1. I caught a TV news report about the Writer’s Guild of America writer’s strike. They showed a demonstration near Rockefeller Center in New York City where folks like Tina Fey were chanting this old chestnut:
“What do we want? More money!
When do we want it? Now!”
With all that writing talent, shouldn’t they have been able to come up with something better? (Note: this joke was written by Caryn.)
2. Rock ‘n’ Roll, the latest drama by Rosenkrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead playwright Tom Stoppard to open in New York, is about a Czech intellectual obsessed with music. According to the New York Times, the play also features a Pan-like character named “The Piper” based on Syd Barrett. Here’s more on the play from The Complete Review and The Guardian Unlimited.
3. Pan-like Beat poet Ira Cohen’s mylar-based artworks are being exhibited at the October Gallery in London.
4. I’ve recently asked why bloggers and literary critics so often evaluate writers and books (not to mention other bloggers and other critics) but so rarely comment upon the way books are produced, marketed and sold. Since this is something I feel strongly about, I’m going to try to call attention to other venues that do cover the publishing industry with a critical eye, like GalleyCat, which has been investigating the way editors interact with agents. Harper’s Magazine has published some very succinct statistics about book sales, noted at Conversational Reading. Four hundred and eighty-three … wow. Finally, if you like your vitriol straight up, Paul Toth’s video blog is titled “Drop F Bombs on the Publishing Industry: Revenge of the Corporate Guttersnipes Killing The Novel”. I guess F-bombs are better than H-bombs or A-bombs, but I still hope we can work out our differences peacefully.