While the business of publishing was off attending to business in Frankfurt, Jenny Diski had a few words to say about it: “In the world of books as well as everywhere else, capitalism has triumphed. And don’t believe what they say about all worthwhile writers seeing the light of day. People who are not deeply concerned with good writing don’t necessarily recognise it, or simply reject it as unsellable. They’re looking for something else. And that’s what they find, and what readers get.”
Mark Sarvas translates a Le Monde interview with agent Andrew Wylie.
Emily Gordon attends Zadie Smith’s lecture on Jane Austen.
A new biography delves into the doomed friendship of Wordsworth and Coleridge. “[Wordsworth] was also, so Coleridge believed, a good enough bard to take on the job he had until now set aside for himself: to produce a long, philosophical poem which would do nothing less than change the world. Wordsworth, who struggled to achieve this aim for the rest of his life, was flattered and the impossible terms of the friendship were set.”
Which writer’s works do you hunt down fanatically, even though everyone else is mystified by your devotion?