Thursday, April 10, 2008

London

I'm flying to the UK tomorrow for meetings and the London Book Fair, so I don't expect to post regularly while I'm gone. In the meantime, check out Maya Reynolds' great analysis (Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3) of Bob Miller's new imprint at HarperCollins.

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Literary Love

Last week Rachel Donadio wrote about literary dealbreakers - when someone either misses a literary reference or makes one that is so misguided as to make clear that there is no potential for a relationship with that person. I thought it was a fascinating article, and so I embarked on a bit of introspection to see if it might apply to me and my relationships. It turns out it does, at least partially.

I do think that not reading is a character flaw. But in contrast to many of those Ms. Donadio interviewed in her article, in most cases I don't really care what people read. My only prejudice is that I have some trepidation about developing friendships with people who read stuff like Proust on the beach. In my opinion it means they don't know how to relax.

What do you think of literary dealbreakers?

Totally Unrelated Food Link

The Observer has a great article on Mark Ladner, the Clark Kent look-alike on Mario Batali's Iron Chef team. I've always been a fan of his, and it's nice to see him getting some coverage (though it's clear he'd rather stay in anonymity).

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Dear Anonymous Commentator

Dear Anonymous,

Thank you for your attempts to post rude and idiotic comments on my blog. I'm sorry that my rejection of your query has led you to this immature response. You're so brave to post anonymously too, and clearly very sharp for not realizing by now that I moderate my comments.

Sincerely,
Jonathan

What's Wrong with Pink?

Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez on Jane Smiley's rather strange dislike for the color of Jennifer Weiner's new book.

Pulitzer Prize

Here are the book-related winners of the Pulitzer Prize:
  • Fiction: The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz
  • History: What Hath God Wrought: The Transformation of America, 1815-1848 by Daniel Walker Howe
  • Biography: Eden's Outcasts: The Story of Louisa May Alcott and Her Father by John Matteson
  • Poetry: Time and Materials by Robert Hass and Failure by Philip Schultz
  • General Nonfiction: The Years of Extermination: Nazi Germany and the Jews, 1939-1945 by Saul Friedlander

Monday, April 7, 2008

Industry Sales

According to the Association of American Publishers, industry sales for 2007 were just under $25 billion dollars, an increase of about 3% from 2006.