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The Future of Fiction
by multiple authors

The Future of Fiction
by multiple authors

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31 Questions and Statements about the Future of Literary Publishing, Bookstores, Writers, Readres, and Other Matters

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 O'Brien, J. (1996). 31 Questions and Statements about the Future of Literary Publishing, Bookstores, Writers, Readres, and Other Matters. In ? _The Future of Fiction._ Dalkey Archive Press, pp. 83-90

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[...] Why must we now pay $25 for a book? Not because of the cost of producing the book; we pay $25 so that everyone along the way can get his cut, as inadequate as that cut may be. No one wants to consider what the actual costs are; no one, especially the publisher, wants to consider this because it raises the question of what need there is, or isn't, for all the middlemen, including--as presently constituted--the publisher.

on ebooks

—p.83 by John O'Brien 1 year, 9 months ago

[...] Why must we now pay $25 for a book? Not because of the cost of producing the book; we pay $25 so that everyone along the way can get his cut, as inadequate as that cut may be. No one wants to consider what the actual costs are; no one, especially the publisher, wants to consider this because it raises the question of what need there is, or isn't, for all the middlemen, including--as presently constituted--the publisher.

on ebooks

—p.83 by John O'Brien 1 year, 9 months ago
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Does it make any difference whether literature survives? Maybe not, but only in the sense that to people alive right now, it may not make any difference whether the environment survives; they won't be around to choke on the water or to breathe in pure CO. Both literature and the environment have to do with the quality of life, as do music, ballet, museums. We can, of course, survive without ballet, but survive to do what?

—p.87 by John O'Brien 1 year, 9 months ago

Does it make any difference whether literature survives? Maybe not, but only in the sense that to people alive right now, it may not make any difference whether the environment survives; they won't be around to choke on the water or to breathe in pure CO. Both literature and the environment have to do with the quality of life, as do music, ballet, museums. We can, of course, survive without ballet, but survive to do what?

—p.87 by John O'Brien 1 year, 9 months ago
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[...] No one will agree with this and I don't want to spend the time arguing it. Or: Hemingway's fiction created the American male. Again, I don't have the time. [...]

thought this was funny

—p.88 by John O'Brien 1 year, 9 months ago

[...] No one will agree with this and I don't want to spend the time arguing it. Or: Hemingway's fiction created the American male. Again, I don't have the time. [...]

thought this was funny

—p.88 by John O'Brien 1 year, 9 months ago