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Monthly Archives: February 2011

HarperCollins and the Broken Window Fallacy

…this model can be incredibly damaging to the relationship (and continued success) that authors currently enjoy. One of the biggest advantages libraries offer writers is the ability to facilite discovery of a a [sic] their entire body of work. – The Publisher That Kicked the Hornet’s Nest on HarperCollins putting a 26 loan cap on […]

There’s no willing conspiracy here as far as I’m concerned. The people I’ve written for are, without fail, inspired, smart, engaged advocates of literary culture. Besides, I tend to select the majority of books that I review, and these days I tend to get assigned what I pitch. “It’s not you,” I now say to my editors and to the world, “it’s me.” But when it comes down to it, I’m obviously, however minor, part of a problem, and I’m not exactly sure what to do with this humiliating revelation.

Michael Washburn’s honest and thoughtful How Does It Feel To Be A Problem?: The Vida Study.

“Facial Deficits”

My news! Let me tell you it! PANK just accepted my facial allotransplantation short story. THAT’S RIGHT I’M AWESOME.

More VIDA count responses

When I invited a woman to come on the show as an expert guest, it was not unusual for her to decline. She’d tell me that she wasn’t really qualified, and then she’d recommend someone “better”–often a male colleague. In the seven years that I worked in talk radio, guess how many men who I […]

My youngest kid hits Jane’s kid on the head using a bright green dragon puppet. The dragon is on my kid’s hand, so the line between hitting her kid with a toy and hitting her kid with his fist is thin.

Read “Truths about Suicidal Women” by Jenniey Tallman.

Another response to the VIDA count.

Because there are men whose lives I’ve avidly followed—out of admiration for their work or their “way.” Paolo Pasolini always comes to mind. I love his work, his films, his poetry, his writings on film and literature, his life, all of it, even his death. How did he do it—make such amazing work and stand […]

The couch caught a number of Estelle Markowitz’s tears, just as earlier in the day it had absorbed Jack Green’s, and the day before, Roger Barber’s. Over two decades so many tears had landed on the couch, the cushion was shot through with salt. In the summer, patients experienced a mysterious burning sensation on the backs of their exposed legs, but they never bothered to mention it. At $180 an hour, it didn’t seem worth mentioning.

Read “Couch” by Rachel Maizes.

I have a lot of things to say…

…mainly about epidemiology and Bobby Rogers (who I saw read on Thursday; short version = he’s great) and more on gender parity, but it all has to wait because I’m in the middle of an epic submission spree (yes, because of the gender parity discussion), but I had to let you all know: Trapeze just […]

Gender parity at Seven by Twenty (take two)

Following VIDA’s publication of The Count 2010, I (and loads of others) have been discussing gender parity in publishing. I’ve finally finished crunching the numbers for my twitterzine, Seven by Twenty, and here they are below. You’ve already seen the publication breakdown and below that are the other numbers I came up with. At the […]

More on gender parity

Submitting Work: A Woman’s Problem? by Becky Tuch is an interesting take on this whole issue, and well worth reading. There’s also a comment from Jeanne Leiby, editor of The Southern Review, saying in part, “In my eleven issues, we’ve published 40% women, 60% men. Our slushpile contains 40% women and 60% men.” They’re going […]