Welcome to my newest feature, "Wednesday Dog Ears," which will feature the mildly entertaining tidbits I've gathered and don't actually care to write about to any great length. This week's dog ears include Palin's newest attempt to make herself culturally relevant, an employer's guide to managing writers in the workplace, and more:
Sarah Palin has "a gift for prose," which will be showcased in her upcoming book, Going Rogue: An American Life. As April Fool's Day is a good seven months away, my hope for the future of humanity has taken yet another beating.
Arthur Krystal wrote a somewhat interesting article for the Sunday New York Times, "When Writers Speak" which I'm only posting here to validate the many times I've pulled the ol' "open mouth, insert foot."
Mackenzie Phillips just released a tell-all book, High on Arrival, which reveals, in true I-need-money-and-will-sell-to-the-highest-bidder-no-matter-what-humiliation-comes-of-it, that she had consensual sex with her father, John Phillips of the Mamas and the Papas. It's been hot news ever since, which means my hope for the future of mankind is virtually non-existent.
An Edward Gorey documentary is currently in post-production. (Slightly off-topic, there's a wonderful card game called Gloom, which is "produced in the etching style of Edward Gorey." You should check it out.)
"Writers are excessively grateful—for a while. Particularly in the first few weeks and months after being hired, a writer will be almost inordinately appreciative to have a job. [...] Primarily, however, this gratitude relates to having an income once again, at last—not to mention a dental plan, vision insurance, and the opportunity to buy orthotics."
"Writers lack corporate ambition. All real writers prefer the less-responsible position to the corporate climb, the part-time position to the full-time job. Their inability to be persuaded or influenced by—or punished through the withholding of—the kinds of economic rewards that are highly effective with other employees, can help to identify a writer, and also presents additional administrative challenges."