It isn’t a surprise to anyone that I am not the biggest fan of that literary ghetto of a genre,… Read more A Bunch of White Guys, or The Hugo Awards
Trigger Warning (As If)
Let the people write whatever they want, and let the readers make the decisions based on their own experience, and posterity will sort out the rest. I’m not sure that any intellectually curious reader would appreciate being told what is and isn’t safe reading.
Podcast: Catalogues, Books and Writing
So I wandered into a lovely office in a nursery in Johannesburg to speak at Radio Today, a community radio… Read more Podcast: Catalogues, Books and Writing
The Foolishness of Book Jackets
Bad cover design delegates books to the wrong sections, gives them the wrong or no readers and so often puts great books on sale tables, alone and unwanted and left to die next to untold numbers of Dan Brown books.
The War Continues: Amazon Throttles Legacy Publisher Sales
Oh look, it's happening again. Amazon has removed buy buttons before, in 2008, 2010 (twice) and 2012, and now they've decided they're going to try again and see if people allow it, AGAIN.
Criticism of The Fifty Shades Trilogy: Smackdown Round-up
I refuse to accept that there are better things for me to do with my time than round up all the best criticism of Fifty Shades of Fail. I could be saving kittens from trees, probably. However, if I could I would use this post to raise money for all the women that end up in abusive relationships like the one described in Shades of Black and Blue.
The State of South African Literature
“Why don’t you stock more local authors? Why can’t I find any South African poetry? Why are there so few… Read more The State of South African Literature
Tony Blair, A Journey and the Armchair Activists
Despite the fact that Fifty Shades of Grey is basically a handguide to how abusive relationships start, and that Game… Read more Tony Blair, A Journey and the Armchair Activists
The Life and Death of the Book Store
I don’t mean to wax lyrical and mewl like an old lady on her stoep with a blanket on her… Read more The Life and Death of the Book Store
Traditional versus Self-Publishing
Let it be said that the current publishing model, as a whole, doesn’t work perfectly. Great writers don’t make it,… Read more Traditional versus Self-Publishing