Tuesday, November 25, 2008

There's always the "Video Vixen" or a phoned-in James Patterson book...

More on the denigration of culture. As literature goes, so goes civilization. Happened before. Happens every time. Read it here in Publishers Weekly. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt tells its editors not to accept any more submissions. Fahrenheit 451 in slow motion. Gee, does anyone even know who Ray Bradbury is? No biggie. Not important. Pass me my Madden Football 08 and my Lil' Wayne ringtones...tune in the Real Housewives, Heidi Montag. Now that's culture!

8 comments:

Lisa said...

I have never understood this "do more with less" mentality. It is nothing but a cop out. What will they do? How will they stay in business? Do buy one stop stupid mindless book a year and hope that pays for everything? There doesn't seem to be any imagination in publishing, either in business or creative books.

Michael A. Gonzales said...

just saw ray bradbury on television; i didn't realized dude was still alive.

Knute Rife said...

Obscene. HMH ought to just shut down and let somebody market its catalog. Blumenfeld sounds like he's stealing his material from Alan Greenspan. From that we may deduce that this is at least a perma-temp change, that HMH is not operating any smarter, that the pipeline is not robust (If it were, they'd want to keep feeding it.), and that though this is not the end of literature, literacy in this country is on life support.

Could be worse, Chris. You could still be practicing law.

Nina Foxx said...

They publish textbooks, but I think more publishers will be looking for cheaper formats, pushing authors straight to ebook. Might as well do that ourselves.

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NabilaJ said...

I don't think they are very big in fiction and creative nonfiction and bios are they? But the whole industry is messed up and needs a new model. You can do that without making everything stupid or lascivious!!!

Monica said...

On one hand, I think, aw damn, another year of Zane.

On the other hand, I have an opportunity to read other books that have been on my list forever.

Snowman said...

This was also in the New York Times online. I don't think many people took note, and that is the problem. A quasi literate society is a society in peril and easily taken hostage. But I am old, irrelevant and so what do I know?