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Seven Things You Probably Didn’t Learn in Publishing School

7. You will not be prepared. You probably felt pretty worldly and knowledgeable once you finished publishing school. You are privy to all kinds of information about how books are made, where they come from, and so on, that mere … Continue reading

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On Reading, Dreams, and Potentially Murderous Books

Here I go. Starting 2016 with some truth. Sometimes I’m surprised that I don’t have dreams that my books are trying to kill me. I wonder what that says about my psyche. It’s not exactly unfounded. My books are so … Continue reading

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The Rest of the Best: On the Tyranny of the Year-End List

Every year, with the insidious creep of snowfall, bitter cold and miscellaneous holiday brouhaha, comes the inescapable return of that familiar, opportunistic face that is the year-end best-of book lists. I am not immune to the prevailing optimism that these … Continue reading

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Another one Bites the Dust: Will “Netflix for Books” Ever Actually Happen?

The publishing news floating around the interwebs today concerns Oyster, the subscription e-book streaming service that was oh-so-hopefully referred to as “Nexflix for books.” After a mere two years of operation, the service is shutting down operations, with many of … Continue reading

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Reader’s Block: My Slow Recovery from an Insidious Illness

  It is somewhat debated whether writer’s block—an author’s inability to find the desire, inspiration or ability to write—is a real affliction or an imagined one. I’m not much of a writer, so I dare not weigh in too enthusiastically … Continue reading

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Dispatches from the Edge, or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Email

I have this ritual that has, for the past few months, proven to be about as inescapable and as unvarying as a CBS sitcom. Every morning, I stumble down the stairs, my face pinched into a mole-like expression which manages … Continue reading

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