Scoop! Shocking GG
So, there I was at a swanky Brick
party at Michael Redhill's on Saturday night, hobnobbing with my
betters (Michael Ondaatje, Dennis Bock, Andre Alexis, Catherine Bush
(a closet ninja reader), Andrew Pyper, Michael Winter, Ken Babstock,
Kathryn Someoneorother, the list goes on -- but I won the door
prize), when I see Dennis Lee come in. Says I to myself, "Go
ask him why the hell his book wasn't submitted by Anansi for the GG."
If you've been following the discussion groups here on Bookninja,
you know we were outraged to discover some time back (when the
Governor General's Award poetry shortlist was announced and we were
shocked to find Lee not on it) that Dennis's
book UN, a shoo-in if ever there was one, wasn't even submitted
by House of Anansi for
consideration. Knowing Anansi as one of Canada's premier poetry
lists (maybe the top now that Ken Babstock is the new editor) and
Lee as a great guy who helps young writers, we assumed it had to
have been Lee's decision to withhold his book from competition,
perhaps in hopes of allowing others a chance at the brass ring. Not
so, said Lee. In fact, until Thursday, he had NO IDEA his book
hadn't been submitted. It looks like someone was asleep at the
switch at Anansi and what is perhaps the most daring book of poetry
published this year went completely UN-noticed. Are heads going to
roll? Probably not. Should they? (You
Amazon.ca Names Best of 2003
They agree with Bookninja on The
Haunted Hillbilly. (discuss)
Ah, the Man Who was Read Aloud at My Wedding...
A profile of one of my favourite poets, Yevgeny
Yevtushenko. (I wish I had some dude penetrating the masses with
my poems.) (discuss)
The Daemon King
Pullman profile. I read these books and they're actually quite
Get Your Sequel On
David Rees, creator of Get Your War On, has
got a new one out. (LOL from Bookslut) (discuss)
What's in a Name, Anyway?
These Australians need to be taught that only honourable thing
to do when two people share
the same name and occupation but have differing critical
viewpoints is to duel it out with flintlock pistols on a windy
The Next Harry Potter!
Tony Kushner and Maurice Sendak collaborate. I want to have some
kids right now just so I can mess
them up with this. (discuss)
I Recently Had a Job Interview Where I Didn't Understand a Word
People Were Saying to Me
to blame? Yes. Well, that and the fact that I didn't speak
Mandarin, despite what my resume said. (discuss)
Frightened Inner City Regina...ists? (ians? istas? ese?) Might Not
Find Requisite Fifty Copies of Life of Pi on Shelf if
Good writers use metaphors
and food analogies... And in other news, a quick look at my
atlas tells me Saskatoon isn't in the province of Winnipeg, nor
Regina, but rather some strange land called
"Saskatchewan." And they
have writers there. But seriously, folks: I love the West. After
Ontario, it's what's left on the map! (I just made that up!) (discuss)
Pete, Maybe You Could Get Me This For Christmas to Help with
Book on grammar and punctuation hits
Brit bestseller list. (discuss)
Aussie Police Take Student's Books
Because they thought
she was a terrorist. (discuss)
Newsflash: Journalists Don't Think of Themselves As
Don't worry boys and girls, no
one else does either. (The Washington Post might make you answer
a few questions to get in. You aren't going to Hell if you lie. God
wants you to lie to the Washington Post. Please lie. For the
"Someone decided a few years back that drinking for no
reason was bad, but drinking to support a friend was good"
Book Party - Washington's newest political farce. (See above.
Remember that God kills kittens when you don't lie to the Washington
Is there a
booster shot for writer's block? (discuss)
National Magazine Awards Dump Poetry
The poor cousin of the literature gets
the boot to make way for yet another business category.
(See John Degen's letter of protest
- two columns over.) (discuss)
To Think You'll Be
Able to Tell Your Grandchildren You Were Around for the Advent of
a bigger unit? (discuss)
Why Austin Sucks (Aside from Simply Being in Texas)
Jessa Crispin, everyone's favourite Bookslut, picks up where our
literary tour people bailed out, by providing a sort of anti-literary
tour of Austin, TX. (discuss)
"Allen Ginsberg started experiencing ecstatic religious
visions while masturbating"
Well, isn't that the
Literary Fight in Toronto!
