First, before we get to this week’s news and notes, the Sherlock Holmeses of the blogosphere might have noticed that I added labels to all of my previous blog posts, so if you want to, say, see posts about “query letters” or you want to easily see “query critiques” you’ll be able to do that. And of course, this blog being what it is, I also included labels for “America’s Next Top Model,” “Cormac McCarthy,” “monkeys” and “The Hills.” Which is kind of embarassing, really, especially since I ended up tagging posts with “The Hills”, um, 23 times.
Annnnnnnnd speaking of The Hills, Spencer gave an extremely hilarious interview with People where he 1) stated he wants to be a billionaire by 30 (I think should patent his homeboy phone), 2) called Heidi “an angel, and 3) says it’s cooler to be him than Orlando Bloom because Orlando is just famous for “being some pirate.” Words. They desert me. Speechless.
Meanwhile, in book-related news, Christopher Hitchens wrote an article in Slate in praise of the Nobel Prize committee’s choice of Doris Lessing, marking the first time Mr. Hitchens has agreed with something in over 25 years.
And in other huge award news, the Man Booker prize went to dark horse THE GATHERING by Anne Enright, which is described as “exhiliratingly bleak.” And haven’t you heard?? “Exhiliratingly bleak” is the new “uplifting and inspiring.” Hooray for 2007!! We’re all going to die.
Via Shelf Awareness, ABC News has a somewhat hilarious article on the most-stolen books at the Frankfurt Book Fair. I guess if your book is stolen it means more people will buy it. Assuming they haven’t already stolen it. Wait, I’m confused.
And finally, Jonathan Lyons has some fantastically indispensible advice if you hope to get anywhere in publishing: BE NICE TO ASSISTANTS. Whatever you do, do not be rude to them, do not call them secretaries, and do not make fun of them for being underpaid. Unless you want your manuscript to end up in the special slush pile called the “trash can.”
Have a great weekend!