Articles from September 2005

One Giant Step for Publishing Kind

September 7th, 2005 · Comments Off on One Giant Step for Publishing Kind

Today, Holtzbrinck, the corporate parent of fine publishers like Audio Renaissance, Farrar, Straus & Giroux, Henry Holt, Picador, St. Martin’s Press, and Tor/Forge, left the competition in the dust. What’s that, you say, how could this be? What happened when I wasn’t paying attention? Yeah, yeah, yeah, we’re kidding you. Sure, Holtzbrinck is the first […]

File Under: Books/Mags/Blogs


September 7th, 2005 · Comments Off on Sombunall

Ron Hogan is guest hosting Galleycat this week (Sarah Weinman did the job last week) and, in addition to returning the site to our list of regular haunts, reminds us of a word we haven’t encountered in a while: fnord. It’s also nice that someone else out there copped to the fact that Dan Brown […]

File Under: Square Pegs

What Would Jane Do?

September 7th, 2005 · 3 Comments

While we wait in vain for a decent production of Northanger Abbey, we like to contemplate Jane Austen’s reactions to her increasing popularity. One would have thought her star would fall (or shoot or whatever it is that stars on the wane do) about the time Hugh Grant donned a cravat. Instead, Pride and Prejudice […]

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Thanks and Welcome

September 7th, 2005 · Comments Off on Thanks and Welcome

Our special thanks to Jill, who once again anticipated our inability to get with the program this morning (her sacrifice of personal time will be noted on her permanent record). She noticed that we were mentioned in a very nice Christian Science Monitor story about litblogs. . .and she noticed that we fit the profile […]

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Links To Help

September 7th, 2005 · 1 Comment

We’ve been jumping from place to place, trying to track down all the various Katrina relief efforts started by the literary community. Suffice to say many have stepped up and we expect even more. Below are a few links to resources. Also, we know we’ve mentioned this before, but give blood. Thank you. Close To […]

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It’s Gotta Be A French Thing

September 7th, 2005 · 1 Comment

We’ve never pretended to understand the dark underbelly of literary criticism, so maybe the notion of releasing embarrassing rap records as retaliation for withholding review copies is a normal thing. We try to run with a less vicious crowd. When the celebrated French author Michel Houellebecq launched his latest novel in circumstances of extraordinary secrecy […]

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A Bit of Bragging On Booksquare

September 7th, 2005 · 2 Comments

You find some amazing things when you go troll through the Internet (okay, I was googling). I found a nice mention of Booksquare in The Christian Science Monitor. …the fact is that book blogs can be vibrant and sharply opinionated, full of odes to favorite authors and jibes at everything from “cheesy” bestsellers to the […]

File Under: Jill's First Blog

Heading To The Dictionary To Define A Publisher

September 6th, 2005 · Comments Off on Heading To The Dictionary To Define A Publisher

We often find our curiosity piqued by clever names. We gaze upon them in wonder, trying to understand deeper meanings and whatnot. Some are obvious, some require the use of the dictionary. Such was the case of young adult publisher (or rather sub-division of Penguin, etc) Razorbill. Surely it had some catchy, oblique connection to […]

File Under: Publishers and Editors

Again, We Ask You To Consider Future Generations

September 6th, 2005 · Comments Off on Again, We Ask You To Consider Future Generations

We know, give or take, two people who have obsessively (and we use the word with all due fondness) saved each and every email they have sent and received over the past dozen or so years. This leads to some embarrassment if others take a position contradictory to statements they made under who-knows-what-influence in 1996. […]

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It’s A Copy And Paste World — We Just Live In It

September 6th, 2005 · 4 Comments

Before we begin, may we suggest that schools need to spend more time teaching today’s youth “attribution”? It is clearly no longer the province of journalists and scholars. While there are many forms of attribution, at the the very least, the original source of material should be noted when material is quoted. We understand that […]

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