Readers weigh in

Spurred by the news of Rushdie’s recent engagement, the inimitable Dong wants to know:

I need you to tell me: as a woman, would you, for, say, all the money ever printed, agree to see Salman Rushdie naked and on top of you? How about if you were some ridiculously tall model, how about then?

Is it a starvation-judgement thing, do you wonder? I say Padma eats a sandwich and comes around, Salman’s done.

The answers: no, no, must be, let’s hope.

Darby defends Joyce’s Ulysses against Roddy Doyle’s claims that the book is overrated:

Ulysses isn’t a book to be moved by, necessarily, but a book to learn from. My writing changed dramatically after having read it, and one of my favorite stories I’ve ever written was directly influenced by it. I’m planning on tackling ‘Wake’ later this year, and thinking about dedicating a running blog at my site, of thoughts I have while reading it.

Update: Golden Rule Jones and Chico also offer rebuttals.

Terry Teachout loathes the Bloomsbury crew:

The Bloomsbury group bores me silly. Always has. All hat, no cattle—and that most definitely includes the only marginally readable Virginia Woolf. It’s the highbrow counterpart of the Algonquin Round Table, with better gossip and fewer one-liners. Now they’re all dead, and about time, too. The sooner they’re forgotten, the better for British literature.

Whee! I feel better!

A reader who may wish to remain anonymous responds to the news that journalism jobs are being shifted overseas:

I work for a very large publisher of [] journals and in the last few years our company has begun outsourcing much of its copyediting and proofreading to India. I know outsourcing is happening throughout many industries, but it always struck me as absurd that a publisher would sacrifice–and in many ways it has–the quality of the printed word in order to save a buck or two. This is one of the pitfalls of moving to an electronic-based medium. We can turn around a submission in a matter of days where it used to be months, and really, this is the bottom line in scientific publishing. But part of that speed is bound up with the idea that cost can be cut where possible, and copyediting (quality of the written word) is one of those areas.


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