"Immersion in the life of the world, a willingness to be inhabited by and to speak for others, including those beyond the realm of the human, these are the practices not just of the bodhisattva but of the writer." --Jane Hirshfield

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

The End of Books

In NY Magazine.
It was a good article. Kindles, Borders, Barnes & Noble, Salman Rushdie and the biggest flops of recent years.

I think I'm not going to get a Kindle or e-reader or any of those, on principle.

I think all we need to turn things around is another Harry Potter-type book...did you see the article about the 21 best-selling books of all time? The Harry Potter books were all there.

I think it's going to suck for publishing when Oprah goes off the air, although I haven't always liked her picks.

And, can I just say, I don't care in the least what Michael Phelps eats, who he sleeps with or what he thinks, if at all, and see no reason for his $1.6 million advance. He's a swimmer, people, and he looks nice in a Speedo, and that's about that. Although eating 12,000 calories, none of which is a vegetable, is scary.

1 comment:

Sue said...

Remember that discussion about the poor soul who cleans Phelps' toilet? Ha! Why is it that anyone with any claim to fame, even if not in the least bit literary, is supposed to write a book? No wonder people lose faith in books and read things like Harry Potter.