â€¢ “Can’t sell your book? Maybe your agent hasn’t even read it — and never will.”
â€¢ From an article about Jonathan Ames’ self-promotion strategies and traditional midlist position:
â€œIâ€™m my own worst publicist,â€ Ames says. â€œOne thing that has upset me over the years is that I subtitled Whatâ€™s Not to Love? â€˜The Adventures of a Mildly Perverted Young Writer.â€™ Every time now in the papers, itâ€™s like, â€˜Pervert, pervert, pervert.â€™ What was I thinking?! I should have associated my name with the word genius, like Dave Eggers.â€
â€¢ “Frank Beddor, the American producer of the gross-out movie There’s Something About Mary, has transformed Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland into a dark and violent tale of murder and war.”
â€¢ “A Plea from a Biographer to Men and Women of Attainment” — “You make Things so bloody hard … You leave bugger-all on Paper.”
1. n. the lowest point in any process, whereby the urgent need to alter that process becomes manifest. The ralphnadir of Americaâ€™s unrepresentative two-party system led to the establishment, in 2012, of our current proportional allnite-party system. 2. v. the act of creating such a low point while simultaneously undoing oneâ€™s reputation. He ralphnadired their relationship when he condescendingly denied that heâ€™d cheneyed their joint account. â€”ART SPIEGELMAN
Purchasers of the dictionary will also receive a copy of the Future Soundtrack of America, including songs from R.E.M., Fountains of Wayne, Death Cab for Cutie, and David Byrne. Has anyone told Sasha?
â€¢ Rake’s Progress, where the proprietor’s devotion to Nicholson Baker puts Emma‘s and mine to shame, keeps the news about the controversial new novel coming.
â€¢ Ed Park puts William Jefferson Clinton’s My Life and A Reader’s Guide to William Gaddis’s The Recognitions side by side.
â€¢ An A-Z Chekhov lexicon.
â€¢ The Book Sale Finder keeps track of book sales and bookstore closings across the country. (Thanks to Z for the link.)