- The proprietor of Booklust believes Jonathan Franzen’s antics are more reminiscent of Charlie Brown’s than those of an unwitting French farce star.
- Today’s New York Times pulls a New Yorker, with a piece about bloggers’ book deals. More on this later.
- Wondering what to do with books you don’t want? The CS Monitor notes that passing them along to Bookcrossing.com and tracking their progress around the world is always an option. (Via Michael “The Heat Is On” Schaub at Bookslut.)
- The Miami Herald gives Oxford American a little love, and quotes MaudNewton.com hero Donna Tartt on OA contributor (and MaudNewton.com hero) Charles Portis: “the greatest, unsung American writer.”
- From Publishers Marketplace:
Following in a great but unfortunate tradition, the NY Observer has a new reporter poking around publishing who has recast the old editors-don’t-edit misconception into the new jargon of outsourcing: “Much the same way that telemarketers and programmers have migrated to Bangalore, the once-venerated job of book editing is beginning to be shunted from tweedy three-martini fellows in publishing houses to a fleet of laptop-armed freelancers, at home in their sweat pants.” As you can see, deep and revealing insights about our business abound.
- Salman Rushdie fields questions in India:
Asked if he thinks the world is an evil kind of place, he replied with a wry smile: “I am against terrorism. I think it is regrettable.”
If that didn’t clarify his stand, this did: “In America, we have to deal with strange growths called Bushes.”