Being right ...

... is an awful burden that, as you know, I bear in humble silence.

See below, the entry "Why have any editors choosing books at all?" -- the one concerning Simon & Schuster developing an online contest called First Chapters for would-be novelists to win a publishing contract. In this world of me-too American Idol! promotional ballyhoo, I noted that "the publishing industry is playing catch-up, coming to the game late, long after the gimmick has gone lame ... after even Broadway has broadcast its audition-the-nobody-to-play-the-lead-in-Grease folderol."

Now comes a New York Post story that reports the Broadway-reality-publicity TV show, You're the One That I Want has been trashed by critics, theater insiders and even viewers. Ticket sales are not taking off.

January 17, 2007 10:33 AM |



Best of the Vault


Pat Barker, Frankenstein, Cass Sunstein on the internet, Samuel Johnson, Thrillers, Denis Johnson, Alan Furst, Caryl Phillips, Richard Flanagan, George Saunders, Michael Harvey, Larry McMurtry, Harry Potter and more ...


Big D between the sheets -- Dallas in fiction


Reviewing the state of reviewing


9/11 as a novel: Why?


How can critics say the things they do? And why does anyone pay attention? It's the issue of authority.

The disappearing book pages:  

Papers are cutting book coverage for little reason

Thrillers and Lists:  

Noir favorites, who makes the cut and why



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