Posted tagged ‘The Writing Life’

Yup. Maxwell Perkins Is Still Seriously Dead (Or, Let Me Help You Procrastinate On Your Book Project)

February 21, 2012

How have I missed these guys all this time?

Also too:  this vid puts me in mind of an old Journal of Irreproducible Results paper on the natural history and psychology of editors.  The one unifying characteristic:  all of them as children, had been whacked by a book. 😉

You may consider this a completely GOP genital-invasion gift to the blogosphere.*

*Though, on reflection, one may catch a whiff of big-swingingness in the sketch above.  Ah well.  One can run; one can’t hide.

RIP John Leonard

November 7, 2008

The world is just a little bit too quiet suddenly.

Leonard had a voice.  He didn’t write book reports and it never was all about him, two of the common sins of cultural criticism.  Books are a very strange way to make a living — I should know, as I’m about to embark on my fifth willing suspension of disbelief.  People like Leonard are essential to writers of books because he/they provide hints in contradiction to the evidence that the effort matters.  That’s true, except, of course that there aren’t people like him; the whole point of Leonard’s work is that his was an individual sensibility — what he thought and felt, he himself, and not some congealing of herd reaction.

It’s getting too quiet around here, and I haven’t even got to my thoughts on the loss of Studs Terkel yet.

A Leonard credo can be found here.

More links to his work and other commentaries on his life and writing can be found at the bottom of this moving remembrance by Edward Champion. 

(h/t bkcdgrd)

Image: Gustave Courbet, “Portrait of Baudelaire,” 1848.