When I truly fell in love with a writer I was in a beat up convertible 1970 VW Bug, primer gray, my sister’s boyfriend’s prize possession. It was the summer of 1978 and the writer was not a novelist, or a short story writer, or a poet. Not technically. Though his words resonated with more life and romance and tragedy and pain and moodiness than anything I’d ever read.
At this point the subscribers of The New Yorker are reading and enjoying the different stories which appear in the magazine from the well known 20 Under 40 list, that essentially (or so it seems) has defined a generation of writers, at least those recognized by The New Yorker.
We didn’t know the first thing about the publishing industry. But I thought books could use a little more design. Jonathan brought important things to the table like spelling and grammar, so it ended up being a good match. I sold my car, a ’68 Volvo, to fund the start up. And though I miss it, I have to say: it has been worth it.
You might think trade shows are dull, boring and tiresome, for me it’s a chance to see everything that’s about to come out, from publishers large and small. I love checking out the PGW or Norton booths, or even the cool shit at the Moleskine table, (I know, how many more of those writing notebooks do I need?) No matter how well versed you are in what’s about to publish, you will always find something you missed.
Earlier in the week, bestcollegesonline.com posted their 50 Best Blogs for Creative Writing Students, which included 3G1B. Now I know that that is about the spammiest sounding domain name I’ve seen in awhile – I mean it might not even make it through the comment filter on this site, but the list is interesting, well-organized and pretty comprehensive.
Which is worse, bad writers or poor judgement in blogging books? It’s almost a nonsensical question since everyone is entitled to their opinion no matter how inept their call. If many are fools when they blog an opinion, well, it’s their right…as fools. But since bloggers outnumber scriveners by at least a million to one, let’s give the writers a pass for now.