Allan Gurganus on Fear of Sex in Fiction

The New Yorker has a very interesting interview with Allan Gurganus, author of the new book Local Souls. Gurganus is of the opinion that modern fiction treats sex the way it was treated by movies in the 1950’s, where you have the buildup to the event, then you skip ahead to afterward. He further believesContinue reading “Allan Gurganus on Fear of Sex in Fiction”

Elizabeth Gilbert on The Horror of Great Success

I stumbled across this interesting TED talk where Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love, describes how the “freakish” success of that book has forced her to face the near certainty that her best work is behind her, and also filled her with fears that she has to live with every day. She comes acrossContinue reading “Elizabeth Gilbert on The Horror of Great Success”

Harry Potter and the Self-Published, DRM-Free eBook

Wow. For a long time, J.K. Rowling has resisted letting the Harry Potter series be published as ebooks, allegedly because she was worried about “piracy” (not a useful term). Now, in a major turnaround, she is not only bringing the entire series out as ebooks, she is self-publishing them, and she is releasing them DRM-free.Continue reading “Harry Potter and the Self-Published, DRM-Free eBook”