TV-slave peeps, I’m agonizing over whether to a) watch the Gilmore Girls premiere tomorrow night (I will, punishment meet glutton) and b) whether to even attempt a GGGossip Circle post (I probably will, for any other gluttons out there). Oh, sadness. Why, ASP? Why? Sigh.
I plan some actual real content here this week, including posts on Jeff VanderMeer’s Shriek (which I’m finding it hard to write about, but loved), David Levithan’s Wide Awake and Jennifer Egan’s The Keep. And in October, I’m going to profile at least one deliciously creepy read a week in honor of the season when everything dies and we dress up in costumes and get candy.
- The Book Standard rounds up a panel on the state of publishing, which cites a statistic that 7 percent of books published in 2004 sold more than 1,000 copies and accounted for 87 percent of total sales, with the remaining 93 percent of books selling fewer than 1,000 copies and making up 13 percent of total sales. Ouch. (Via Jeremy Lassen, King of Night Shade Books.)
- Book Nerd has Libba Bray’s Ode to Independent Booksellers.
- Rick Bowes has a shiny Web site to go along with his shiny story collection Streetcar Dreams and other midnight fancies from PS Publishing. Want.
- John Scalzi on hefty advances and books by bloggers.
- Happy Banned Books Week.
- How your brain knows whether I like you or not. (And vice versa.)
- So, do you think Heroes is worth watching for the bad bad baddity bad bad factor or is it just painfully bad?