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Apr 07, 2013 The Slow Death of the American Author

QUOTE: The value of copyrights is being quickly depreciated, a crisis that hits hardest not best-selling authors like me, who have benefited from most of the recent changes in bookselling, but new and so-called midlist writers....Many people would say such changes are simply in the nature of markets, and see no problem if authors are left to write purely for the love of the game. But what sort of society would that be?

New York Times
Dec 28, 2012 Creativity Springs From Careful Copying (Part 2)

QUOTE: Record companies, book publishers, movie studios and other media corporations are caught up in efforts to equate all copying of their works with theft. In fact, if we genuinely want to promote creativity, we must encourage copying. The idea that people copy because they lack creativity is powerfully harmful, and it runs counter to the history of copyright.

Bloomberg News
Aug 04, 2012 Against Enthusiasm: The epidemic of niceness in online book culture.

QUOTE: The problem with Liking is that it’s a critical dead-end, a conversation nonstarter. It’s opinion without evidence—or, really, posture without opinion....A better literary culture would be one that's not so dependent on personal esteem and mutual reinforcement. It would not treat offense or disagreement as toxic.

Mar 18, 2012 Apple and the Daisey affair

QUOTE: The show, which cast a harsh light on the working conditions in the Chinese factories....We now know, thanks to follow-up reporting by Rob Schmitz at American Public Media's Marketplace, that Daisey's monologue -- as he reluctantly admits -- was a piece of theater, not a factual report.

CNN (Cable News Network)
Apr 19, 2011 Dangerous Arts

QUOTE: It is the world’s artists, particularly those courageous enough to stand up against authoritarianism, for whom we need to be concerned, and for whose safety we must fight. Not all writers or artists seek or ably perform a public role, and those who do risk obloquy and derision, even in free societies.

New York Times
Apr 29, 2010 The Jewish Question: British Anti-Semitism

QUOTE: [Anthony Julius] is a truth-teller, and authentic enough to stand against the English literary and academic establishment, which essentially opposes the right of the state of Israel to exist, while indulging in the humbuggery that its anti-Zionism is not anti-Semitism.

New York Times
Apr 25, 2010 Random House Cedes Some Digital Rights to Styron Heirs

QUOTE: After publicly staking a claim to the right to publish electronic versions of books that already have a long history in print, Random House appears to be letting go of digital rights to several works by one prominent author without a fight, potentially opening the way for other authors to take their e-books away from traditional publishers.

New York Times
Apr 08, 2010 Copyright and wrong: Why the rules on copyright need to return to their roots

QUOTE: The notion that lengthening copyright increases creativity is questionable, however. Authors and artists do not generally consult the statute books before deciding whether or not to pick up pen or paintbrush.

Dec 31, 2008 Commentary: Holocaust love story an insult to the survivors

QUOTE: We doubters could not, however, initially overcome the power of Oprah, on whose show Rosenblat and his wife appeared twice. Credulous reporters, who should have sought some form of verification, kept writing about this "miraculous" event. The producer who acquired movie rights tried to intimidate those of us who raised questions.

CNN (Cable News Network)
Dec 28, 2008 Bargain Hunting for Books, and Feeling Sheepish About It

QUOTE: a worldwide network of amateurs who sell books from their homes....One consequence has been to change the calculations involved in buying a book. Given the price, do I really want to read this? Now it’s become both an economic and a moral issue? How much do I want to pay, and where do I want that money to go? To my local community via a bookstore? To the publisher? To the author?

New York Times
Oct 23, 2008 Woman Arrested After Killing Virtual Ex-Husband

QUOTE: arrested on suspicion of hacking into the game where she killed her once-virtual husband, authorities said.

May 13, 2008 When Literary and Prosecutorial License Collide

QUOTE: Prosecutors who draw on their professional experiences to write novels and assist screenwriters can breathe a little easier after a pair of rulings issued on Monday by the California Supreme Court. One decision reversed an appeals court ruling disqualifying a prosecutor who had provided filmmakers with his files in a pending case. The other reversed a similar ruling against a prosecutor who had written a novel whose plot bore similarities to a second pending case.

New York Times
Apr 04, 2008 New HarperCollins Unit to Try to Cut Writer Advances

QUOTE: HarperCollins Publishers is forming a new publishing group that will substitute profit-sharing with authors for cash advances and will try to eliminate the costly practice of allowing booksellers to return unsold copies.

