My final guest post at ForeWord Magazine, an introduction to book design, is now up.
So many people admire John Updike — one local editors says he should win the Nobel for literature — that I am almost afraid to voice my dissenting opinion that he will one day be viewed as one of the twentieth century’s most overrated authors. “I like middles,” Updike once asserted, whereas I prefer borders.
But let’s not speak ill of this dedicated man of letters now that he’s gone. Following are some of the best Updike links (and a few brief ones) I have found from the first wave of appreciations. Soon, I am sure, we will have more in-depth retrospectives.
The next installment of my series of columns that is running at Foreword Magazine this month is up. This one looks at why publishers should try to optimize direct online sales. The next column will look at some ways to improve numbers from this segment.
If in fact they are — but so claims the National Endowment for the Arts.
For the first time in more than 25 years, American adults are reading more literature, according to a new study by the National Endowment for the Arts. Reading on the Rise documents a definitive increase in rates and numbers of American adults who read literature, with the biggest increases among young adults, ages 18-24. This new growth reverses two decades of downward trends cited previously in NEA reports such as Reading at Risk and To Read or Not To Read.
Why might this be? Several theories have been advanced, but as yet I haven’t heard anyone who shares my take.
Sure, it’s a little overcast, and it rained a bit earlier. But wouldn’t you expect there to be someone on the beach at 1:00 in the afternoon?
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