I have been very busy recently (work on two screenplays, putting together the production of another film, uploading a jobs-worth* of collected books onto Amazon Marketplace to be sold second-hand, applying for jobs – a job in itself – and a social life that seems to have taken off very nicely), so I haven’t devoted so much time as I should have done to the blog.
So, without further ado, here’s a round-up of interesting book-related topics found online:
A recent review of James Woods’, ‘How Fiction Works’, is a celebration of good literary criticism that doesn’t seek to score points, trade on nepotism or denigrate the un-read efforts of authors. Woods, formerly a Guardian book reviewer is one of those rare book critics who examine the minutiae of character, narrative and style. The review by Peter Conrad can be found here: link
I particularly liked the quote: “…the view that highbrow fiction is somehow all broadly worthwhile does not long survive service on the jury of a book prize. Parcel after parcel arrives of books that somehow contrive to be both plotless and proseless …” this comes from Mark Lawson who writes against the snobbery of those folk whose inflated self-importance leads them to believe that crime fiction is somehow inferior to more literary fayre: link
Another great quote: “Poetry is like music; it can speak to us in ways that are not simply about “meaning”, and, as with music, that relies on trust, both from the writer and the reader.” This was Erica Wagner, writing in The Times about poetry and meaning: link