And for this perfect immortality, what prices have been paid? How many livers, lungs, and veins? Shredded, polluted, shot? How many children deserted, family secrets betrayed, sordid trysts laid out for the strangers to see? How many wives and husbands shoved to the side? How many ovens scorched with our hair? Gun barrels slid between our lips? Bathtubs slowly reddened by our blood and twisting rivers that drowned us? How many flawed pages burned in disgust and reduced to ashes? How many flawless moments observed for just a slight distance so that, later, we might reduce them to words? All with an unspoken prayer that these hard-won truths might outlast the brief years of our lies.
The Unchangeable Spots of Leopards by Krisopher Jansma (via kelseycritiques)
Writing is like driving at night in the fog. You can only see as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.
A random compilation of writers, living and dead, and who they read.
Society at large may not recognize it, but every morning when you go to your writing desks you’re up against not the Yankees but the literary tradition, two thousand years of great works to admire, learn from, compete against, and, hopefully, expand. It’s no small task you’ve set yourself. Don’t let anybody tell you different.
[T]he narrative that Amazon wants you to believe—that publishers make books more expensive than they need to be and keep authors from making money—is a lie.
A world where everyone self publishes will mean fewer authors making a living and fewer books that reach their full potential as art. Period.
On the socially-inept and naturally distant nature of writers in a family. I found it really interesting, and kind of sad, how much sense this made to me.
The retailer’s growing list of critics, however, argue that Amazon has $48 billion in revenue but hardly any profit, proof that its approach is opportunistic and unsustainable. When traditional publishers, booksellers and wholesalers are destroyed, these opponents say, Amazon will be left with a monopoly that will be detrimental to the larger health of the culture.
This article sums up the problem with Amazon really well. Also, kudos to EDC for dropping them!
Really interesting article on the way books are gender-coded, and the way “Women’s Fiction” is treated.
Very intriguing read! I absolutely agree on the way that we read (or don’t read) women the way we do men, but it’s particularly disturbing how firmly rooted that prejudice lies. Especially relevant for an aspiring female writer meself!
(Source: sesquedoodle, via iliketoread)