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Posts Tagged ‘Anna Holmes’

Free Samples of Favorite Reads From 15 New York Times Columnists

nytlogoFifteen writers have been working as contributors for the “Bookends” column at The New York Times. All of them have revealed the titles that gave them “their favorite reading experience of 2014.” Below, we’ve collected free samples of most of the books on the list for your reading pleasure.
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Urban Outfitters Refuses to Carry Jezebel Founder’s New Book

jezebelGawker Media’s Jezebel blog has published more than one snarky post about Urban Outfitters and it is coming back to haunt them. The retailer is retaliating by banning the new book by Jezebel founding editor Anna Holmes from its shelves.

According to a report in The New York Daily News, Urban Outfitters told the publisher Grand Central that they won’t be stocking the upcoming Jezebel coffee table book. The is a hit for the new title The Book of Jezebel, which is aimed at the same demographic that shops in Urban Outfitters stores. The book is an encyclopedic guide based on coverage in the blog and includes topics such as pop culture, feminism, fashion, and sex, all of which are widely discussed on the site. Read more

Let’s All Cry for Authors With Big Book Deals

To be fair, I’m generally sympathetic to the point of view presented by the New York Observer’s Gillian Reagan about why a big book deal can prove to be a curse. In fact, a few drinks in my belly and I’ll start ranting and listing examples of all the mega-auction deals that went nowhere and how careers are better off getting started with healthy, if not outsized, advances. And it’s also important to point out that, say, a six figure advance really translates into less than half when taxes and agency commissions are factored in. And the comments made by Leah McLaren, Nathan Englander, Rachel Sklar and Anna Holmes are generally interesting and entertaining. But then I read the words of 25 year old aspiring writer Brendan Sullivan (left, with Planned TV Arts publicist Peter Horan) and my sympathy kind of goes away:

Writing has ruined my life and cost me many, many girlfriends. I have thrown away several careers and one college degree to spend my time working in bars, D.J.’ing in bars and drinking my rejection letters away. I wouldn’t wish this on my worst enemy, and I’ve made many of them since I started…I also abandoned my agent with words harsher than those I’ve saved for lost loves.”

Hmm, maybe some of those “27 jobs” Sullivan’s had since moving from Kenyon College in Ohio will actually, I don’t know, give him real ideas to write about instead of what he learned in school?