As told by way of an
anecdote in a NY paper.** (discuss)
Winning the Lottery Is NOT a Mixed Blessing
Just give a
hundred poets a million dollars** each already. (discuss)
Death in Venice
of a short story. What's next? A what Alice Munroe Had for
Breakfast biopsy? (discuss)
Why Do We Review?
This is the question
the NY Times must ask itself. (discuss)
This Reminds Me of When Harlequin Gave Away Free Books After the
Berlin Wall Came Down
But, uh, different.
(LOL* MobyLives) (discuss)
Return of the King
Do you think the
picture accompanying this article is on Bloom's dartboard? (discuss)
Check out the right column, third
item down. (discuss)
Bad Sex Writing
Bad, But Not Nearly as Bad as Some of the Sex I've Had in the
Aniruddha Bahal gets
her motor running, heads out on the highway... (discuss)
Behind the Typeface: Cooper Black
A nice parody
of those Behind the Music bits for copy editors. Longish film
clip, but worth it. (LOL Boingboing) (discuss)
Itani brings Belleville to the forefront
of literature (as opposed to the forefront of Kingston). (discuss)
Lynne Truss Wants You
punctuation anarchy. (discuss)
Plimpton May Have Been Irreplaceable...
But someone's gotta
replace him. (discuss)
Ah, the American Christian Right: the Not-as-Violent-Anymore
Psychos of the Religious World... I Wish They'd Ban My Books
I could use
the sales. (discuss)
Maybe if We Appeal Directly to Her They'll Send Us Some Freakin
Phyllis Grann returns
to Random House. (discuss)
Nightwood Editions to Sign 11-Year-Old Brit Boy to Lifetime
Your Protest Pays Off!
According to an industry news letter, it looks like the NMAF may
reinstate the award for poetry after receiving many letters
and phone calls of protest! (discuss)
Regina Library News!
Thank God for cowardly mayors! The ancient
art of the flip-flop pays off! (Thanks to cub reporter Bryson
for the tip off.) (discuss)
The Part that's Missing at the End is About How They're Going to
Reform the GG's per Bookninja's Suggestion...
Canada Council is like a kid angling for gifts when his birthday
is six months away... (discuss)
I Think the Guerrilla Girls are Just Dreamy
But, then, I've always been a Dutch Boy. They have a
new book! (LOL* MobyLives) (discuss)
And in the Far Corner, Wearing the Blue Trunks... and the Big
To continue in the Fesbian Leminist vein, but on a branch out of
the pelvis instead of the brain, Tulchinsky has a
new book of erotica out. (discuss)
Which dictionary is
the best? The one that's closest to my desk and not covered in
coffee stains. (I think it's odd that some people own only one...
It's like having one pair of underwear.) (discuss)
The Pound Era
A N Wilson on Kenner's
new book. (discuss)
Yet to Most Men School Clothes are Sex Clothes... Hm...
like an editor,** there are worse role models (LOL* Bookslut). (discuss)
"About a dozen young men attending the ceremony wore black
suits, ties and hats - the apparel Kafka wore."
Apparently a certain reactionary US based "literary"
group was in attendance for this
latest Kafka erection. (discuss)
Okay I Am Linking to This in the Humour Spot Mostly Because of
How Poorly It's Written
seemed to be reading, seemingly from book she wrote
that appears to be about about rainbows and shoeless toes.
(PS when I used to take the train to New York, I always had to suppress
a giggle at the State's city names... the conductor would announce
"PooooKEEPSY!" and "SkaaaaNECTODY!" and "RaawCHESTER!")
Attack of the
Bug-Eyed Hermit Man from Chagrin Falls!
Bill Watterson. (discuss)
Do We Even Need the Apostrophe?
More on the
whole punctuation controversy stirred up by Lynne Truss. (discuss)
Just Add Water and You Have a Novel!
yes, also required are: talent, connections, a well-placed
sexual favour, a year of waiting anxiously, self doubt, denial,
alcoholism, a dash of time in a mental institution, estranged loved
ones, a mysterious fire in the basement, and two personalities! (discuss)
Copyright laws are killing
the creativity they purport to protect. (discuss)
But is His Book a Carpenter's Dream?
is to say, flat as a board and without knots (that one got away
from me). (discuss)
Won't Somebody Think of the Children!
The paintings of DH Lawrence get
a show... 70 years later. (discuss)
Ah, a Nude French Poet!
is about a filmmaker, but she cast a poet in the lead role.
