Robert Christgau: Dean of American Rock Critics

Consumer Guide:
  User's Guide
  Grades 1990-
  Grades 1969-89
  Expert Witness
Books:
  Going Into the City
  Consumer Guide: 90s
  Grown Up All Wrong
  Consumer Guide: 80s
  Consumer Guide: 70s
  Any Old Way You Choose It
  Don't Stop 'til You Get Enough
Writings:
  CG Columns
  Rock&Roll& [new]
  Rock&Roll& [old]
  Music Essays
  Music Reviews
  Book Reviews
  NAJP Blog
  Playboy
  Blender
  Rolling Stone
  Billboard
  Video Reviews
  Pazz & Jop
  Recyclables
  Newsprint
  Lists
  Miscellany
Bibliography
NPR
Web Site:
  Home
  Site Map
  What's New?
Carola Dibbell:
  Carola's Website
  Archive
Venues:
  Noisey
CG Search:
Google Search:
Twitter:

Articles [NAJP]

The Book Recourse

Just a link, and not even about arts journalism--or even journalism, you could say. Though on the other hand you could say this fact- and insight-filled essay about the book publishing industry by Daniel Menakeris arts journalism. But the reason I'm calling attention to it is that this blog is for and about writing and writers, and whether or not a writer counts himself or herself a journalist, the chances are very good he or she is thinking about writing a book--because most journalists do, and because in this parlous employment environment writing a book feels like credible backup and/or stopgap. Menaker's piece puts that enterprise into perspective while exemplifying the kind of balancing act all of us who write for money are involved in (except perhaps that he never mentions the teaching fantasy and/or recourse). It was published in Barnes & Noble Review, which is celebrating a redesign and where I am lucky enough to have a column. That Barnes & Noble has a financial interest in promoting writing about books is obvious. That not every such interested party pays for so much good writing or countenances so much negative criticism may not be. A great outlet.

Articles, Sept. 14, 2009


Revibed Neither