off the record
There is something romantic about the chug-a-chug sound and long swath of time watching the scenery go by that makes writers yearn for a sleeping car of one’s own, laptop in hand.
Maybe it’s because it harkens back to a simpler time, before social media and blog posts, when train travel was a glamorous way to see the country, a time when a train entering a tunnel served as a handy euphemism for consummating a marriage.
HBO’s critically acclaimed show Girls is mixing it up for Season 3 … and leaving a few names behind. Don’t start crying yet: it’s not any of the cast members. In an article last month by Joe Pompeo, a source spilled the beans that three of the show’s L.A. writers will not be returning to the already-small writers’ room. But why?
Well, relocation, to start. The eternal struggle between L.A. lifers and chronic New Yorkers: the oldest story in the book. But also, more things!
FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION
Flavorwire posted a list of New York’s 100 most important living writers, in slideshow form. And it generated no Twitter grumbling, sarcastic remarks and general Internet complaints at all.
Just kidding. The list debuted to the predictable click-bait bonanza of disbelief and Schadenfreude.
Pippa Middleton—the sister-in-law of Prince William of England, and the sister of Kate Middleton, who is a goddamn princess, literally—is supposedly considering a move, possibly to New York City. She’s been missing from the London social circuit, her royal handlers are referring to her as the “Pippa Problem” for her hard-partying ways, and a move to Paris is likely nixed following an incident involving a French aristocrat she was with pointing a gun at a paparazzo.
She should move to Brooklyn. This is why:
WE ARE BROKE
On Friday morning, a group of picketers gathered outside the reality TV production company Atlas Media—among them, AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka and Writers Guild of America East executive director Lowell Peterson. The protest was in support of negotiations ongoing with Atlas Media to provide its writers with health care. “When Workers Get Sick, Atlas Shrugs,” Read More
New York City is one of the world’s gravitational centers for the media and publishing industries; this, of course, results in an inordinate concentration of English majors. News for up-and-coming English majors that already-graduated English majors are likely well-acquainted with: You’re not gonna make any money.
Jonathan Lethem, author of Motherless Brooklyn and a newly published essay collection, The Ecstasy of Influence, granted an interview with Bloomberg News. Asked to comment on his native borough from his new home in sunny California, Mr. Lethem gave the following response:
It’s been made blander, a little more accessible and it’s taken over the world.
2011 In Review
Counter to prevailing trends, the online culture magazine The Rumpus is starting a print subscription program. But, like other recently announced subscription plans, The Rumpus won’t be sending you a magazine: instead, for $5 a month, subscribers will receive a letter in the mail each week from a writer.
The demise of Oprah’s Book Club might have left publishing bereft, but there was plenty to celebrate in 2011: Amazon Publishing blithely ignored the sniping of the Big Six and installed itself as a player in New York, a billboard of Jeffrey Eugenides in a vest competed with the toothsome blondes gracing Times Square and Read More
Byliner, one of several publishers specializing in e-books longer than a magazine article and shorter than full-length books, has announced it will now publish fiction as well as non-fiction. “Rules for Virgins,” a 43-page story by Amy Tan, is the first work of fiction from the author of The Joy Luck Club in six years.