Light Blogging for a Couple of Days

PG is working on a big project, so tomorrow, July 6, and the next day, July 7, TPV will have fewer posts than normal. Nobody is sick or dying/has died. All is well. Just some tasks that require that PG be heads-down and cogent for a few more (cogent) hours than there are in one … Read more

But the effect of her being on those around her

But the effect of her being on those around her was incalculably diffusive: for the growing good of the world is partly dependent on unhistoric acts; and that things are not so ill with you and me as they might have been, is half owing to the number who lived faithfully a hidden life, and … Read more

Two Books Plumb the Hidden Depths of the Fairy Tale

From The Wall Street Journal: Once upon a time, fairy tales were the rage in fashionable Paris. At literary salons and at the court of Louis XIV, ladies and gentlemen beguiled one another with fantastical tales of talking animals and monster-husbands; of djinns and sorcerers; of sleeping beauties and ravenous ogres. Many tales had their … Read more

When Story Is Medicine

From Writer Unboxed: There are many different kinds of stories in this world. Stories that stoke our curiosity with tantalizing clues and tricky plot reveals. Stories that touch our hearts with “aww, isn’t that sweet, the world isn’t a total flaming Dumpster fire” sorts of moments. Stories that linger with us for a few days, … Read more

HarperCollins Union Authorizes Strike

From Publishers Weekly: Unionized employees of HarperCollins have voted to authorize a strike if the publisher does not agree to a fair contract. The union, Local 2110 of the UAW, represents more than 250 HC employees in the design, editorial legal, marketing, publicity, and sales departments. According to the union, current contract negotiations with HC … Read more

Readying Authors for Their Close-Ups

From Publishers Weekly: When an editor recently asked me for a photographer’s credit for my author photo, I paused. The one I’d been using—a selfie taken amid a wall of vintage license plates in Tinkertown, N.Mex.—had, up until this moment, seemed to suit me fine. It was summer. I was relaxed. Genuinely happy, road-tripping through … Read more

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