(Have you ever noticed that every profile of a woman artist - esp
those written by men - always mention how the woman is attired?) (discuss)
Dale Peck on the Stepford Novel
even get him started on Joyce. (discuss)
The Dale Peck Roundup!
For your ranting ease, Collected Miscellany has collected
articles about Hatchet Man. (discuss)
Craft or Community? State Your Allegiances!
As a minority (redhead), I realize that I have a duty to further
the cause of my people everywhere. But I also know that we are each
and every one possessed by Satan and should be slaughtered for
pancreatic juices that bring mega bucks as aphrodisiacs sold on the
Asian black market - and that makes good writing! What should I do?
Ali gets told she should play nice in her own backyard.) (discuss)
What the Hey-Honka-What?
If you can even understand what this
legal battle between Barbara Taylor Bradford and some Indian TV
network is about, please... keep it to yourself. (discuss)
At 13 Pages, Who
the Hell Didn't Get On?
Well... us. The NYT releases its 2003
notable books list.** (discuss)
The Ninjas Keep on Killing
Part-time Ninja Jonathan Bennett gets
killer review in Toronto Star. (discuss)
How Can You Turn Your B-Grade Novel into an A-Grade?
When Award Winners Attack!
up for something comes back into style. (discuss)
Donation - the Word Libraries Love the Most
Who knew a guy known as Scarface could be so
damn nice? (discuss)
Eat Me First, Cthulu!
Chick meets H.P. Lovecraft (LOL Boingboing).* (discuss)
Well, that's what they'd call
it if he were alive. (discuss)
"There is an urgent need to bring about a revolution in the
overall aims and methods of academic inquiry, its whole character
and structure, so that it takes up its proper task of promoting
wisdom rather than just acquiring knowledge."
The author didn't have to go past this point. He
had me at Hello... (discuss)
"If thou do ill; the joy fades, not the pains: / If well;
the pain doth fade, the joy remains."
Wendy Cope on George
Don't They Understand Rumsfeld Is a Poet?
Bull awards. (discuss)
Makes Appearance at Nobel Awards Ceremony: the Winner!
in the time for the big cheque. Read
his address. And furthermore: I tell ya, these
kids today...oi! (discuss)
More Woes for the $100M Kids
a headache for a magazine that's supposed to be about art. (discuss)
And Whoever Cast Affleck in the Role was ALSO a Dick...
How did a hack scifi writer become an
inspirational font (LOL* ALDaily) for some of the best films? (Seriously, does anyone else think
Ben Affleck is the Kurt Russell of this century? I mean, if you ignore the fact that Russell never really gained any weight.)
Together at last: priceless comic
books and computers! Bhoy! Glavin! (discuss)
Cornell Woolrich'd be 100
he'd lived til last Thursday. The right bastard noir writer
responsible for many a Hitchcock is celebrated in Time. (discuss)
What Do Clive Cussler, Suzan-Lori Parks, and Tom Clancy Have in
They all volunteered what
books they'll be giving as gifts this joyous
holiday season to some Texas newspaper. (discuss)
The Whine Wrack
It never fails to surprise me, as I toodle about this glorious
contraption known as the WWWeb, how ridiculous some headlines can
be. Here's an example that, while not ridiculous on the surface,
just struck me as unbearable: "Poet
focuses on that link between past and present"... wow.
Bookninja is on hiatus until the weekend. I'm doing some
recog in Montreal for my other (read: paying) gig as an editor for Maisonneuve
Magazine -- if you get a chance you should definitely check it
out. It's what The Walrus promised to be but has so far failed to
achieve (i.e., it's not somnolent and poorly designed). So go
outside, get some sun on your pasty arms. And read
a book for Pete's sake.
