From David L. Ulin’s piece in the LA Times:
To understand the significance of Kornblum’s work at Toothpaste Press and Coffee House, we have to remember what the American publishing landscape looked like then. Largely homogenous, based in New York and bound by its own peculiar hierarchies, it was an exclusionary business for those who didn’t fit the mold.
Kornblum was one of the pioneers who changed that, publishing on his own terms, aesthetic and otherwise.
Steven Sotloff was reportedly beheaded by Islamic State representatives. The Washington Post reports the Florida native was abducted after entering Syria from Turkey on August 4, 2013, adding, “he had covered turmoil in countries including Egypt and Libya, where his reporting served as the basis of a Time magazine reconstruction of the September 11, 2012, attack on U.S. compounds in Benghazi.”
Foley, who had been captured once before by soldiers in Libya and later released, said of the ordeal, “I believe that front line journalism is important. Without these photos and videos and firsthand experience, we can’t really tell the world how bad it might be.”
“It seemed an Age was over.” From Nadine Gordimer’s No Time Like the Present.
“I love what I do.
After forty-three years and over one hundred books, it still amazes me that I have been lucky enough to spend most of my life doing what I truly love: writing. That people read what I write, that I have won awards for my writing , and that I have been able to make a living at it are extras for which I am very grateful. Success at writing simply means that I am able to continue to write instead of having to get some other job. The many returns my readers have given me for my efforts have exceeded my most ambitious expectations.” From Just Write: Here’s How!
“Ned was bending over backwards to make me feel sympathetic for this actor who’d dismissed Ned’s script as a piece of shit, and I frowned. ‘Ned,’ I said firmly, ‘You are absolutely ruining this good gossip right now.’ But that wasn’t what it was. I realized later that Ned simply couldn’t tell a story without rendering a character in three dimensions.” — from “Remembering Ned Vizzini, the Great Storyteller,” by Kyle Buchanan.
“Janet Dailey was a trailblazing romance author who matured into a serious chronicler of western history, emphasizing love of the land and the passionate men and women who forged the American west. Her fans will miss her but none more than myself, her friend and agent for decades.” — Richard Curtis.