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Siren wrote:Question: "There are more people in the world who can make good parents than can write good books."
Sun Oct 03, 2010 10:43 am Post
Siren wrote:Has anyone here read "Freedom"? And is it good?
Tue Oct 05, 2010 1:16 pm Post
Hugh wrote:how can an author still be changing characterisations in the final galleys, as is implied by the news story of the pulping of Freedom?
Of course, the Guardian reporters and everyone else reporting on this is taking the explanation at face value. But that’s just lazy reporting, or more precisely non-reporting, because as anyone with the slightest knowledge of how publishing companies work — a book industry journalist, say — knows that this version of events still seems so highly unlikely as to indicate a cover-up. That is, only a much larger systemic breakdown at the publisher itself would allow for such a massive mistake.
For one thing, how did a typesetter — in this case an outsourced typesetter at that — come to have an earlier, uncorrected draft in the first place? Plus, typesetters would not have been the ones to send the files to the printer. They go back to the publisher, which then proofs them, sends them to the printer — and gets final proofs back for final inspection before telling the printer to pull the trigger. Yet no British journalist seems to find it questionable that an outsourced typesetter was allowed to have final word on one of the biggest books of the year.
Hugh wrote:friends who rave about The Corrections.
Tue Oct 05, 2010 2:52 pm Post
Tue Oct 05, 2010 3:19 pm Post
Sean Coffee wrote:What a shame that the National Book Award people had not had a chance to read the Guardian article before they gave Franzen their award. Or the PEN Faulkner or National Book Critics Circle crowd, before they made him a finalist for theirs. Or the New York Times when they named The Corrections one of the 10 best books of 2001. They stupidly went out and read the whole thing! What a waste of time.
Fortunately, now there's this thread to save them time. Great minds coming together to deem Franzen unworthy after having read -- collectively -- 30 pages of one novel and two articles.
Efficient is one word for it.
Tue Oct 05, 2010 3:47 pm Post
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Tue Oct 05, 2010 4:38 pm Post
Sean Coffee wrote:Fortunately, now there's this thread to save them time. Great minds coming together to deem Franzen unworthy after having read -- collectively -- 30 pages of one novel and two articles.
Tue Oct 05, 2010 4:51 pm Post
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