Posts Tagged: fame
In America, everybody, it seems, wants to be a success. Me, too.
Recently, I confided to a family member that sometimes, in moments of deep despair (fortunately they are fairly uncommon), I find myself contemplating suicide as the most sensible retirement plan....more
Julian Hanna reviews Stefany Anne Goldberg and Morgan Meis’s Dead People at 3:AM Magazine. The book eulogizes twenty-nine people Goldberg and Meis handpicked themselves with short obituaries. Hanna writes that the twenty-nine obituaries all offer, “something lively and curious.” Each is, “an all-night drunken wake, a celebration of whatever it was I managed to contribute to intellectual life during my brief stint among the living.”...more
The Internet has been (rightfully) full of David Bowie tributes in the last week, including a series of pieces about the icon’s influence on hip-hop music.
Noisey traced Bowie’s public admiration for hip-hop, beginning with the 1993 clip of Bowie asking MTV why the network wasn’t featuring black artists that went viral following his death, and leading up to him citing Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp a Butterfly as one of the major influences on the making of Blackstar....more
If you are uncertain about whether you’ve made it as an author yet, you can self-check using Electric Literatures’s flow chart....more
In the New York Times Book Review, Roger Rosenblatt shares some of the humiliations of being an often unrecognized writer. From poorly attended readings to interviewers who don’t know who he is, Rosenblatt could easily be jaded, but instead, he puts a positive spin on his relative anonymity:
It is much better for a writer to be underrecognized than over, in terms of keeping one’s head down, like the proverbial Japanese nail, so that one might observe the world unhammered and unimpeded.
Anne Helen Petersen’s Scandals of Classic Hollywood column is consistently one of the best features at The Hairpin, even for those among us who have never heard of any of these actors because we barely have the attention span to sit through a modern-day movie, let alone one in black and white where the married couples are sleeping in separate beds....more
Oftentimes an author’s most popular work is not actually his or her best, qualitatively speaking.
What about those other under-the-radar books that don’t seem to get to get credit where credit’s due? Joseph Heller wrote other books beside Catch-22, right?...more
What happens when a book is shortlisted for the Orwell prize and its author chooses to remain pseudonymous? Possibly, the beginning of a new canon.
“Strictly speaking this isn’t anonymity but pseudonymity – and while whole books have been written about Anon (not least by the Guardian’s own book club supremo John Mullan), less is known about its sibling Pseud.”