November 8, 2006KR BlogUncategorized

Short Takes

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The literary rat.

I have no qualifications to write this book; that’s why I’ve got someone else to do it for me. But let me share my insights anyway.

Check books out of the library instead of buying them. . . . New releases of hard-cover novels cost $25 and more these days. If you buy just two a month, that’s $600 a year.

He comes to us quite by accident… really. His van broke down just outside Toledo. (Thanks, Ted)
Publishers who once talked enthusiastically and earnestly about their latest literary discovery, are now busying themselves with autobiographies of footballers.

She sold books in Hollywood to Mick Jagger, Joni Mitchell, Ana??s Nin and Tom Brokaw. She worked as a publisher in the Bay Area with Annie Leibovitz, Jann Wenner and Hunter S. Thompson. She’s been an author’s escort, ferrying Jonathan Franzen, Joe Eszterhas, Maxine Hong Kingston and other writers around Los Angeles as part of their book tours.

When it comes to London, there are times when you long for the lurid clarity of a Hogarth print, only to get the ambiguous tangents of a beat poet.

“A hat-band made of the sting-ray”, reads a typical entry in the catalogue of the cabinet of curiosities collected by the Tradescants, father and son, in the mid 17th century.

Writing advice: first of all, don’t listen to other writers (via Books Inq).