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VINTAGE "BOOK DEAL" WEEK-IN-REVIEW
Sunday night Wall Street Journal “scooped” the news of Vintage’s acquisition (via Bill Clegg) of my third novel with an article that was located “behind” a subscription wall. The “scoop” was a result of Mike Vilensky’s pro-active style of journalism, as he had already emailed Bill Clegg, I think, before the deal happened, when he learned, a week ago, via this or this maybe, that Bill Clegg was representing me. Three hours later it wasn’t Sunday anymore.
Monday 1:05AM New York Observer posted what became perhaps the most trafficked piece of the week: a somewhat lengthy piece featuring an email interview. Encouraged by positive feelings toward New York Observer’s “house style/tone,” which includes being open to posting interviews verbatim, I “opened up,” to some degree, revealing that Bloomsbury “had the bleakest office, in my view.” 2:30AM New York Magazine’s Vulture posted “Tao Lin Sells Another Novel.” Sadly, the post was not, to my knowledge, Tweeted by @vulture. 9:51AM HTMLGIANT linked the New York Observer piece. Galleycat and other sites posted things later that day, eliciting, among other Tweets, a playfully sarcastic Tweet and a “two birds w/ one stone” Tweet.
Tuesday was uneventful in terms of the “book deal,” I think. Vice posted my final Drug-Related Photoshop Art ”piece.”
Wednesday was uneventful in terms of the “book deal,” I think. The “full spread” of Megan Boyle’s selected unpublished blog posts of a mexican panda express employee (Muumuu House, 15 Nov 2011) was revealed.
Thursday a piece surfaced on Hipster Runoff in which a person whose appearance is shockingly similar to my appearance (jk) is shown “[stealing] wifi” by laying outside a building while staring at their MacBook screen. Sadly, the @hipsterrunoff Tweet of this contained an unclickable link, denying Statcounter thousands of hits, perhaps because Carles, like so many others (jk), temporarily experienced problems with Twitter’s t.co service.
Friday “juliewbp” responded to a long comment on BookPeople’s blog that was made Monday. Comments continued to be posted at HTMLGIANT and Slog. I posted [this post] in the style of January’s MY ‘NON-VIRAL BLOGGING’ WEEK-IN-REVIEW, arguably improving on it by adding a “special offer,” which can be found below.
*SPECIAL OFFER* if anyone wants one of my books for free, and lives in America, reblog this post and comment in this post what book by me you want (view options) and your address (or email your address to binky.tabby [at] gmail.com) and I will mail the book to you or order it for you (up to 25 people) *SPECIAL OFFER*
100 things to do when you have the time
- Doodle. Look for new styles, new approaches.
- Draw a picture of a friend. See how many different ways you can do it, such as how few lines you can use.
- Recite something you once memorized: a poem, a song, a story, a monologue.
- Memorize something new.
- Write a review of something you like.
- Go over the steps in a procedure or a process.
- Explain to a friend a thing you know, or think you know.
- Write a song, or cover a song.
- List the projects you’re working on, or want to work on. Set a deadline for completing one of them.
- Review every thing that you’ve done in the past week, the past month, the past year, the past five years, the past decade.
“The wind was this. Being born was this. Dying without dying and without a disease was this. To tell you the truth: I am here and I need you.”—Luna Miguel
It’s eerie to me that there are always pieces of writing that emerge as smart, true, ethically multifaceted and—this would be the most important noticeable quality—so suddenly and quickly diagnostic (feeling like someone had articulate and correct thoughts so soon, it’s amazing) after events like the bombings in Boston: as though disaster is always also a poetic event or something, which it probably is, given that disasters have to be monstrously unimaginable before they happen just to get called disasters in the first place. Like, of course, the imagination responds.
But what I like best about this Jimmy Chen essay at HTMLGIANT is its brevity. So short I can’t even call it by the wretched name that often tags such post-disaster (read: post-terrorist-attack, whatever that might mean) and post-bloodshed writing: think-piece. This isn’t a think piece. It’s a note on the coming (?) global war, which isn’t going to look like old wars and won’t look like a new one either. Not a holy war (?) but a war of the disenfranchised. Maybe it’s just a state of war that touches wherever it might, all the time, any time—not “over there” but everywhere. I’m actually not so sure it isn’t already happening, or hasn’t been happening for a long time. I’m not so sure it’s anything but awful and sad, and while I’ve spent a large part of this morning thinking about what books to include on the syllabus for the sci-fi and fantasy lit course (?) I’ll be teaching in the fall, it occurs to me all of a sudden how scary a good discussion is. I want to have more scary discussions.