Publishing in Week This Backwards
For those you out there who are fans of both the NBA and The Wire, Sam Rubenstein from SLAM Magazine has an awesome article comparing The Wire characters to NBA players. My favorites: Larry Brown as Valcheck and Kevin McHale as Rawls. Sam couldn’t decide on a Carcetti by press time, but after some back and forth we agreed that Carcetti is definitely Chris Webber.
Congratulations to Kate Christensen for winning the Pen/Faulkner award for THE GREAT MAN, and a belated congratulations to the winners of the National Book Critics Circle Awards.
The Wall Street Journal recently reported that Borders plans to reduce the number of books they carry in bookstores, and instead use the shelf space to face out more books. In the course of reading different reactions to this news I learned the astounding fact that the average Borders bookstore contains somewhere around 90,000 titles, while B&N may stock 150,000 or more. WOW. The Millions doesn’t love the idea, although they note that at stores where Borders has adopted this strategy sales increased 9%.
And finally, as reader Jim Schmidt pointed out, the Onion has a hilarious infographic on “Why Our Novel Was Rejected,” including “agent not in novel as promised.” The print edition has an extremely funny report on a three-month long novelist’s strike that no one noticed and which did not affect anybody whatsoever.
Have a great weekend!