- General: If you have a membership, Publishers Lunch has excellent coverage.
- Readers: WSJ has a list of closing stores as well as a hopeful piece declaring "Reading Isn't Dead."
- Writers: Pimp My Novel presents several effects in handy bullet-o-vision, and John Scalzi explains worrying that you'll get screwed is the wrong tense.
- Number people: Bloomberg has an overview of the store's new loans.
- Book sellers: How an Ohio independent is surviving the slow down, and how booksellers in the Northeast are converting abandoned chain stores into successful indies.
If you are a writer, or if you want to be, you need to make it important. You need to make a ruthless and wild-eyed commitment. Say: my writing is as important as my job, as important as my classes, as important as my (gasp!) kids.
Here’s the real secret about this: you will have less guilt if you separate writing like this. It will get rid of that niggling sense that you shouldn’t be watching a sitcom because you Should Be Writing. When you’re in your writing space, write. When you’re not, don’t. Let the guilt go.
Court yourself closer to the writing in the way a church courts us to come closer to God. Ritualize your space and refuse to feel silly about it.
Their theory is that if we severely weaken copyright protections, innovation will truly flourish. It’s a seductive thought, but it ignores centuries of scientific and technological progress based on the principle that a creative person should have some assurance of being rewarded for his innovative work.
The useless days will add up to something. The shitty waitressing jobs. The hours writing in your journal. The long meandering walks. The hours reading poetry and story collections and novels and dead people’s diaries and wondering about sex and God and whether you should shave under your arms or not. These things are your becoming.