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Tuesday, March 23, 2004

The morning's news 

Two years ago, a couple of aspiring writers founded a unique literary magazine, One Story, which publishes just that each issue. A single story, which pays the contributor $100 and 15 copies. The New York Times profiles this fledgling magazine.

Robert Birnbaum's new interview at Identity Theory is with Nathaniel Bellows, and it's most enjoyable as they discuss his writerly origins, his thoughts on the publishing world, and book reviewing.

Linton Weeks looks at what is still a hot-seller and hot button in the world of publishing: anything Clinton. Hillary's memoir did gangbuster business, and it looks like hubby Bill--whenever he gets his book done--will have similarly gargantuan sales.

Also at the Post is Chris Lehmann's review of a new book by Stanford law professor Lawrence Lessig about copyright and the way that it's being zealously protected by corporations.

And because, like a dork, I forgot to include the link, Patrick Anderson's review of Tom Cook's PERIL and Peter Craig's HOT PLASTIC can be found here. Also, Craig's PBO is included in the Oregonian's roundup of new releases. Craig was also interviewed last week in the Daily Iowan, as he was a graduate of the University of Iowa's writing program.

Manuel Ramos, the author of one of my favorite crime novels, MOONY'S ROAD TO HELL, has four earlier titles that are being reissued by Northwestern University Press. The first two are reviewed very favorably in the Philly Inquirer by Marietta Dunn.

Uh oh--another drum-beating for self-publishing, this time from Laura Vanderkam at USA TODAY. Yes, there are success stories but they are few and far between. And it still won't mean that the bookstores will stock the book or that distributors will carry it.

Speaking of university presses, Northeastern University has decided to scuttle its publishing arm, citing lack of revenue and high operation costs. Naturally, those at the university are shocked about the press's demise.

If you're a member of the Kipling society, you are in for a treat--the next issue will be out on April 7 with a newly discovered 6,000 word short story by the man who brought us KIM and Gunga Din.

On March 30, a charity auction benefiting the Medical Foundation for the Care of Victims of Torture will feature the opportunity to get your name in a book by one of 30 authors, including Sue Townsend, Philip Pullman, and Tracy Chevalier. Having seen one of these auctions at work, prepare to fork over some serious dough to be "Tuckerized"....

The Independent on Sunday examined the plight of the short story, looking at initiatives such as the Save Our Short Story Campaign which is doing its best to increase awareness and bring more funding to the table.

Ed is extremely impressed with Andrew Greer's THE CONFESSION OF MAX TIVOLI, as shown in his review for January Magazine this morning.

And finally, what does a smile say about you and your personality? A new book by Angus Trumble attempts to uncover the mystery of the smile and how people can sort out differences between genuine and fake ones. And smirkers, beware....

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