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Writing advice

From Driftglass via LitBrit comes this tidbit of advice:

However based on the sage advice I recently received from the Heads of the Blogosphere Mafia (and the fact that there no are Liberal equivalents to wingnut homunculi like Mary Matalin dug in like ticks at Major Publishing Houses and eager to forcibly animate into Best Sellerdom any offal scraped from the Conservative blogger midden pile) I have come to understand that if my as-yet nonexistent and wholly theoretical book is to stand any chance of being anything other than a labor-intensive, money-losing timesuck, it absolutely, positively has to include vampires.

Maybe it’s the gloomy Nordic strain in my DNA profile, but I always like a bleak chuckle at the start of a day, especially when I’m working on a book proposal. I also love the jokes in Grettir’s Saga.

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Super Sunday podcast alert

I heard there was some kind of big deal professional sports event going on today. In case you don’t give a damn, or you need something to drown out the game playing in the next room, there’s a┬ádynamite podcast waiting for you at the Lannan Foundation, where you can listen in as Junot Diaz, author of the Pulitzer-winning The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, shares the podium with SF legend Samuel R. Delany. Meanwhile, Bat Segundo ┬áhas posted talks with Azar Nafisi, author of Reading Lolita in Tehran and the recent Things I’ve Been Silent About, and David Denby, the New Yorker film critic whose denunciation of snarkiness has been getting lots of snarky reviews. And Melvyn Bragg talks about just how close to the bone satire can get.

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