Unfortunately for Canada, 1968 Hasn't Come Yet
the French.. Ooh la la! (discuss)
More Coetzee News
Well, if he's good
enough for Lynn Coady, then I'll grudgingly concede that he
might possess some merit after all. (discuss)
Ah, the Old "I'm Now a Crappy Author Please Don't Toss My
Lying Ass in Jail" Defence
worked for DBC Pierre... (discuss)
Hand Over the Goods, You Filthy Animals
Author asks break-in thieves to cough
up her novel in progress from the laptop they stole - AND the
tape of her little girl's fourth birthday party. (Back that work up,
The End of Beauty
Looking at Jorie Graham's look
at Modernism. (discuss)
A Kind of Primer on Comics
For those of you who have not yet succumb to the
geekly air lately hereabouts. (discuss)
Gwendolyn Brooks Timeline
I went to her memorial service in New York a couple weeks after
I arrived. You wouldn't have believed the number
and variety of people there. If you dislike Angelou on grounds
of merit, you should check out Brooks. (discuss)
New in OKD
to make you smile. (discuss)
Well, I'm back and I
have good news, and a real headache. Besides the drinking that
goes on there, did you know that even the stop signs smoke in
Quebec? I swear to god I saw a four month old baby with a menthol
pacifier. My clothes smell like an ashtray. I would burn them, but
I'm afraid to end up addicted to nicotine. I stayed out with the
other editors until 4 am. Do you know what that does to a man of my
advanced age? Neither do I, but it hurts. The last time I stayed out
until 4 am, I was 24 and I fell on my back in a pothole (and I do
mean POT-hole) and couldn't turn over. My friends, poets and
novelists every one, pointed and laughed.
You Mean I Could Have Been Driving a Utopian Turtletop?
and car companies meet. (discuss)
So Many Books Lost, Such Little Time
The New York Observer reviews A
Splendor of Letters. (discuss)
It Would Be Touching If It Wasn't So Petulant
of Stephen King's NBA speech. (LOL* Golden Rule Jones) (discuss)
I Miss Napster
of writers. (discuss)
Is Nick Hornby the Writer's Writer?
The Brits seem
to think so. (discuss)
Non-White Like Me
Diran Adebayo on "black
Atwood - the Opera!
The debate over who
speaks for Gen Y continues in the letters section of MobyLives.
"Shame on you, KATE WINSLET for not introducing me to
site is better
as a screenplay. (LOL* Cup of Chica) (discuss)
Calls Maisonneuve da Shiznit!
something to that effect. He calls the very classy limited gift
box set that we're doing - four issues, a subscription for six
more, a CD, and a bunch of Maisy gear - something "people will talk
about for years and perhaps judge, decades from now, as a sign of
literary vitality in 2003," which may be a bit excessive. I
would have just settled for "a good deal, considering,"
but we'll take it. (discuss)
Marchand Digs Solway
Which is a shame, because I've been liking
Marchand lately and it's beneath him to be taken in by a
ridiculous circus clown... (discuss)
Death wears a turtleneck and beret, and it's looking
for YOU! (discuss)
Tolkien Bests Austen with Devastating Suplex...
battle royale. Austen loses contest, top: sources.
More Best of 2003 Lists! Oh... Goodie!
"In our part of the world, the lines between fantasy,
invention, documentation and confession are not necessarily as
sharp, as they are in other places."
Israeli writers profiled in NYT.** (discuss)
Yevgeny Profiled, but Not by the KGB - the Times, They Are a
present from the NYT.** (discuss)
RIP: Fadwa Toukan
Renowned Palestinian poet dead
at 86. (discuss)
When Pulp Mysteries in the Hands of Grad Students Aren't Nerdy
The Internet to
the rescue! (discuss)
A "brilliant literary analysis and humanistic wisdom,
filtered through a biologically sympathetic sensibility"
All in a day's read
at Evolutionary Psychology. (LOL* ALDaily) (discuss)
Then Who Did It? Who who?
Ah, the old "an
owl ripped my friend's wife to shreds" defence. (discuss)
Come ON! She Can't
Even Spell PhD!
is the McDonald's of personality. Just like McD's can't leave a
single burrito, curry, or drip of goulash unsullied, but must
instead exploit and McSanitize each "ethnic novelty"
in order to cattle-prod some life back into its bored, drooling herd
of "customers," Madonna can't keep her bony hands
off a single stereotype of personality. Psychologists might call
this "overcompensation" for not having one herself. Addendum:
after all my railing, it turns out that this is a humour piece
written by a friend of Maud Newton's. But it looks SO REAL, and
couldn't you just see it happening? (discuss)
Book Parties Suffer from Funereal Disease
And apparently Sandra
Bernhardt (LOL* Maud Newton) suffers from Ican'twriteworthcrap
Did Peter Jackson Get LOTR Wrong?
The Scotsman on Tolkien's
Bestseller, With Occasional Brilliance
I seem to be the only person in the world who thinks Jonathan
Lethem's earlier work is more interesting than the
"literary" stuff that's made him famous. (discuss)
"Poetry shakes up our thoughts, calls upon a part of the
human character that is at home in the corporate world, and allows
us to look at old problems in new ways."
