Monday Tally: Criticism, Campaigns, and Profiles

by Kim on October 8, 2012 · 16 comments

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Awhile ago, maybe all the way back in 2011, I did a week link round-up post on Monday’s called “Monday Tally.” I’ve been reading a lot of great stuff online lately and wanted a way to share it, so I decided to bring this one back semi-regularly. Enjoy!

Book bloggers are either detrimental to literature or critical to literary criticism. Take your pick on thoughts from British dudes.

Here’s another example of why it’s usually a bad idea for authors to respond to critical reviews, this time from Ron Hogan, with this gem of an observation:

Word of advice, authors: Never state publicly that any of your readers are more or less important than any of your other readers, even if you’re foolish enough to actually believe it. Yes, there are some readers who can “do more’ for your literary success if they like your book, whether they’re reviewing books for a major newspaper or buying fiction for a national chain of bookstores. To circle back to Elle Lothlorien, though, every reader is a customer, and even an unsatisfied reader can be a repeat customer—unless you’re actively condescending and dismissive to them.

This West Wing-inspired campaign ad is my favorite video of the week:

However, this video of a valiant pig saving a drowning baby goat at a petting zoo is a close, close second.

Jeffrey Eugenides gave a particularly sad response to questions of women and literature and book reviews in an interview. This response from Linda Holmes at NPR Monkey See is a much better read.

Michael Lewis, author of The Big Short and and Moneyball and The Blind Side, published an in-depth profile of President Obama in Vanity Fair that is, I think, a must-read piece. It’s a wry and thoughtful and candid look at what it’s like to be President of the United States, full of paragraphs much like this one, about what it’s like to play basketball with the president:

And he chattered constantly. “You can’t leave him open like that!” … “Money!” … “Take that shot!” His team jumped ahead, mainly because it took fewer stupid shots. When I threw one up I discovered the reason for this. When you are on the president’s basketball team and you take a stupid shot, the president of the United States screams at you. “Don’t be looking to the sidelines all sheepish,” he hollered at me. “You got to get back and play D!”

Arnold Schwarzenegger is releasing a memoir called Total Recall. I can’t stop giggling.

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