Saturday, April 09, 2005

Read This! United by Love

"Marking a departure from the solitary life of reading and writing, about 20 independent literary bloggers announced Friday that they will begin working together in hopes of drawing readers to books they feel deserve more attention, while seeking to generate more and deeper public discussions of literature....Mark Sarvas, who drew the project together, described the effort as less an awared program than a conversation starter.

"We want to shine a light on literary fiction likely to get overlooked and lost in the shuffle...The mission is to see what happens when 10 to 20 lit bloggers get behind a title and push hard. Does it make a difference?"

--L.A. Times article [April 9, 2005] on the Litblog Cooperative


Bob Liter said...

This, as many have already said, is a great idea. It will be interesting to see the results. I would think sales of the featured novel will jump. Let's hope so.
Bob Liter

Ami said...

Let's all join hands and sing Kumbaya...

Anonymous said...

So, people actually read literary fiction?

TLG said...

literary what? ;) I kaint read the big werds.

It sounds like a great idea. I'd check that place out ALL the time. Finding stuff to read that doesn't suck isn't always easy. Being lead to less-noticed material by people capable of making good suggestions will be awesome.

Anonymous said...

McLemee has a good colum today about the Litblog Co-op: here.

Anonymous said...

I applaud the effort, but back in the day, wasn't this what we used to call a "magazine," or even (forgive me) a webzine?

A VOCATION OF UNHAPPINESS [Courtesy Georges Simenon (1903-1985)]

"Writing is considered a profession, and I don't think it is a profession. I think that everyone who does not need to be a writer, who thinks he can do something else, ought to do something else. Writing is not a profession but a vocation of unhappiness. I don't think an artist can ever be happy."

PRACTICAL MARKETING [Courtesy Zornhau, 2005]

"They should put the 1st couple of pages up in subway adverts. Having read them several times, you'd feel compelled to try the book - if it was any good."

PLATE OF SHRIMP [Courtesy Alex Cox’s REPO MAN, circa 1984]

"A lot of people don't realize what's really going on. They view life as a bunch of unconnected incidences and things. They don't realize that there's this like lattice of coincidence that lays on top of everything. I'll give you an example, show you what I mean. Suppose you're thinking about a plate of shrimp. Suddenly somebody will say like "plate" or "shrimp" or "plate of shrimp" out of the blue, no explanation. No point in looking for one either. It's all part of a cosmic unconsciousness."