Derek Raymond Still Lives

December 16, 2009

The Rap Sheet continues its series on Derek Raymond.

The Book You Have to Read: “He Died with His Eyes Open,” by Derek Raymond by writer Tony Black

I arrived at the genius of Derek Raymond too late. But, as the adage goes, better late than never. If memory serves, I’d been struggling with a reading slump. One of those dispiriting patches where nothing I picked up seemed to be what I wanted to read. Everything was too wordy, too writerly, or the voice grated, the story took too long to start, the prose lacked sparkle. I turned to the recommendations of well-meaning friends but struggled to get past the first few pages of anything I picked up. I couldn’t re-read, either. Even old favorites seemed unappealing. The printed word was dead to me.

The Book You Have to Read: “The Devil’s Home on Leave,” by Derek Raymond by writer John Harvey

He knows how to get you, Derek/Robin; knows how to pull you in.

There are days I sit here resenting every minute I’m not instead re-reading Derek Raymond’s books.

Previously here:

Derek Raymond Is Your Year-End Reading

Quote Of The Day: Writer Moxie Mezcal

December 16, 2009

Moxie Mezcal Interview

I’m going on record as saying I hate hardcovers. I mean, sure there’s probably some archival value to it, and maybe you need a sturdier binding for something like the Oxford English Dictionary, but other than it – there’s no reason you’re making me pay $30 for the fucking hardcover for new releases. Just give me the cheap paperback and the ebook right away, you godless-fucking-swine.

There is more awareness in this interview than any others I’ve seen with writers lately. And it’s infected throughout with great stuff I could quote. Go read.

Moxie Mezcal website
And read her Guerilla Fiction Manifesto there!

Previously here:

Edgar Allan Poe Knew The Score In The 1800s!
What Publishing Fears: The John Galt Maneuver
Writing Quote Of The Year: Paul Witcover
She Who Measures
Writer Peter Watts Beaten, Arrested
The Invisibles
Book Publishing Thinks It’s A Darwin Exception!
eGether Is The Future Of Book Marketing
Writer Eddie Wright: Broken Bulbs
Quote: Writer Moriah Jovan
Quote Of The Day: Kathy Sierra
How It All Works
YOUR Creation, YOUR Work, YOUR Art
For Writers Only
Twilight Of The Suit System
Writer Declan Burke: A Sad Post
Quote Of The Day: Jenn Topper
And Just Who Are You?
The D In DIY
Think And Grow … Um, What?
DIY Does Not Mean Do It FREE
Writers: DIY Or Die!
Curation: A Dead Idea Of Dead Thinking
Quote Of The Day: Guy LeCharles Gonzalez
Writer Jason Pinter On What Matters
Keeper Quotes
Why Read?
The Amanda Fucking Palmer Effect
Who Stole The Audience?
Prominence Versus Influence
Pay The Artist!
TV’s Bonanza: With Charles Dickens
A Contrast In Scale
Advice Too Good To Lose

Video: Writer Eddie Wright

December 16, 2009

See him reading chapter one from the above after the break.

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Sony: How Can An eBook Go Missing?

December 16, 2009

A retweet popped up today re-announcing Sony’s rechristening of its eBook store to the Reader Store.

Why am I always baited like this?

Naturally, I go to investigate. This is my curse in life: curiosity.

I go look up Ken Bruen, because he’s a writer I like and I noticed earlier that the number of books of his carried by Sony is inexcusably low.

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When Real Life Intrudes On eInk Dreams

December 16, 2009

IDPF Screws Up ePub eBook Covers For Everyone!

December 16, 2009

In an earlier post, Barnes & Noble Nook Vs. Archos 5 Internet Tablet: Round Two, I closed with this:

One flaw in that video: Aldiko did not create a thumbnail of the cover; it’s using a generic placeholder. I will ask about that and report back.

I doubt anyone but me would have even noticed that. But I did and it bugged me.

I had to know what was going on here.

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