This guy might not be "The Man," but he's The
Man's Right Hand Man (thanks to KI Press for the link). P.S.
Saab's are Europe's Datsuns. (discuss)
New Yorker Fiction Issue
There's work by Saunders, Sedaris, and Erdrich here, among
others. I daresay
you might pick it up. (discuss)
Harold Bloom's Going On About the Classics Again
Apparently there's been no good writing since Shakespeare
and Cervantes. Would that include your own writing, dahling? (discuss)
The Punctuation Backlash Begins
The Guardian goes after Eats,
Shoots and Leaves. (discuss)
The Future is Canuck Cowboys!
Heinlein thought the
future should be patterned on Alberta. Luckily, that's a
future of the past. Yeehaw. (discuss)
Ding! Ding! Ding! And
'fans,'" said God, "here you go." (discuss)
may be stunt writing, it's never stunted."
My point exactly. Christian Bök is getting
the attention of New York. And as I've discussed with my good
pal Degen, it's for the better book - Crystallography.
"No one in the world suspects that at a moment's notice I
can become mighty Green Lantern - with my amazing power ring and
invincible green beam! Golly, what a feeling it is!"
Silver Age of Comics. (discuss)
McDonald's Hired a PR Firm to Find the Plural of Egg McMuffin
When anyone who's eaten more
than one (LOL* Aldaily) at a time can tell them it's "blaaapphff!"
But Something Tells Me This Isn't Going to Be Appearing in
Crapters Any Day Soon...
funds book of poetry. Satan comments on winter weather and dons
extra scarf. (discuss)
Merde ! Le Gros Enfant Mourra de Faim!
The Flemish government is cutting
subsidies to writers. (discuss)
CGI Orcs Duck and Run!
Okay, it's not really bookish, but it's still a fun piece. (LOL*
"Fan fiction is one of the greatest and most wildly
entertaining forms of copyright infringement this side of Kazaa"
I can see how this
would be fun, especially with some friends gathered round. Hell,
I used to do something similar with a slush pile. But I think this
dude was alone. There's a fine line between investigative journalism
and a slow decay into madness. (discuss)
Shameless Self Promotion
Regular ninja reader? Discussion board poster or lurker? Got a
reading or appearance you'd like to promote? Tell us. (Here)
What I Want is a
Book from that Crazy Press Secretary Dude Who Kept Claiming Iraq
Would Water the Desert with the Blood of the Infidels
In my darkest
fantasies (LOL* MobyLives) it would be called "Nothing Fell
Today but the Blood of Yankee Demons." (discuss)
And And And that Truck that Turns into a Robot And And And that
Guy with the Gun Bigger than His Arm And And And that "Al K.
Ida / G. Hadd" Chemistry Set that Includes Plutonium And And
Kevin Chong interviews
Santa Claus! (Oh yes, and the
fiction editor of the New Yorker, who was once Canadian or
something.) Santa Claus! (discuss)
B.C.'s new electronic
The Brain Alphabet
I don't really know what
to say about this, but I'm sure the poets will have something to
contribute. (LOL* Boingboing) (discuss)
What the Dickens!?
Dickens was the first rock star." (discuss)
Now That's a Curve Ball
is poet, serial killer novelist. (discuss)
Yeah, I was a headless fisherman who had bamboo stakes driven
up my ass to make a little extra cash, after which I was beaten to
death three times a day in Kosovo, just before I played bass in a
band of flesh-eating ghouls who impaled me on red-hot pokers just
outside of Abilene, where I dated an extremely ugly rodeo clown,
until she started shooting up greasepaint. Yeah, those were some
hairy days, man.
Saunders interviewed (LOL* MaudNewton) in an online New Yorker
When Old People Try to Write Pop Culture References...
I want to turn away from his shame, but I can't. This
could have been a funny piece. Who am I kidding. No it couldn't.
Hey you. We've been
dating for, what, four months now? Well, obviously it's getting
close to this month's Christian co-opted pagan holy day, and that
means we're going to have to take a break so Pete and I can go home
and get drunk and argue with our families. We'll post Hearsay this
weekend and into the beginning of next week before we let the dead
air and static snow take over for a few days. After that, we'll post
intermittently until after the new year, as breaks from motherly
guilt and subtle run-downs from Dad are required. So keep checking
back to see what fresh hell we are in! If I don't meet anyone else
over the holidays maybe we can hook back up in January. (Why is it I
feel as though I'm in a never-ending John Hughes film when I go
home? Shouldn't I have kissed my letter to Mr. Vernon by now?) Even
if I do... Please: don't you forget about me. I'll be alone, dancing
you know it baby.
