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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.