Monday, March 15, 2010

Jeanette Winterson on writing

So I keep on writing the story — for myself, for others — knowing that the flexibility and energy of an emerging narrative — why we always need new books and new voices — is the antidote to the rigid moribund narratives of vested interests and mass culture.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

The Big Mysterious World of Roberto Bolano(3)

You get another new character in Part 3: Oscar Fate, a New York reporter who comes to Detroit to interview an ex-Black Panther, but finally shows up at Santa Teresa to cover a boxing match. Just around this time the city was convulsing with frequent and random killings of young women by a suspected serial killer. Fate gets interested and wants to write an article about it, but his editor in NewYork rejects the idea, and asks him to go back just covering the boxing assignment.

During his stay in the city, he comes in touch with a gang comprising a local reporter, a film buff and a woman called Rosa Mendez. He also meets a Mexico City reporter who is investigating the killings of women. Just after the boxing match Fate goes along with the gang who had with them a pretty woman called Rosa Almafitano, daughter of Oscar Almafitano whom we knew about in Part 1 and part 2.

Fate sniffs something foul, and suspects that Rosa is going to be killed. He salvages her, and later takes her along into US, following in her fater’s advice.

This part reads like a thriller, though with Bolano touch throughout. It however leaves me somewhat clueless about the core of theme. I have a feel that the story is derailed and loses its consistency. But of course I’m not so sure of it.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Literary lion chooses e-publishing

John Edgar Wideman, a fixture of the American literary establishment and two-time winner of the prestigious Faulkner Award for fiction, has chosen to e-publish his latest work, breaking from the traditional model he has used to successfully publish more than 20 other works.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

When E-publishing is the only option

DNA, a Mumbai daily, has published an article So what if you can't publish my book after talking to some e-book authors(yours truly among them).

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