New York Times
Mar 05, 2008 True or False: Book Publishers Can Avoid the Agony of Deceit

QUOTE: The humble art of fact checking means precisely what its name implies. At the better grade of magazine, poorly remunerated employees are charged with the task of ascertaining that the articles the magazine plans to publish are true. It's a tough job, but in book publishing, no one has to do it.

Washington Post
Feb 09, 2008 A Tight Grip Can Choke Creativity

QUOTE: [Rowling] is essentially claiming one else can use [her characters] without her permission....copyright holders have tried to impose rules on the rest of us — through threats and litigation — that were never intended to be part of copyright law...

New York Times
Jan 15, 2008 Book Smarts Lacking On Gender Equality

QUOTE: [The Dangerous Book for Boys and The Daring Book for Girls] also serve as a reminder that we still haven't figured out what gender equality means or how to prepare kids to live it in the world they will assume.

Washington Post
Dec 04, 2007 Critical Condition

QUOTE: Faint Praise begins. "They have been frustrating people ever since.... For two centuries reviews have been lambasted by critics, often reviewers themselves, who have complained that reviews are profligate in their praise, hostile in their criticism, cravenly noncommittal, biased, inaccurate, illiterate, or dull. Generally, the argument runs, American reviewing has never been worse." Pool cites a well-known essay by Elizabeth Hardwick published in Harper's in 1959 titled "The Decline of Book Reviewing," which read like a requiem then; and yet here we are, almost a half-century later, still crabbing and singing the same old blues.

New Republic, The (TNR)
Nov 11, 2007 Faking It

QUOTE: It seems hard to believe that a book called “How to Talk About Books You Haven’t Read” would hit the best-seller lists in France, where books are still regarded as sacred objects....emphasizes the reader’s role in creating meaning. He wants to show us how much we lie about the way we read, to ourselves as well as to others, and to assuage our guilt about the way we actually read and talk about books.

New York Times
Nov 08, 2007 Congratulations on the Book Award, and Welcome to the Scrutiny

QUOTE: In the essay Ms. Enright tried to work through a cacophony of complicated emotions toward the girl’s parents, including reluctant voyeurism, distaste and pity. But newspapers here and in Britain picked out a sentence in which Ms. Enright said that she “disliked the McCanns earlier than most people” and ignored what she wrote afterward: that she was ashamed of the impulse and, in the end, rejected it.

New York Times
Oct 20, 2007 Strict Visa Regulations Discourage Visiting Artists: Post-9/11 Process Adds Costs and Red Tape

QUOTE: To perform in this country, foreign artists of all stripes -- punk rockers, ballet dancers, folk musicians, acrobats -- are funneled through a one-size-fits-all "nonimmigrant" visa process whose costs and complications have become prohibitive, according to booking agents, managers and presenters, such as the Kennedy Center, who program and market the performers.

Washington Post
Oct 17, 2007 The Real Carver: Expansive or Minimal?

QUOTE: Amanda Urban, the agent for Carver’s literary estate, said she had previously spoken with Knopf about publishing the restored stories. Knopf declined and wrote Ms. Urban and Ms. Gallagher, telling them that if they tried to publish with another house, Knopf would consider it an illegal, competitive edition.

New York Times
Jul 30, 2007 Oprah vs. James Frey: The Sequel

QUOTE: Musing on what truth is within the context of a memoir, Oates seemed to be questioning how Winfrey could pass judgment on the literary worth of an individual's own truth. But in the Texas heartland, where many consider truth a constant and not a variable, not everyone agreed.

Time Magazine
Jul 08, 2007 Summer Reading Title Prompts Resistance From Parents, Not Students (The Island)

QUOTE: Commack High School thought it was doing incoming sophomores a favor by adding “The Perks of Being a Wallflower,” a slender and popular $14 paperback, to its summer reading list .... Now “Perks” has been attacked as overly graphic — make that pornographic — by the parents of some Commack 10th graders.

New York Times
May 15, 2007 Author Protests 'Cyber-Stalker'

QUOTE: The best-selling crime author has filed a federal lawsuit against a lesser-known Virginia author, asking the court to force him to stop writing "defamatory and contemptuous" material about her on the Internet, including calling her racist and claiming she stole part of his novel.

