Aug 04, 2015
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Matthew Gasda

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Matthew Gasda's first novel "Moon on Water" is now available through online retailers and by order at bookstores everywhere.
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After Babel  |  

Still a Mostly Solitary Pursuit

There is very little large-scale synergy and interaction between a site like Goodreads and independent bookstores and cafes where people tend to meet specifically to discuss and trade books.

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Feature  |  

MFA vs NYC

N+1: There are two major styles of American fiction, which are determined, respectively, by the culture of college-town fiction workshops and the culture of the NY publishing industry.

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Feature  |  

Why is Indie Music So Much Cooler than Indie Books?

There is credibility in being an unknown, self-released musician; being a self-published writer, simply, there is not.

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After Babel  |  

Why Indies Don’t Have to Compete With Big Publishers

There is a comparison to be made between the growth of the publishing industry and the growth of Apple during its famous expansion from IPods to IPhones and IPads.

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News  |  

Tim Ferriss Doesn’t Want You to Pick Your Own Books

Ferriss wants to be both Oprah and Amazon and ITunes rolled into one…

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News  |  

The Trickle Up Effects of Kobo-Gate

Why There Were No Indies Titles on The New York Times Fiction Best Seller List This Week

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After Babel  |  

Laying Eggs

Millennials aren’t good at a few crucial things…but we are an entrepreneurial and adventurous generation–regardless of our faults.

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After Babel  |  

Scenes from a Bookstore: Part Two

Setting: A small “new and used” bookstore in San Francisco.

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After Babel  |  

Scenes from a Bookstore

Setting: A small “new and used” bookstore in San Francisco.

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After Babel  |  

Why I’m Giving Up the NYTimes Book Review Habit*

Like most American writers, I have read The New York Times Sunday Book Review every Sunday for as long as I have been a fully literate human being (a distinction I earned around my sophomore year of college).

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After Babel  |  

Print On Demand: The Little Engine that Can

Indie authors have already figured out, on an individual basis, that publishing themselves circumvents unnecessary pains in the traditional publishing universe, but literary communities haven’t adapted (or adopted) as quickly as literary individuals.

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After Babel  |  

Do You Know Who This Man Is?

The greatest living writer (in my opinion) is the South African novelist and essayist J.M. Coetze. He represents, I believe, one of the last vestiges of the romantic cult of genius, even if it this “cult” is not one Coetzee would literally subscribe to.

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Why Do I Write Such Good Books

This most recent article elicited praise and vitriol, both in the comment thread and in emails I’ve received from friends. The reason for this, I suspect, is that faith in oneself (as a writer)—self-confidence—is inherently and simultaneously obnoxious and charismatic.

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After Babel  |  

How Indie Authors Are Like Naked Emperors

To self-publish, to put one’s “great American” book into existence without affirmation from a publicly acknowledged filter, is to risk being an emperor without any clothes on—this is really what paralyzes otherwise ambitious writers from self-publishing.

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After Babel  |  

Indie Books and Their Critics

So what does this mean for the independent writer? It means that they can write a masterpiece, publish it themselves and that the few critics who might have critical tools powerful enough to analyze it, will likely be too busy reviewing the latest prepackaged, well-groomed novel whispered-down-the-alley from MFA to agent to editor to mainstream publisher, to read it.

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After Babel  |  

Signed, Sealed, Delivered

Saying that writers can flourish without maybe a thousand or more words a day of written introspection, intellectual dialogue, and emotional bloodletting is almost like saying that we should expect Brazil to continue to produce great soccer players if children were banned from playing in the street.

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After Babel  |  

Food for Thought

As writers and readers, we would benefit from being closer to our communities, creating markets for writers who disdain traditional outlets, and from allowing genuine face-to-face relationships to form between writers and readers.

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After Babel  |  

Do Today’s Novelists Lack Balls?

Writing a novel wasn’t an enterprise equal to others in the humanities, but a master-task that synthesized humanistic learning through verbal innovation: in other words, great writers had balls, and they backed it up with intellectual hunger and erudition.

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Literary Friendships

As much as I believe that a writer ought to be spiritually and aesthetically solitary—that is, ultimately self-reliant—I also believe that where there is a great book, there is almost always a great literary community.