This week's "Dog Ears" include a series of letters about using octupi for slave labor as well as a close examination of the limits of The New Yorker's fiction:
- Tor.com has an extremely entertaining series of fictional letters entitled, "Notes From an Emergency Meeting of the Institute for the Study of Cephalopod Progress." Read them, because they're hilarious.
- Check out Nathan Rabin's "Advice for Aspiring and First Time Authors Or, What I Learned About the Book Business in '09" at A.V. Club. It's depressing and, from what I know of the publishing industry, spot on.
- NPR's Lynn Neary writes about "How E-Books Will Change Reading And Writing," and while I think some of the changes he's anticipating will undoubtedly occur, I'm hoping it's long after I'm dead.
- There's an excellent article by Laura Clawson at Daily Kos entitled, "Romance Reader, Unashamed," which tackles some of the more widely-spread urban myths about romance as a genre and its readers as a group. Also worth reading are the comments below, which reveal a smart, erudite audience who--gasp!--read romance.
- Elizabeth Gilbert (author of Eat, Pray, Love) is on a Margaret Atwood-size media blitz promoting her new book, Committed. I think she's pulling a Kant here--writing her first book, then completely dismissing it and writing a book about the very opposite.
- The Millions dissects "New Yorker Fiction by the Numbers," and it's a little disheartening but not bad.