I recently read a nonfiction book detailing the lives of ordinary people living in extreme poverty abroad. The book has enjoyed great commercial success in the United States. The author no doubt received an advance and funding to spend time following these people’s lives. My question is this: Is she ethically obligated to share her profits with the people whose stories have made this book what it is?
Really good response from Chuck Klosterman to this well-meaning, but short-sighted question.
I had come looking for the Oxford, described more than a century ago, in Alice’s Adventure Underground, later known as Alice in Wonderland, or the Oxford described in the mysteries I read and see on television. We did find Alice’s Oxford as well as Inspector Morse’s Oxford and the Oxford of other literary giants, prime ministers and presidents. We just had to follow the clues hidden in the stories, in the buildings and gardens, and on those teeming streets.
Nice little tour of literary Oxford.
The great thing about being a writer in the year 2013 is that there exists no one path to success. But each writer has to find the path that works for her — we all have our tunnel in the mountain, our path through the jungle, our needle to thread.
It’s a more interesting literary world, but that by no means that it’s any easier to make it as a writer.