CRITICAL LINKING: January 18, 2011

Our daily round-up of bookish links. Tastes great with coffee.


“I think that’s what they’re trying to do–throw money around in an industry that doesn’t have any, until Amazon becomes not only the only place where you buy books, but the only place that publishes books, too.”

Amazon is squeezing damn hard. Who is next, authors? I wouldn’t be surprised.


“Most artists are brought to their vocation when their own nascent gifts are awakened by the work of a master. That is to say, most artists are converted to art by art itself. Finding one’s voice isn’t just an emptying and purifying oneself of the words of others but an adopting and embracing of filiations, communities, and discourses.”

Great essay, but influence and plagiarism are two different things.


“Given the challenges we’re facing in the trade this year, I am looking for extremely talented and committed non-fiction authors who already have a following for their work and know how to promote themselves without having unrealistic expectations.”

Translation: You gotta tweet for your supper.


“In addition to our calendar of readings and launch parties, from time to time we’ll bring you conversations with authors coming to town and with those in the community who organize these events and those who go to them.”




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