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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
Jul 15, 2011 A Tip Becomes a Twitter Torrent

QUOTE: What appears to have happened is this: ESPN benched [Feldman] earlier this week, with pay, as it assessed the damage from excerpts from “Swing Your Sword,” the newly published book that Feldman collaborated on with Mike Leach, the ex-Texas Tech football coach.

New York Times
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 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.

Mar 21, 2010 Texts Without Context

QUOTE: a concern with how digital media are reshaping our political and social landscape, molding art and entertainment, even affecting the methodology of scholarship and research. They examine the consequences of the fragmentation of data that the Web produces, as news articles, novels and record albums are broken down into bits and bytes; the growing emphasis on immediacy and real-time responses; the rising tide of data and information that permeates our lives; and the emphasis that blogging and partisan political Web sites place on subjectivity.

New York Times
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
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
Jan 08, 2008 Not That There's Anything Wrong With That

QUOTE: Plagiarism isn't about copyrights, it's about dishonesty. It's about pretending someone else's ideas and work are your own, even if those ideas are paraphrased...[in her new book, Deceptively Delicious] Jessica Seinfeld, however, has done no such thing.

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)
Dec 02, 2007 Lives: Poetry of Protest

QUOTE: I didn’t know it at the time, but I was only one of hundreds of student protesters detained that day. Our demonstrations had exhausted the patience of the hard-liners in the regime, and the police had been let off the leash. “Downtown” meant a tiny cell in Evin prison, in North Tehran, and “a few questions” meant protracted torture.

New York Times
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
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
May 17, 2006 Discredited Somali Quits Dutch Politics: Advocate for Women Is Critic of Islam

QUOTE: Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a Somali woman who moved to the Netherlands, won a seat in the Dutch parliament and became one of Europe's best-known champions of immigrant and Muslim women's rights, said Tuesday she would give up her seat and leave the country because she is being stripped of citizenship for lying on an asylum application 14 years ago.

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?

Apr 10, 2004 Wrath Over a Hindu God: U.S. Scholars' Writings Draw Threats From Faithful

QUOTE: ...academics writing about Hinduism have encountered similar hostility, from tossed eggs to assaults to threats of extradition and prosecution in India.

Washington Post
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
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...