The American Scholar: Living on $500,000 a Year - William J. Quirk

Submitted by Blake on Sun, 09/06/2015 - 15:55

What can be learned from Fitzgerald’s tax returns? To start with, his popular reputation as a careless spendthrift is untrue. Fitzgerald was always trying to follow conservative financial principles.

From The American Scholar: Living on $500,000 a Year - William J. Quirk

Who Was Afraid of Ray Bradbury & Science Fiction? The FBI

Submitted by Blake on Tue, 08/25/2015 - 20:35

When you think of the most astute minds of our time, you might well think of Ray Bradbury’s — but you probably don’t think of him as one of the most astute terrorist minds of our time. The Federal Bureau of Investigation, however, saw things differently. Collaborative news site MuckRock found that out through files “released to former MuckRocker Inkoo Kang [which] document the decade the Bureau spent trying to determine if Bradbury was, if not a card-carrying Communist, at least a sympathetic ‘fellow traveler.'” See snippets of documents here from 1959.

Samuel Delany and the Past and Future of Science Fiction

Submitted by Blake on Thu, 07/30/2015 - 15:41

But Delany believes that, as women and people of color start to have “economic heft,” there is a fear that what is “normal” will cease to enjoy the same position of power. “There are a lot of black women writers, and some of them are gay, and they are writing about their own historical moment, and the result is that white male writers find themselves wondering if this is a reverse kind of racism. But when it gets to fifty per cent,” he said, then “we can talk about that.” It has nothing to do with science fiction, he reiterated.

A new collection of Henry James's letters reveals the early development of the writer.

Submitted by Blake on Sun, 06/14/2015 - 21:00

Next year will mark the centenary of James’s death. Given that armies of academics, during these hundred years, have eagerly picked over his literary remains, it’s rather surprising how many very arresting items here have never been published or even cited before. One reason for this, we’re told at the outset, is that “the James family . . . held an interest in preserving a certain public image of their ancestor.”

From A sufferable snob by Bruce Bawer - The New Criterion

A Year Later, #WeNeedDiverseBooks Has Left Its Mark On BookCon

Submitted by Bibliofuture on Fri, 05/29/2015 - 09:04

Publishing's big week is almost over. The industry's annual convention, BookExpo America, ends Friday in New York, and on Saturday the publishing world opens its doors to the public with BookCon, where avid readers will get the chance to mix and mingle with their favorite authors.