Friday, December 31, 2010
Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Sunday, December 26, 2010
So what do these absences in our writing signify? What does our lack of class-consciousness say about us now? Did McCarthyism initially stamp out the desire to write about class issues? Or maybe it’s because we’re a nation and a culture deeply rooted in individualism. Concern about class tends to suggest collectivism, something that has proved to be anathema to Americans raised in the cowboy mythology. We prefer our heroes singular, not plural.
Or perhaps literature has become the province, largely, of the comfortably-off. I suspect this is closer to the truth. Writers might choose to starve to devote time to their art, but they themselves seem largely to come from the middle and upper classes of American society. The same may be especially true of those working in publishing and academia, people who had to have money to pay for school or to take unpaid internships in expensive cities like New York. These folks may not be interested in—or more likely may be made uncomfortable by—class issues, since they would necessarily resist any notion of their own privilege.
Monday, December 20, 2010
We've been hit hard by many of the same factors contributing to the nationwide decline of independent bookstores, including: big box stores, Amazon, the rise of e-books, and, more recently, a severe drop in textbooks sales.
Thursday, December 02, 2010
A lot of indie bookstores went down (or are going down) because they are too elitist, too focused on handselling what they consider to be "great literature" instead of great reads. If I get on Amazon and want to buy a beach read, I don't get sneered at by some indie bookstore clerk with an eyebrow ring and a condescending attitude. Amazon makes suggestions, but no judgments. I have been in way too many indie bookstores where the staff was unwelcoming, unfriendly, ill-informed and frankly unpleasant. No wonder people prefer to buy online.
Wednesday, December 01, 2010
"If Percival Everett isn't already a household name, it's because people are more interested in politics than truth."-Madison Smartt Bell
Congratulations, Percival...you deserve this award and more!
- Suder (1983)
- Walk Me to the Distance (1985)
- Cutting Lisa (1986)
- The Weather and Women Treat Me Fair: Stories (1987)
- For Her Dark Skin (1990)
- Zulus (1990)
- The One That Got Away (1992)
- God's Country: A Novel (1994)
- Big Picture: Stories (1996)
- Watershed (1996)
- Frenzy (1997)
- Glyph: A Novel (1999)
- Erasure: A Novel (2001)
- Grand Canyon, Inc. (2001)
- American Desert: A Novel (2004)
- Damned If I Do: Stories (2004)
- A History of the African-American people (proposed) by Strom Thurmond, as told to Percival Everett and James Kincaid (with James Kincaid) (2004)
- Wounded: A Novel (2005)
- The Water Cure (2007)
- I am Not Sidney Poitier: A Novel (2009)