Monday, July 5, 2010

How To Curb Suffering

"Writing as a form of suffering is no longer possible when you publish yourself," Garrison Keillor told an audience at the Authors' Guild Gala. "When you become your own publicist, you have to interview yourself."  True, I guess.  Not sure I understand what it means.  Go here for more. p.s. Happy Independence, Rosemary Ahern.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Mr. Keillor riffed on the gloom accompanying the heralded death of print and the deprofessionalization of writing before the guild's Award for Distinguished Service to the Literary Community was presented to New Yorker editor David Remnick.

Yes, I'm sure if someone from Lake Woebegone self-published his memoirs of life in a small town it would be nonetheless literary. But wait, all the people are above average, so I guess David Remnick publishes them in the New Yorker straight from the slush pile. Oy vey.

Anonymous said...

"Writing as a form of suffering is no longer possible when you publish yourself,"


But there's always the self-marketing to make up for that first lost layer of suffering...

Anonymous said...

deprofessionalization? code for, people who aren't old white males and who have nerve to write? they took our jerbs...