Washington Post
Jan 07, 2007 Plagiarism: Everybody Into the Pool

QUOTE: The Little Book of Plagiarism appears to be original. It’s a useful and remarkably concise overview of the subject, and is in almost every respect a typically Posnerian production: smart, lucid, a little self-satisfied and tilting noticeably toward the economic-analysis end of legal theory.

New York Times
Jan 07, 2007 STAGE MOTHER (The Ethicist)

QUOTE: (1) Most playwrights license their work to be performed only as written -- no cuts, no "improvements".... (2) If you act openly and honestly with both departments, there's no ethical bar to your donning a uniform in one state while collecting a disability pension from another if the law permits.

Oct 28, 2006 Allen Blasts Webb Novels For Sex Scenes: Veteran Says Works Reflect Trauma of War

QUOTE: With 10 days remaining before Election Day, the allegations about sex-laced passages in Webb's writings inject a new question into a campaign that has centered almost exclusively on character issues: Should the author of a fictional work who runs for office be personally held to account for the scenes in his books?

Washington Post
Sep 13, 2006 History by miniseries: Too fast, too loose? ABC's 'Path to 9/11' ignited a furor over political meddling – and how it will play in an election season.

QUOTE: The controversy over "Path" boiled over even before its première Sunday. Several officials in the Clinton administration publicly complained that the dramatization distorted their actions to track down Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.

Christian Science Monitor
Jun 19, 2006 The Injustice Collector: Is James Joyce’s grandson suppressing scholarship?

QUOTE: [Stephen Joyce's] primary motive has been to put a halt to work that, in his view, either violates his family’s privacy or exceeds the bounds of reputable scholarship. The two-decade-long effort has also been an exercise in power—an attempt to establish his own centrality in regard to anything involving his grandfather. If you want to write about James Joyce and plan to quote more than a few short passages, you need Stephen’s consent....Most prickly literary estates are interested in suppressing unflattering or intrusive information, but no one combines tolltaker, brand enforcer, and arbiter of taste as relentlessly as Stephen does....Joyceans find it especially galling that the estate representing one of the most censored writers of his day—“Ulysses” was banned in America until 1934—has itself become a censor....Yet, for the first time, a Joycean is fighting to free herself from Stephen’s control.

New Yorker
Dec 17, 2005 Turkish Court Delays Trial of Author: Free Speech Case May Complicate Effort to Join E.U.

QUOTE: Acclaimed Turkish novelist Orhan Pamuk appeared briefly in a courtroom Friday to face a charge of insulting the country that he has built an international reputation trying to explain.

Washington Post
Feb 16, 2005 Are Bullies After Our Culture?

QUOTE: Should the Girl Scouts have to fork over a fee to the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers every time its young members want to sing "Happy Birthday" to one another?

Mar 14, 2004 Authors admit faking blurbs on 'dire' books

QUOTE: British authors mislead readers by writing favourable endorsements for the covers of other people's novels when they have not read the book - or even dislike its content.

Daily Telegraph
May 12, 2003 Braziller Brings Controversial Novel to U.S.

QUOTE: Rabbi Abraham Cooper, the associate dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, one of the groups that spearheaded the fight against the book in France, said that he and the organization would try to organize massive protest against an American edition of the book.

Publishers Weekly
Apr 27, 2003 Orange sisterhood

QUOTE: … women are not a minority group and good writing transcends boundaries of gender, therefore to treat women writers as belonging to a separate category serves to perpetuate divisions rather than address and erase them. The notion of a literary prize exclusively for white writers or, indeed, for men, is untenable …

Jan 30, 2003 With Antiwar Poetry Set, Mrs. Bush Postpones Event

QUOTE: Laura Bush has postponed a White House symposium on the works of Emily Dickinson, Langston Hughes and Walt Whitman after some of the poets invited said they hoped to use the event to protest American military action in Iraq.

New York Times
Oct 30, 2000 Is Nothing Sacred?: It Turns Out That Reading Aloud to Your Child is a Violent Act.

QUOTE: ...a professor at the University of Southern California, who revealed the terrorism inherent in reading to children...insisted that teaching kids to read initiates them into the patriarchal construct of the family unit and society...