A few links to help ease you through Tuesday.
- Wrapping up our “all things Frey” week, Scott Timberg has a profile of Frey and the LA life in the LA Times. At The Elegant Variation, Jim Ruland brings the snark in a piece about Frey’s writing process.
- Vroman’s getting some love from Shrinking Violet Productions. Thanks!
- Anne Applebaum thinks we need to stop injecting the Nazis into our political debates, and I agree.
- At n+1, Keith Gessen has a thoughtful piece about how to survive, financially, as a writer:
Once the book is published it only gets worse: the writer proceeds to the Cavalry of publicity. Advances on first books vary—about $20,000 to $60,000 for a book of stories, though sometimes higher; between $50,000 and $250,000 for a “literary” novel, though also, sometimes, higher. Even the top figure—$250,000—which seems like so much, and is so much, still represents on both sides of the writing and rewriting, the pre-publication and post-publication, about four years of work—$60,000 a year, the same as a hack lifestyle journalist in New York. But the costs! The humiliations! No one will ever forgive a writer for getting so much money in one lump—not the press, not other writers, and his publisher least of all.
- Julie Klam hearts my blog. You can’t see me right now, but I’m blushing.