as I covet first editions, I only […]

Mon, April 5th, 2010
How will traditional publishers respond to the rise of self publishing?
Posted by: Keir Graff

Over the weekend, NPR was the latest news organization to see the iPad as the latest hook for the ongoing story about self-publishing (“iPad Could Help Self-Publishers Kick Open Doors,” by Laura Sydell). But, after speculating that the iPad’s fabulous full-color screen will make e-books sexy again, it’s pretty much the same story as usual: self-publishing […]

Fri, March 5th, 2010
A Real Lulu: John Edgar Wideman to Self-Publish
Posted by: Keir Graff

It’s one thing when a first-time author self-publishes a book — it can be a great way to get noticed, as we learned from David Carnoy. It’s another thing entirely when a well known and widely respected author turns from traditional publishing to self-publishing. But that’s exactly what John Edgar Wideman (Fanon, 2008) is doing. […]

Wed, March 3rd, 2010
David Carnoy: Self-Publishing Is Minor-League — and That’s Good
Posted by: Keir Graff

Way back in December 2008, I wrote about an article by David Carnoy, called “Self-Publishing a Book: 25 Things You Need to Know.” An editor at CNET, he was sharing useful lessons he’d learned while self-publishing his novel, Knife Music. I checked in with him the following month, asking about his experience purchasing a book review from Kirkus Discoveries, […]

Mon, February 22nd, 2010
Quirk Classics Unveils Android Karenina Cover
Posted by: Keir Graff

You’ve got to hand it to Quirk Classics. The publishers of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters may be riding their one-trick pony into the ground, but they’re doing it with style. Bloggers, this one included, seem constitutionally incapable of not linking to every new development, from the announcement of the newest […]

Wed, January 27th, 2010
Won’t Anyone Please Think of the Comics?
Posted by: Ian Chipman

So, the iPad is here (yes yes, total namefail) and all the geeks are mad because it does what everyone’s been conjecturing it’ll do for months if not years, but fails to do anything that no one thought of. Do people think that Apple has people coming up with ideas from different dimensions? Is it supposed […]

Sun, January 17th, 2010
From Android Karenina to Huckleberry Fang
Posted by: Keir Graff

And to think it all started with a plucky little mash-up called Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. In her review, Mary Ellen Quinn asked, with tongue firmly in cheek, “What’s next? Wuthering Heights and Werewolves?” Not a bad guess, but the next offering was actually Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters. Since the public’s appetite for good […]

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