November is my PerShoStoWriMo

Rather than merely jumping on the NaNoWrimo IntNoWaMo bandwagon, or impotently griping about its drag on the business and art…

Archaic Definition of the Week

facinorous. Extremely wicked, infamous; grossly criminal.  The word, naturally, is accented on the sin. – Dictionary of Early English by…

Comfort and Violence

How’s this for some publishing juxtaposition? On Friday, Washington Post‘s sextegenarian, Pulitzer Prize-winning “Style” editor Henry Allen tackled a writer…

More Philip Roth Wrath

Ok, so maybe “wrath” is a strong word to describe JK Evanczuk’s five-point refutation of Roth’s assertion that the novel…

NaNoWriMo is NaNoWrongMo

I realize this is not going to be a popular sentiment on the eve of National Novel Writing Month, but…

Philip Roth is Philip WRONG

First, check out the Guardian’s piece on Philip Roth’s prediction that novel-reading will become a “cult” phenomenon within a quarter…

Turning Publishing Upside Down

An excellent survey of recent shifts in the publishing industry by Nathan Bransford raises the question: has “everything in publishing…

The Sky Goes Black

Having just dumped an impromptu mess into Nathan Bransford’s first paragraph contest, I was a bit humbled and very impressed…