Articles from July 2005

The Purpose of Art

July 15th, 2005 · Comments Off on The Purpose of Art

Sometimes, we think that the Los Angeles Times believes that pop music isn’t real music. After all, there are sections called “Music” and “Pop Music”; jazz doesn’t really get its own section, per se, but sort of tags on the end of pop. This has always been confusing. In the wake of tragedy, Charlotte Church […]

File Under: Square Pegs

Doing The Personality Tests Proud

July 14th, 2005 · Comments Off on Doing The Personality Tests Proud

We have to admire those who put themselves out there. We prefer to hide our embarrassments, but, according to those nice folks who invented the Meyers-Briggs test (we presume they came from the fine Meyers and Briggs families, though we’re not entirely sure have our information straight), it’s not our fault. Thus we live vicariously […]

File Under: Square Pegs

A Case of Bad Timing

July 13th, 2005 · Comments Off on A Case of Bad Timing

Author Chris Cleave has a problem, one that ties in to one of our earlier posts. Cleave’s novel, Incendiary, had the misfortune of being released on the day of the London bombings. In a second setback, the subject matter just happened to deal with the idea of bombings in London. The publisher reacted appropriately: All […]

File Under: Books/Mags/Blogs

Put That Book Down and Nobody Will Get Hurt

July 13th, 2005 · Comments Off on Put That Book Down and Nobody Will Get Hurt

For further proof that getting an entire species to behave in accordance with a single set of rules, we point to a recent mistake by a grocery store in Canada (names, except Canada’s and one judge who’s due for her fifteen minutes are excluded to protect the innocent). Yes, it appears that someone accidentally shelved […]

File Under: Books/Mags/Blogs

Keeping Pushing The Book Publishing Model Blues

July 13th, 2005 · 5 Comments

If you’ve been paying attention to the news recently, you’ve noticed two major stories: Shrek2 and The Incredibles were victims of stronger-than-expected DVD returns. There are all kinds of questions being asked of the studios behind these films, but, oddly, nobody’s asking about overproduction. Nobody’s asking why the system isn’t more efficient. Hollywood is lucky […]

File Under: Books/Mags/Blogs

This Just In: New York No Longer Center of Universe

July 12th, 2005 · 6 Comments

There is, if you can believe it, a debate that rages long and loud: to New York agent or not to New York agent. The crowd on the left believes proximity makes for good agenting. The crowd on the rights notes new technologies like airplanes, telephones, and even something we hear is called “electronic mail.” […]

File Under: Agents

This One’s For The Kids

July 11th, 2005 · Comments Off on This One’s For The Kids

Here’s one we missed — an agency looking for a wide range of projects, including (yes, kids, it’s true) children’s and young adult fiction. Jennifer DeChiara and Stephen Fraser are incredibly picky, but if they like your work, expect lots of loving care from the agency. Vitals: The Jennifer DeChiara Literary Agency, 254 Park Avenue […]

File Under: Agents

Are Female Crime Writers Pushed Aside?

July 11th, 2005 · 2 Comments

The authors behind The Lipstick Chronicles (Susan McBride, Sarah Strohmeyer, Harley Jane Kozak, Nancy Martin’s) take a look at the idea of a girl ghetto in crime fiction. The discussion features Laura Lippman, David Montgomery, Sarah Weinman, and Harlan Coben, each of whom addresses the idea that women are pushed to the edges of this […]

File Under: Books/Mags/Blogs

We, Too, Get Cranky Around Birthday Time

July 8th, 2005 · 19 Comments

If we were to say, oh, literary fiction sales suck because all literary fiction sucks, not only would people scream, but we’d have to admit to a slight exaggeration. Only some literary fiction sucks — the law of averages prevents all books of any genre from being the best ever. There is excellent literary fiction […]

File Under: Square Pegs

Toward a Utopia of Book Reviewing for Women

July 7th, 2005 · 42 Comments

Recently, we posted a short piece where we read too much into a few words. Most of our enlightened readers got the point immediately. A few chastised us for, well, overreading a few words (which we’d stated up front, so that ship had sailed) and went off on another tangent entirely. Which was fine, but […]

File Under: Wrapped Up In Books