Light Reading for the Afternoon

by Patrick on February 10, 2010

I know most of you on the East Coast are snowed in, and those of us on this coast are…well, it rained yesterday.  That’s something.  Anyway, here is some reading to occupy you for these next few snow days (you lucky bums):

  • The Millions is running a two part interview with David Shields about his forthcoming book Reality Hunger.  The first part of the interview is up here.  The second part will be published tomorrow.  Part one contains a lot of very serious thought, and a fair number of quotations, too.
  • At The Rumpus, Steve Almond discusses why he decided to self-publish two recent books.  His idea of making the books available only at his appearances is an interesting one.  I don’t think I have to tell you that independent bookstores are always looking for ways to stand out, and I think offering a unique book that could only be purchased at an event at our store would be, well, pretty awesome.  You could even create a special introduction to the book that is only in books from our event.  Every time the author reads somewhere, the introduction changes.  It’s a form of forced scarcity, but when it’s sold at $10-20 a pop, as Almond’s books were, it’s something everyone can take part in, too.