16 August 2013

Reading on the Road: Your homework edition

I'm off to Massachusetts with THE JOURNALS OF JOHN CHEEVER and my hardcover copy of HOTHOUSE (one of 1,000 copies sold this week [sad trombone]) and I'm leaving you lots of things to read and do:

  • Listen to this interview with Ecco editorial director Lee Boudreaux. Try not to swoon when she says that working in publishing is only for those who would spend a whole Saturday reading anyway. 

  • Start spending the millions pennies you will get from the e-book price fixing settlement. I haven't been blogging about this story as much because frankly, it's boring and I'm not even certain the right parties are being targeted in collusion (though clearly, I'm not a lawyer). 
  • Listen to James Wood and Adam Gopnik speculate for the New Yorker on what their kids' biographies about them as writers will have to say... 
  • ...and if you didn't already, go back and read Wood's essay (subscription required) on literary memoirs of bad dads. 
  • Let your heart fill with rage as a British publisher suggests writers should "stop scribbling" for 12 months because there are too many books and not enough people to read them (or something, I couldn't understand because the red mists went over my eyes). Apparently, according to the publishing company he runs, it's okay to keep publishing if you're Yoko Ono though. Maybe he should listen to that Boudreaux interview and then leave his job. 


D.H. Sayer said...

I am one of those thousand who bought HOTHOUSE! I knew the book was up my alley but now I feel bad for luring it in here, where it is always dark and lonely. (It'll have company next month, when I buy Coover's 1100-page THE BRUNISTS DAY OF WRATH. Anyone else excited for that one?? *crickets*)

That Other People podcast was a good one, and it finally made me hip to the fact that copyeditors and regular editors are actually two different things (have to admit: jaw kinda dropped when Ms. Boudreaux quipped that she wasn't a grammar expert).

Ellen said...

She probably meant "I'm not a grammar expert... in comparison to the professional grammar nerds who work for me in that specific capacity." (Did I just rewrite that sentence so as not to end it on a preposition? No one needs to know!)