Poetry in Canada a
So says George
Bowering, who also brings us the Canadian Poem of the Week page.
We've Been Singing the Praises of Maisonneuve a Lot Here at
Bookninja, But Let's Not Forget Geist Magazine
Where else can you find articles
on epigraphology or letters about "underducking"?
Mysterious Book May Be Hoax!
Well, really, aren't
all books hoaxes? (LOL*LISNews) (discuss)
Struggling with a Title for Your Next Book?
not alone. I am too. (discuss)
Poetry and the Critics
Given the discussions of poetry and criticism that have been
taking place on our boards, this
one seems appropriate. (discuss)
"Apertures and Orifices in Chaucer."
The Chronicle's First Annual Awards for Self-Consciously
Provocative MLA Paper Titles (LOL * Invisible Adjunct) (discuss)
Regina Library Task Force Formed
people is a task force in Regina, but still, there's hope for
saving the library. (discuss)
An academic speaks on deaf
language artists. (discuss)
U.S. Poetry Store May Be Forced to Close
There's a poetry store in the U.S.? Wait, there's
two poetry stores in the U.S.? (LOL*LISNews) (discuss)
Chip Kidd Can't Save You
Identity Theory interviews
the book designer. Again. (discuss)
Alan Moore Is Quitting Comics to Become a Magician
Like he isn't one
The Road of Romance
The Brits pave
roads with old Mills and Boons novels. (discuss)
aren't free of the rampant fraud on Ebay. Won't somebody think
of the children? (discuss)
The advertising people at the major houses want your hard earned
money, but they're willing to give
a little. (discuss)
Caught ya Knocking at My Cellar Door...
Love ya baby can
I have some more. (See, my favourite combination is "kneel
A charming remembrance of learning
poetry from Lowell (LOL* Bookslut) (discuss)
Selling Yourself Short
20,000 words. The
short book. Welcome to the ADD world, where all -- ooh look! A
The Ones that Got Away
I swear, these
books were THIS BIG! (discuss)
More Sylvia and Ted
of a book**that rejects some of the usual victim/victimizer
One Would Think He'd Never Want to See Another Book So Long as He
Globe Books editor Martin Levin wants
a few books for "Christmas..." (discuss)
Back on Monday with
the regular Hearsay. Missed you all over the holidays. Family gave
strange presents and ate uneatable food. The power of holiday
spirit. I'm so glad we get together to celebrate the birth of Santa
like this. Important news below.
RIP: John Newlove
Canadian giant laid
low just before Christmas. (discuss)
Well, here it is, the end of another month and The
Walrus is AWOL, AGAIN. Are they late? Are they on a break?
What is their schedule? No one seems to know. It's not in the
magazine (at least not easily found) and it's not on the
ridiculously out-of-date and error-ridden website (eg, on their
contact page: "ADVERTISERS:
Plese read Information for advertisers." Typo and broken
link... That's gotta inspire confidence.) The first issue somehow
made it to stands before those hoodwinked into subscribing by a
massive media blitz even saw it, the second issue was weeks late
with the excuse, "Hey, it's still November and we only said 10
issues a year." So, apparently, those other two months are to
be doled out in two and three week chunks as needed to cover for
inept editing and poor management. We'll see what happens come April
when they've used this "flex time" up and the excuses and
finger pointing start to get really amusing. It's bad enough the
magazine looks like a bad text book and that the articles are so
boring they seem to actually reach into you and squeeze your adrenal
glands shut, but on top of poor design and editing, the damn thing
is late three times in a row. I could excuse a few screw-ups from a
magazine that was working its way up from a grassroots following to
a monthly publication, but these guys have sold the Canadian public
(and some big American writers) on their cash, reliability, and
editorial "vision." Did that vision include bored readers
and late issues? Probably not. As of 10:30 this morning, no one was
answering the phone there. 10:30 on a Monday when there are millions
of dollars in the pot! This magazine is supposed to be
Canada's answer to American juggernauts like Harper's and The New
Yorker, but despite it's $5 million kitty, it actually is more
closely related to another American institution: Mickey
Mouse. Ask yourself a serious question: why has no one written
about this in the mainstream media? $2.50 a word, that's why. So
much for the integrity of journalism. (discuss)
Is the Apocalypse Upon Us?
