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June 22, 2003

Writing a Book Redux

Friedrich --

Our posting from a few weeks back entitled "Tacit Knowledge -- Writing a Book" was linked to by the great Arts and Letters Daily. Yippee: An honor and a pleasure. Also an occasion for more visitors than usual to drop by, and to leave comments. Readers interested in the topic of writing and publishing might enjoy revisiting the posting in order to read the new comments, which follow the posting here. It'd be hard to find a more raw and truthful set of snapshots of the book-writing and book-publishing life.



posted by Michael at June 22, 2003


I usually visit A&L Daily and I have seen your posting there. It is very well as your other writings...I even put a link to your page in mine, which, unfortunately for you, is in portuguese...Greetings.

Posted by: Z on June 22, 2003 3:45 PM

Can I be a nasty little bitch and note that I, being a nasty little bitch, was bitterly amused by the number of posters who would champion the glory of writing and the holiness of reading and the written word despite having not bothered to actually read and understand your original post.

I simply wanted to confront people's fantasies about writing books for a living with a few of the actual facts of the field.

If were working with the idea that civilization is a dialogue, and writing is part of that dialogue, we might want to focus a little on the "listening to others" aspect of the enterprise. Thats all Im saying. People who fail to do that, I think, are covered in your original bullet points:
* Some have a dream about being an author, or taking part in "literature"
*Some are obsessed lunatics i.e., they feel they just gotta

Or, the bullet point you were too polite to include: delusional and egocentric brats.

Posted by: j.c. on June 23, 2003 12:30 PM

Hi Z, Many thanks for the link. I wish I could read POrtuguese!

Hey J.C. -- Oooh, you are a nasty little bitch. And dead accurate too, as far as I'm concerned. Thanks.

Posted by: Michael Blowhard on June 24, 2003 1:42 AM

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