[links] Link salad gets verbose

Check out the Fictional Character Pickup Line contest: [ jlake.com | LiveJournal ]

A reader reacts to Green Powell’s | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Borders ] — Not so much with the liking this time.

I am on all three of the bestseller lists at Borderlands Books this monthGreen in hardback, Escapement in mass market paperback, and Footprints in trade paperback.

The Winds of Dune launches today — Check out the tour schedule.

Scott Westerfield’s new project — I stand in awed envy.

Scrivener’s Error has a boatload of fascinating stuff today on publishing (and other topics) — Easier to send you there than to relink three or four from here.

Terry Pratchett campaigns for the right to take his own life

Wondermark exceeds its usual high weirdness quotient today

Mysterious bright spot found on Venus — Mmm, planetary mysteries. Close cousins to planetary romances. (Thanks to .)

APOD with a triple sunrise — Looks a lot like a certain Star Wars shot to me.

Rep. Eric Cantor (#2 in the House GOP) blames “birtherism” on liberals — And conservatives wonder why the reality-based community thinks they’re crazy. Birtherism is even stupider than Creationism or moon landing denialism, and is spreading like wildfire among white conservatives, if the polling is to be believed. And speaking of crazy, here’s a bit more on conspiracy theories, specifically moon landing denialism, snurched from Bad Astronomy Blog. The chart is great, but be sure to read the exegesis below.

Corpses as artifacts of a cowboy cultureThe Edge of the American West on murder and violence in America. Including a great quote from Richard Hofstadter, ca. 1970. one is impressed that most American violence—and this also illuminates its relationship to state power—has been initiated with a “conservative” bias. He was contrasting that with the leftist violence of that era, but if you look since, most American violence continues to be conservative, from clinic bombings to Timothy McVeigh. Even al-Qaeda are staunch conservatives, in the sense that they stand for much the same thing the Republican base does — absolutism in religious law, belief in the corruption of the American government, elimination of secular education, etc. If bin Laden were Christian, like conservative bomber and multiple murderer Eric Rudolph, he’d likely be a folk hero to a significant segment of American conservatives. [Note: this was edited at the prompting of , who quite rightly pegged me for tarring with too-broad a brush. See comments below to follow that discussion.]

?otD: Do you feel, feel like I do?


8/4/2009
Body movement: 10 minutes of stretching and meditation, 30 minute stationary bike ride
This morning’s weigh-in: 223.4
Currently reading: The Story of the Stone by Barry Hughart

One thought on “[links] Link salad gets verbose

  1. tetar says:

    Gordon Lish did not edit Raymond Carver, he rewrote him, much as a collaborator with carte blanche might do. Unconscionable for Lish not to be on the cover as co-author. Thomas Wolfe’s editor put together the books we now know as Wolfe’s from messy mss. Hemingway was expurgated and bowdlerized by Max Perkins. All invisibly, like the shameful crime it was. Arguing the finished book is all that counts is simply the ambush editor’s justification for hijacking a real writer’s work. These iditors are frustrated writers who can’t write, so they imprint themselves and piss all over others’ work. While a good editor can improve a writer’s work, without question, that same good editor will not impose or rewrite, but rather analyze and suggest. It is ultimately up to the writer to accept or decline such editorial suggestions. Sure, most comply at once, for fear of having their work rejected if they don’t, but that kind of cowardice is their choice, too. Anything further is ambush editing, a shameful, sick crime of ego by wanna-be writers who cannot produce the work themselves.

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