- M.J. Rose on authors and marketing efforts and compensation: "We should be involved in marketing and PR — in every aspect of our careers. And if we want to pay for extra marketing or publicity, as long as we do it right, it’s a smart investment. But it is not now and should never be our obligation. And if we are going to make these investments, publishers need to acknowledge that commitment."
- Boy, Lev Grossman sure got everyone worked up, didn't he? I just don't see the hanging offense here, especially since the main point of this piece has been reiterated over and over in recent years without inspiring the same furor*. Am still looking forward to The Magicians.
- John Crowley forgets an encounter with an admired author, then reads about it later.
- I have been following the inquiry into runner Caster Semanya's gender closely. Lauren says it.
- The Venn Diagram of Mythical Creatures that's been floating around. Want wall poster.
- Finally: The cusp of fall TV season. Yay. Perhaps we'll need a new discussion thread for something–V or Glee? True Blood is my favorite at the moment, but it's a little late to give it one now.
*Mentioning Twilight was a misstep, because it muddies the point he's trying to make in a way that pointing to The Hunger Games doesn't. Twilight demonstrates the ability of women and girls to fuel a major blockbuster, whereas The Hunger Games and Harry Potter don't break down so cleanly along gender lines and get more to the heart of people's hunger for good storytelling. (Yes, I know there are boys who've read Twilight**, but I don't think we'd argue they are the reason it's so huge.)
**In our long lost gaming group, one of the younger, single guys told us once that he loved Twilight. We all looked at him and ::boggled:: Then he explained that before it came along being a quiet guy who wears a lot of black didn't get him nearly as much attention from the ladies.