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Writers Robert Stone and Rachel Kushner will headline a conversation event. Hear them on Tuesday, November 26th at The Strand from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. (New York, NY)

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Susan Sontag Was Once a Struggling Author

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Today Farrar, Straus and Giroux launched its new multimedia Work in Progress newsletter with a feature on the late Susan Sontag–including the letter (pictured) that publicists sent to literary critics and authors to promote her first book.

It should cheer up all the aspiring authors in the audience–even Sontag was a struggling writer once. The entry also contains an audio clip from 2000, as Sontag spoke with Robert Stone and William Styron.

The newsletter features a conversation between publisher Jonathan Galassi and author Jeffrey Eugenides, as the publisher struggles to uncover the title of his next novel.

Here’s more from the post: “FSG has published Susan Sontag since her debut novel The Benefactor. Here are a few selections from an archive of almost fifty years of material. Note the pitch-perfect location for the Volcano Lover publication party, and the lines from the teenage Sontag’s diary on the back of At the Same Time.”

Will Long-Form Journalism Survive?

forever-war.jpgCan long form journalism survive a recession and a major shift in reading habits? The average NYT Magazine cover story costs $40,000, according to an editor’s keynote speech at the 2009 CASE Editors’ Forum, and “considerably more” for war zone reporting.

Long-form journalism has produced many great books–from John Hersey‘s “Hiroshima” to Dexter Filkins‘s award-winning “The Forever War.” In a recent speech, NYT Magazine editor Gerald Marzorati spoke frankly about the future of this medium in a digital age, using both those books as reference points.

Marzorati also pondered how this form has influenced publishing: “on the front page of the Times Book Review, the novelist Robert Stone had compared Filkins’s book to that great volume of Vietnam reportage, Dispatches, by Michael Herr. Each was a classic, the one book that found a voice to speak of a generation’s war, Stone wrote. Stone was arguing that these books were literature, non-fiction literature, and that their authors were something more than reporters conveying information.”