Recommended: Scott Samuelson’s recent piece in The Atlantic, “Why I Teach Plato to Plumbers” (Thanks to fellow writer Matthew Graybosch for sending me the link.) The humanities do matter to real people. Profoundly. Samuelson writes about teaching philosophy to students experiencing personal tragedy: A mother who’d authorized for her crippled son a risky surgery that […]
Matter Notes: A lawyer's private notes on a legal matter; considered inviolate and nondisclosable. By metaphor and game, my occasional blog posts on the war on the humanities, the corporatization of higher education, fiction writing, publishing, and the current state of culture and society. In both cases, a form of work product.
I haven’t posted in a while, but the current hysteria in the New York Times about the loss of brick and mortar bookstores in Manhattan is so unintentionally comical and just plain awkward that I had to comment. The article, “Literary City, Bookstore Desert,” by Julie Bosman, illustrates almost everything that has gone wrong with […]
But first, as to validation. (See previous post.) I was stunned to see that there is at least one literary agent, Andrew Wylie, who gets it. Mr. Wylie said in a recent interview for New Republic what I’ve been saying here in my quiet corner of the Internet for a long time. That the publishing […]
A few months back, I wrote a piece on whether writing is a dying profession. My take was that, given the sorry state of traditional book publishers, there’s no longer any incentive for writers to honor the antiquated model of hiding their work in a drawer for years until an acquisitions editor taps it with […]
I haven’t posted here in a few weeks, but I did write a guest post on my Enemy Glory series for the speculative fiction website Risingshadow.net. Risingshadow has a facebook page. It also has tens of thousands of books in its database, and the folks who maintain it are truly passionate about sharing information with […]
I haven’t read Edward Younkins’s newest book, Exploring Capitalist Fiction: Business Through Literature and Film. It gets released on October 15. But I am acquainted with Dr. Younkins. (More on that later). He is a professor of Accountancy and Business Administration in the Department of Business and Technology at Wheeling Jesuit University. He founded WJU’s […]