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July 24th, 2009 • Posted in Authors and Books

Virginia Woolf on Writing and Architecting

Diary entry for April 28, 1935:

"All desire to practice the art of a writer has completely left me. I cannot imagine what it would be like: that is, more accurately, I cannot curve my mind to the line of a book: no, nor of an article. Its not the writing but the architecting that strains. If I write this paragraph, then there is the next & then the next. But after a months holiday I shall be as tough & springy as – say heather root; & the arches and the domes will spring into the air as firm as steel & light as cloud – but all these words miss the mark. ‘

from The Faber Book of Diaries, edited by Simon Bret. (1987)

July 24th, 2009 • Posted in Nigel Beale Bookstore Photos

Book Shop Photos of the Week

On the road to Ithaca, N.Y.

Before you get to The Phoenix

July 24th, 2009 • Posted in Authors and Books

Blogosphere demonized by mainstream Media

This from Kathy English, Public Editor of The Toronto Star, from the paper’s lead editorial Saturday July 18, 2009:

"Most of what I read simply reinforced my view that blogs produced by professional journalists working under the brand banner of a "mainstream" news organization such as the Star must aspire to far higher standards than what’s emerging elsewhere in the blogosphere…A news organization’s credibility depends on its commitment to truth, accuracy and fairness. Though all media now face the rapid and radical evolution from print to digital, those ethical and professional principles are the gold standard of journalism."

And from the paper’s publisher John Cruickshank:

"What we’re discovering is that as we try to broaden our online audience beyond the subculture that writes and reads by its own set of rules, the new readers expect us to adhere to the same ethical and professional code as we do in print.

July 24th, 2009 • Posted in Authors and Books

Martin Amis on The Pregnant Widow

Interview with Martin Amis by Toby Muse of Prospect magazine on The Pregnant Widow (title derived from a quote by Russian thinker Alexander Her(not His) zen, about revolution, which, he says, though bracing, leaves us with not a birth, not a newborn child but a pregnant widow). The novel, set in 1970, tries to figure out the sexual revolution.  Long nights of chaos and desolation, with feminism now, still only about half way through its second trimester.

Interesting to note how, as time passes, Martin grows to look more and more like Kingsley.