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Blog entries on '22 March 2007'

Thursday 22 March 2007

Editor's Corner blog

My blog over at The Book Depository website, Editor's Corner as I've styled it, hadn't really got going over the past couple of weeks. I've posted some interesting links, but the blog hadn't really got an identity. Well, hopefully that is beginning to change. Over the past couple of days, I've blogged Waterstones goes lowbrow, What use copyright? and How can publishers influence blogs and bloggers? Each of these posts could happily also have been posted here, but I want to keep RSB for more literary (and personal and political) matters and over at Editor's Corner just deal with stuff that is affecting the publishing industry. Obviously, there will be the occassional overlap, but the intention is to keep the two fairly much apart.

Update: The comments facility on my Editor's Corner blog wasn't working. It now is. I thank you! 

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Thursday 22 March 2007

Paul Griffiths in Handcuffs

The excellent writer and music critic (and RSB contributor) Paul Griffiths (whose The Substance of Things Heard I heartily, nay vigorously, recommend) is featured in the latest Golden Handcuffs Review. The issue features two chapters from Paul's latest novel let me tell you (the full work is out next year with Reality Street Editions). As Steve noted, Paul explains that the novel is "a narrative in which the Ophelia of Shakespeare's Hamlet tells her story in her own words – literally, in that she is restricted to the 481 different words she speaks in the play (including both quartos as well as the First Folio text). Where other characters from the play speak, they are similarly confined to the words Shakespeare gave them."

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Memorial Tablet

Squire nagged and bullied till I went to fight,
(Under Lord Derby’s Scheme). I died in hell—
(They called it Passchendaele). My wound was slight,
And I was hobbling back; and then a shell
Burst slick upon the duck-boards: so I fell
Into the bottomless mud, and lost the light.

At sermon-time, while Squire is in his pew,
He gives my gilded name a thoughtful stare:
For, though low down upon the list, I’m there;
‘In proud and glorious memory’... that’s my due.
Two bleeding years I fought in France, for Squire:
I suffered anguish that he’s never guessed.
Once I came home on leave: and then went west...
What greater glory could a man desire?

-- Siegfried Sassoon
Collected Poems (Faber and Faber)

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The New Spirit of Capitalism The New Spirit of Capitalism
Luc Boltanski; Eve Chiapello
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Steve Lake, Paul Griffiths

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