Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Best Selling Book Kommunist Cold River ;-)

“Little bits of things make me do it;—perhaps a word that I said and ought not to have said ten years ago;—the most ordinary little mistakes, even my own past thoughts to myself about the merest trifles. They are always making me shiver.” ~ Anthony Trollope, Can You Forgive Her?
As you get older the real cold war is against being consumed by nostalgia Cold River

The Essay About Teaching In MFA Programs That Has Writers Freaking Out Across The Internet
mfa-570“Anyone who claims to have useful information about the publishing industry is lying to you, because nobody knows what the hell is happening. My advice is for writers to reject the old models and take over the production of their own and each other’s work as much as possible.” (Now, search Twitter for “MFA” or “MFA essay” and see what writers are saying about this piece.)
Biggest Selling Book Last Week? Workers Of The World Unite!

“More than 1,700 bargain copies of The Communist Manifesto have sold in the last week, in the form of an 80p edition of Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels’s call to the working classes to revolt.”
The Guardian (UK) 

How A Book Club Is Helping To Keep Ex-Offenders From Going Back To Jail

prison book club
“They were all teenagers then, charged as adults for their violent crimes. At the D.C. jail, they found solace in a book club, reading memoirs and reciting poems they had written. Over the past year, they finally came home. They see themselves as reformed men who did dumb things as kids but who know that others may have trouble forgiving.” Washington Post
Advances For Canadian Nonfiction Books Have Tumbled So Far, Writers Say There’s No Point In Writing

“He knows writers who are rushing to finish ‘important, research-heavy, non-fiction’ books in a matter of months – books that would normally require years of work – because ‘that’s all they can afford to do.'”

When Grownups Read Their Teenage Diaries Aloud In Public

“Real teenage diaries are becoming a form of public entertainment – often self-deprecating – in a number of places, as brave souls divulge details of unsatisfied crushes and lost friendships. Ruminations that now seem ridiculous had once seemed profound to those who had written them down.”
Wall Street Journal 

The Letter That Encapsulates The Millennial Age’

“BuzzFeed is the hottest entertainment/news/advertising/whatever property on earth right now. Everyone is talking about it and everyone (even the celebrities) reads it. Even the fact that you might answer this is a testament to how popular they are. Would you answer this if I was having an existential breakdown over Mother Jones or the Washington Post? How can you feel good about yourself if you don’t work for such a massive, popular, successful company?”
The Awl 

Why That “Things I Can Say About MFAs” Essay Struck Such A Nerve With Writers

Laura Miller: “Not much of ‘Things I Can Say‘ offers a fresh take on the endless MFA debate. More at issue is the swashbuckling, bridge-burning and sometimes contemptuous tone Boudinot adopts and the implication that, as a one-time MFA instructor, he is speaking the secret thoughts of every creative writing teacher to whom a student has entrusted her fledgling work.”