Good Reports presents a panel
review of 2003 with special emphasis on literary blogging. (discuss)
Hooch and the Muse
A link between writers
and booze? Groundbreaking! (discuss)
Some Ivanhoes Choose Their Daddios
freaking point** being made here again? (discuss)
I Could Use Some Help With My Next Pic...
The one Pete took of me for my second book gave me my favourite
book-signing quote: "You
look so much younger in person than on your book." (discuss)
RIP: Juan Garcia Ponce
Mexican novelist dead
at 71. (discuss)
"He was at war with conventional ways of seeing, with the
entire baggage and build-up of civilization that blocked the eye and
thwarted the nerve"
That pretty much sums up Ted
Only in America
A teenager and his recluse family strike it big with a fantasy
bestseller. I want to be bitter and cynical about this, but ah hell, good for them.
The Courts Really Need to Decide on This Balrog Issue
student considers The Lord of the Rings. (LOL* Boingboing) (discuss)
Does the Canada Council Really Help Writers?
interview with the Canada Council (Note: It's from 2002, but
it's still interesting.) (discuss)
Badges? We Don't Need No Stinkin' Badges
Yet another Brit turns
down an award. (discuss)
art of bookbinding lives on. (LOL* Confessions of an
Idiosyncratic Mind) (discuss)
The Big Page of Awards
essay (LOL* Bookslut) on book awards, including some insight into speculative awards (Hugo, Nebula,
Stoker). Also of interest: "An American Feast: Giving Thanks for Hillbilly
Two-timing Tartar Twisters!
What's your favourite
Captain Haddock curse? (LOL* Kitabkhana) (discuss)
Into the Tea Leaves
Star's book critic looks at what
2003 means. (discuss)
The Writers are Falling in Line... Now if They Could Just Get It
Out on Time and Hire Good Editors
Writers from all over are drawn
to The Walrus by it's track record of success and cutting edge
editorial vision over two stunning issues. (Dear Sirs, I have no
idea who you are, but I want a job
writing for $2.50/word.) (discuss)
Death of the Critic
Die! Die! Die! You freakish theory-headed
"Black People's CNN"
Useful Hip-Hop primer for those interested in this
growing field... (I just can't believe they don't mention UTFO!)
Poet from Edo
statue profiled in what is apparently a very slow news week in
First Books on Grammar and Dictionaries, Now a Book on the
Can things get any
The Year in Awards
the Star. (discuss)
Enter the World of Graham Roumieu
Canadian artist with occasional book-related pics. Funny
Funny bit on those ULA
losers (LOL* MaudNewton). (discuss)
Writers' Craft Award Cancelled?
Every year our shadowy spies collect at a secret location
outside Geneva to exchange gossip and watch Kurosawa
films. This year an interesting bit of information surfaced that
we can't confirm. It seems the Upper Canada Brewing Company has
cancelled it's popular and successful Writers' Craft award for short
fiction. The website still lists
the award and there is no press release documenting this
potentially disastrous decision. More info to follow as we have it.
I'll take a drive over tomorrow and pound on the door. (discuss)
Ninja colleague and literary philanthropist Alex Good releases
his annual, and hysterical, Puffie
Award list. (discuss)
It's Just Gotta Be Harder for Fantasy Novelists to Turn Down
Pullman, CBE. (discuss)
Good Thing They Weren't the Books from that Box in the Back of
His Closet at His Parents' House....
under mountain of books rescued. (discuss)
France Lifts Ban on Book Advertising on TV... Yes, They Had
Banned Book Advertising on TV... Yes, Someone Wants to Advertise a
Book on TV... Yes, I'm Moving Too...
Canada has a
similar law, but it's recently been declared redundant in the
face of publisher poverty and reader apathy... (LOL* Bookslut) (discuss)
We Are English. Resistance Is Futile
many new words are added to English each year? And are they
really new? (LOL* Languagehat) (discuss)
Newsflash! Kids' Books Apparently Fun
At least for the
first line. (discuss)
The French Have a Word for Everything
A Better Newlove Obit
more than a death announcement. And something that mentioned the
Book Carrying Monsters!
FBI is warning that terrorists often
carry almanacs and maps. Maybe "terrorists" is a typo
of "tourists." (discuss)