Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Where are the SERIOUS books?

When Twitter alerted me to this--well, naive might be understating things--report on last month's Book Expo, all I could think of was Fran Leibowitz's observation (I paraphrase) that "the girl in high school who insists that the drama club put on The Bald Soprano will be a thorn in the side of everyone she meets forever."

9 comments:

Moira said...

I'm...really confused. Minnesota Public Radio has just finished (dear god, I hope) beating the dead horse with its third program about YA books being too serious, and this writer is bemoaning the lack of "serious literature?"

Golly, now I can't decide whether to reread "Hoot" or "Forge."

Chris Barton said...

Like the recent WSJ tirade, this latest piece reminds us that when you don't understand something, the last thing you should do is -- God forbid -- ask someone knowledgeable to explain it to you.

gail said...

I'm really confused about the definition of "mommy." I thought it was a person, whether employed in the so-called workplace or not, who is raising children as part of a family relationship and not a housewife who reads romance, horror/vampire, and paranormal novels. Also, if just a few hundred Twitter followers give someone the power to establish trends, I'm going to have to start taking Twitter a lot more seriously.

Roger Sutton said...

As Werner Erhard pointed out and Daniel Rumsfield later reiterated, it's the stuff you don't know you don't know that gets you in trouble.

Roger Sutton said...

I KNOW Gail! With my Twitter army of 3000 you'd think the publishing industry would be kowtowing to my every whim. WHY ISN'T THAT HAPPENING?

gail said...

Roger--Perhaps the person who wrote that article could answer your question. Or would at least take a shot at it.

Roger Sutton said...

Oops, Donald Rumsfeld. Where is the hard-hitting journalist to take on the shame that is Blogger's reluctance to allow one to edit one's comments?

Liz Rosenberg said...

Love the Leibowitz!

Anonymous said...

Fran Lebowitz! You know about this movie, yes?

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