Remains of the day

This post was written by Friday blogger Annie Reid.

  • The New Statesman’s Rachel Cooke skewers brit blogger Belle du Jour’s new book: “Sorry to be pompous so early in the new year, but this book illustrates pretty much everything that is wrong with modern publishing.” She devotes a few interesting paragraphs to how blogs might translate into books. Myself, I’m not so much interested in seeing a blog between the covers — form does shape content — but the idea of seeing an unfamiliar, challenging new form – a novel, say- in a voice I’ve come to like and respect through reading a blog is a welcome one.
  • Publisher’s Lunch reports (scroll down) that Amazon is rolling out a new program wherein publisher’s have to pay a fee for placement in such areas as “New and Recommended” and personalized recommendation pages. “Publishers who opt not to participate will have their titles removed from the ‘automation and personalization’ program. As one distributor explained it, once disabled, While [your] titles would still be on the site, they would be almost impossible to find.'”
  • The LA Weekly has an interesting take on UCLA’s retrospective on the films of Graham Greene, Maud’s ex-boyfriend (when did you guys break up, anyhow?). “While only some of Greene’s novels can be properly regarded as “Catholic novels,” all of them share a tone of heightened realism that we find also in the work of Christian fantasists like C.S. Lewis and Charles Williams, who could write with complete conviction about situations in which the supernatural sphere impinged upon the natural. This intermingling of the mundane and the fantastic was for Greene, too, as easy as breathing.”

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