links for 2009-07-04

  • "1. Firstly, let us prepare our general attitude towards portraiture. Remember that how you appear to your readers is fundamentally unimportant and has no impact on sales or your profile. Serious writers don’t do portraits. Those great photos of Auden, Beckett, Carver, Donaghy, Eliot, Hughes, Isherwood, well, those great photos did nothing to help us remember these writers, nothing at all. Put them in a gallery and we’d be lost. ‘Who are all these people?’ we’d say. ‘They sure don’t look like famous writers.’…"

    So funny.

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