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Reflections of a working writer and reader



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Amazon’s reply to criticism of its recent POD announcement, insisting that POD publishers use its own BookSurge publishing service.


Joan Didion’s memoir about trying to come to terms with her husband’s death became ‘the indispensable handbook to bereavement’. Then her 39-year-old daughter also died. As The Year of Magical Thinking arrives in London, David Hare describes the challenge of bringing a writer’s grief to the stage.


Heather Christie is On Time in The Kenyon Review:

The answer to “Where do the days go?” is that they don’t. It’s just convenient to use a conceptual metaphor to take an abstraction like time and cut it into nouns that have a habit of running away. But all week I have thought “Goodbye Monday,” and “Goodbye Tuesday.” And now I am wondering what Monday is up to these days.
Because time is cut into nouns, it has the privilege of getting to use verbs. It elapses and expires . . .

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