Monthly Archives: February 2015

Everybody is writing

From the billionaire on the very first page it seems that everyone in Rachel Cusk’s Outline wants to be a writer. There is a lot of reading books, writing books (or trying to), quoting book titles, collecting books, even shelving … Continue reading

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Category publishing can include all this

It is fascinating to think that a fictional publisher could commission a single book that might fit all of these categories. Here is my cartoon for yesterday's @guardianreview. It relates to this article: http://t.co/z3zKDw4jmi pic.twitter.com/L3ZuIXp7x0 — Tom Gauld (@tomgauld) February … Continue reading

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Brecht and Laotse’s gatekeeper

Bertolt Brecht was born on this day in 1898 and he had interesting relationships with publishers throughout his life. He didn’t write about them much but he did write an intriguing poem that might obliquely say something about the role … Continue reading

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A rare publisher in a poem

There are not many publishers in poetry, but in Annals, one of the poems in Christopher Reid’s collection Katerina Brac, we read the following. Every day, history takes place, even when nothing happens. I believe these things should be written … Continue reading

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The fate of most to fall short in expression

Ephraim is the penultimate story in Tamar Yellin’s collection Tales of the Ten Lost Tribes. In it, the narrator comes across a slim volume in the window of a provincial bookshop. Its author is Georg, an old student, who used … Continue reading

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