Hitting It Two Times
First, people are still asking if poetry matters. (Yeah, we've done this before.)
Gregory Cowles of The New York Times doesn’t offer any new thoughts — (no, poetry no longer matters; no, it is not the audience’s fault; poetry has become insular and will not matter again until it speaks to the public) — but he answers in such a way as not to make my teeth grate, which is an accomplishment.
Second, remember Michelle Kerns’s book review cliché bingo? Well, Flavorwire created a version for music reviews.
Third, Paul Edwards wrote a book titled How to Rap. I reviewed it.
Now, Edwards has posted an uncut interview with Kool G Rap that he did as research for the book.
I enjoy reading about artists’ creative processes. It doesn’t matter if that artist is G Rap or Victor Hugo.
Fourth, The New Yorker has published the best explanation I’ve seen on the state of the publishing industry thus far. One of the most insightful thoughts comes from Russ Grandinetti, the vice-president in charge of Kindle Content. From The New Yorker:
"In Grandinetti’s view, book publishers—like executives in other media—are making the same mistake the railroad companies made more than a century ago: thinking they were in the train business rather than the transportation business. To thrive, he believes, publishers have to reimagine the book as multimedia entertainment."
But here’s the most telling fact:
"In reality the profits earned by the relatively small percentage of authors whose books make money essentially go to subsidizing less commercially successful writers. The system is inefficient, but it supports a class of professional writers, which might not otherwise exist."
In other words, Dan Brown, Stephenie Meyer and J.K. Rowling are probably funding some of your favorite, current authors. We should be grateful.
Jason Lea, JLea@News-Herald.com
P.S. Thank you, Seth, for The New Yorker link. Lebron still isn't going to the Knicks.