Writing links: facts, tech, lies, and nympho librarians

How about some links to articles about writing?

Nathan Bransford asks: “Why are so many literary writers technophobic?”

First Jonathan Franzen argued that e-books are damaging society and suggested that all “serious” readers read print.

Last week Pulitzer Prize winner Jennifer Egan complained of social networking, “Who cares that we can connect? What’s the big deal?”

… Have lit writers become our resident curmudgeons? Or are they just like any other cross-section of the population? Is it tied to deeper fear of the transition in the book business? Is it just not interesting to think new stuff is cool?

I, for one, welcome our new insect overlords.

Facts Are Stupid: An essayist and his fact-checker go to battle over the line between true and false.

I wonder how any reader can take D’Agata seriously when “What Happens There,” the essay being checked in Lifespan, is rife with inaccuracies, altered quotes, half-remembered events, and outright falsehoods. “You feel misled by my essay,” he said. “I accept that. You feel that it’s inappropriate for me to have done this. While I feel that it’s a necessary part of my job to do this. By taking these liberties, I’m making a better work of art—a truer experience for the reader—than if I stuck to the facts.”

Artist or jackass? Discuss.

Disgraced author Quentin Rowan gets a profile in the New Yorker: The Plagiarist’s Tale.

I know a number of people who are upset that Rowan has received such attention, when many wonderful and legitimate writers remain unheralded. But the profile is unsparing. Someone even says Rowan reminded her of “McLovin” from Superbad.

And finally: Are libraries truly dens of smut? Don’t worry, you’re safe — the question’s being asked by the Paris Review. Checking Out.

3 responses to “Writing links: facts, tech, lies, and nympho librarians

  1. “The library sex fantasy has, in other words, entered an apocalyptic period.” I didn’t realize that our insect overlords were also – gasp! – responsible for digital penetration into the comely stacks of library porn. That’s a low blow.

    (Mea culpa, mea maxima culpa . . .)

  2. Love that librarian. I like that he likes her even without her taking off her glasses and letting down her hair. Must be her brains.

  3. I must go to the wrong library…

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