Monday, June 09, 2008

the author is mediocre, annually

If there's such a thing as a law of intended consequences, perhaps this is it.

"In an age when reading for pleasure is declining, book publishers increasingly are counting on their biggest moneymaking writers to crank out books at a rate of at least one a year, right on schedule, and sometimes faster than that."

Many top-selling writers, such as John Grisham and Mary Higgins Clark, have turned out at least one book annually for years. Now some writers are beginning to grumble about the pressure, and some are refusing to comply."

Funny how reading for pleasure declines when no one is allowed to take the time to read, and when someone does, they have to rely on an undercooked slab of carcass from Mary Higgins Clark.

Jesus, maybe if fewer authors were published and loosed upon the shrinking reading public with some care, they could be allowed to take their time. Good writers would come up with stuff like this. Books would then be seen as something that had some care built into them.

Alternately, I suppose one could write an Adam Sandler movie during an unscheduled bathroom break. Either was is fine.
Posted by David

Posted by Dave

1 comment:

Narinda said...

Roald Dahl's short story "The Great Automatic Grammatizator"-- it's all come true!

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