The Publishing "Cycle"...

article posted 19 days ago

Over at the Globe, a certain Mr. Smith has some interesting comments about how publishing decisions are being made at the Big Houses. Given how much attention these — rare and arbitrary-seeming — gigantic advances get, and what kind of impact they have on a fragile literary ecosystem, it’s nice to see someone taking a nuanced look at them.

Have a look here to get a sense of some of the effects of the search for the next “Big Book.”

Once again...Because it's Good for You.

article posted 19 days ago

I’ve seen a few articles like this one appear in recent years, so I guess this isn’t exactly “news”... but it’s always worth reiterating the importance of books, reading and introspection.

This piece is also particularly interesting given how it discusses possible differences in the reading of various kinds of texts.

Beginning with the Mirror News

article posted 19 days ago

Press for my new book of short stories Beginning with the Mirror has started coming in and so far it has been very positive. I’m pleased to share this terrific review in particular with you!
You can find the full text of the review here

Many thanks to the author and the team at Q & Q!

One MORE Point for books...

article posted 57 days ago

Here’s an interesting article on another study indicating there are particular advantages to reading the traditional print book.

Looks like the evidence is beginning to pile up on this one, folks.

Here’s that link again…. and yes, I’m aware of the irony.

Arts Funding, Ethics and Transparency

article posted 89 days ago

Though not a paper I usually read, I did come across this interesting article at the FT site the other day.

Obviously, there are no easy answers to some of the questions around where major cultural institutions get their money. Despite that, it remains vital to keep asking the questions… Which is what the piece does well enough.

Well worth the reading.

Here's an Idea!

article posted 103 days ago

A grant that specifically provides time to recharge the creative battery while soaking up new material: sounds like a great plan to me.

Have a look and see what you think.

But it is hard to argue with the notion that taking in more information and ideas is good for creators, and by extension, for the culture.

Readercon 25 Appearances

article posted 164 days ago

I’m pleased to announce that I’ll be attending Readercon, The Conference on Imaginative Literature, over the coming weekend. I’m scheduled for a number of events, including a reading and two panels. Here is my schedule:

Friday July 11
2:00 PM ENV Reading. I will read from either Subtle Bodies or The City’s Gates.

Saturday July 12
10:00 AM F When the Other Is You. Chesya Burke, Samuel Delany, Peter Dubé, Mikki Kendall, Vandana Singh, Sabrina Vourvoulias (leader).

Sunday July 13
10:00 AM F Variations on the Theme of Unreliable Narrators. Peter Dubé, Theodora Goss (leader), Eileen Gunn, Shira Lipkin, Adrienne J. Odasso.

All the details on the Conference can be found here

Hope to see you!

Oh, the Other Side of the Coin...

article posted 165 days ago

Here’s a quick-reading piece that actually questions the received wisdom regarding e-books.

Though not entirely convincing, it is nice to see a little balance ruffle the unquestioning “wow cool!” euphoria that inevitably accompanies any new tech.

Life and Literature

article posted 166 days ago

One of the things that I’ve tended to see as problematic in much contemporary discussion of books is the emphasis on the author and his or her biography – as if the key to a work’s meaning lay in the detritus of daily life rather than the writing itself. This feels terribly reductive to me; it seems to close down the text rather than opening it up. It seems vaguely related to the worst elements of celebrity culture too… with its obsessive stalking of movie stars’ love lives and outfit choices.

All that said, it’s an old debate and one that is unlikely to ever vanish.

Recently these pieces appeared in the Times. Although far from the final word, of course, they’re fairly good considerations of some of the issues at hand.

The Writing Brain

article posted 172 days ago

I’m often a little suspicious of research that seeks to “explain” the creative process, as if something so complex could be reduced to a single cause or source, but it is sometimes interesting nonetheless.

This article offers some food for reflection. So, I’ve decided to share it in case it should it be of interest to you!