Pronoun trouble, NaNoWriMo, bylines, more

In the Village Voice, Angela Starita considers two new collections from writers who have developed a “phobia of the pronoun I” and aren’t comfortable writing first-person narratives. A steady diet of Lit Crit in college will do that to you.

I’ve said it before, but the start of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) draws nigh. If you’ve got the moxie to churn out a novel in a month, sign up now. Those who are participating: please keep me posted on your progress. Funny anecdotes about procrastination and failure are especially welcome, as they’ll make me feel better about my decision not to sign up. Send your success stories, too.

A Canadian tribunal has ruled that journalists have the right to withhold their names from bylines.

In case you didn’t catch the news, many authors are expressing concern that Amazon’s new, full-text search feature could allow consumers to read their books without paying for a copy.

According to Reporters Without Borders, Finland’s press is the most free in the world. The U.S. is at 32nd place, behind Germany (8th), France (26th) and the U.K. (27th). North Korea and Cuba are at the bottom. The ranking “distinguishes behaviour at home and abroad in the cases of the United States and Israel. They are ranked in 31st and 44th positions respectively as regards respect for freedom of expression on their own territory, but they fall to the 135th and 146th [of 166] positions as regards behaviour beyond their borders.” (Via Prints the Chaff.)

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