In this collection of acerbic essays, Ugresic dissects the nature of the contemporary book industry, which she argues is so infected with the need to create and promote literature that will appeal to the masses--literally to everyone--that if Thomas Mann were writing nowadays, his books wouldn't even be published in the U.S. because they're not sexy enough.
A playful and biting critique, Ugresic's essays hit on all of the major aspects of publishing: agents, subagents, and scouts, supermarket-like bookstores, Joan Collins, book fairs that have little to do with books, authors promoted because of sex appeal instead of merit, and editors trying to look like writers by having their photograph taken against a background of bookshelves.
Thanks to cultural influences such as Oprah, The Today Show, and Kelly Ripa, best-seller lists have become just a modern form of socialist realism, a manifestation of a society that generally ignores literature in favor of the next big thing.
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There is a powerful piece about exile and its many meanings (and consequences), and Ugresic concludes with the best essay of all about a carpenter named Roy who helped remodel her Amsterdam apartment and who had also begun writing a novel called The Seventh Screw.| Read Full Review of Thank You for Not Reading
The book arose from a conflict between two feelings, she writes, that "self-respecting writers should not write about things that wise people prefer not to discuss" and then that, on the contrary, self-respecting writers should never try to be too wise.May 08 2004 | Read Full Review of Thank You for Not Reading
Most of the first fifteen or so essays are about this state-of-affairs - sometimes rather elliptical, often funny, sometimes a little too neat, Ugresic's short essay's (the first two sections consisting almost entirely of essays that are just three or four pages long) often return to the compelli...Jan 12 2003 | Read Full Review of Thank You for Not Reading
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