Monday leftovers

  • Erica Wagner examines the practice of novel-writing- by-committee. I thought this was just another way to say “pursuing an MFA,” but she’s talking about a site called Glypho.
  • Jeanette Winterson urges publishers to “stop publishing books that don’t really need to be books.”
  • Rodge Glass, Alasdair Gray’s biographer, writes about Gray’s expectations: “[H]e knows I’ll want to do the thing properly, which will mean recording the unpleasant.”
  • “The alternative career fantasies of writers would make an interesting study: James Joyce dreaming of becoming the agent for Irish tweeds in Trieste, Thomas Mann musing that he would have made a good banker, Samuel Beckett contemplating a career as a pilot.” And James Lasdun trying his hand at organic farming.
  • It’s Book Week at Moistworks, an MP3 blog. Jonathan Lethem and Sam Lipsyte are participating.
  • The head of Duke University’s Center of Academic Integrity welcomes Plagiary, a new journal offering a cross-disciplinary study of plagiarism. He hopes it will be an antidote to “the kind of marketing culture of ‘if I can get it to sell, then I have done well.'” (Thanks, Kevin.)


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