Part the One Hundred Tenth is now up, and may be read here.
Monthly Archives: January 2009
The latest off the coast of Somalia: There may soon be an agreement on holding trials for captured pirates.
This here if implemented will have a far greater impact than all the ships doing interdiction in the Indian Ocean. Even with vessels from the US, NATO, Russia, China, India and Japan providing protection (which one could consider a real ‘Coalition of the Willing’), without the means of applying justice to captured crews, there was no means to keep these buccaneers from returning to the Sweet Trade the minute they left custody. Only through taking them off the seas long term will this matter come under control.
And if you’re asking, “Why does this guy have pirates as the heroes in his novel, yet seem to want to see real life pirates brought to justice?” well, I’m ready to discuss the matter if asked…
The Washington Post is folding their stand-alone book review section into other parts of the paper. Seems we’re all going to have to go to word of mouth from now on, especially as Publishers Row is now realizing that ‘doing it for yourself’ is not anything to look down on…
Frankly, with books migrating to an online environment and become downloads, the loss of such outlets is inevitable. As the canon becomes more democratic, so too will the means of discussing books. I’m not sure the Web Fiction Guide or (the sadly late) Pages Unbound are going to displace the New York Times Sunday Book Review section anytime soon, although the recommendations given by Amazon could hasten its demise by the end of next decade.
What might have happened had John Updike been starting his career now, as opposed to ending it, one can only guess…
Part the One Hundred Ninth is now up, and may be read here.
I was refered to an article on TIME.com regarding modern publishing. The article had some interesting observations, albeit a bit behind the curve as is the wont of news magazines. Still, there were some interesting bits, offered here:
“Self-publishing has gone from being the last resort of the desperate and talentless to something more like out-of-town tryouts for theater or the farm system in baseball. It’s the last ripple of the Web 2.0 vibe finally washing up on publishing’s remote shores… We’ll see more novels doled out episodically, on the model of TV series or, for that matter, the serial novels of the 19th century. ”
Wow, imagine the time when THAT will happen…
Part the One Hundred Eighth is now up, and may be read here.
Part the One Hundred Seventh is now up, and may be read here.