Friday, August 17, 2007

Howard Junker sings The Stones on YouTube

http://youtube.com/watch?v=L8Q76tYhUUo

The literary world needs more of this.

Quotes by Junker:

Editing is like brain surgery—if you don’t know what you’re doing, you can do a lot of harm. But I do, and if I say I can bore a hole in your skull and rip out that tumor, I can. I’ve killed a few, but I move on. You’re welcome to a second opinion.

http://www.zyzzyva.org/fw00.acceptance.htm

I used to quote Flannery O’Connor whenever I talked at writers’ conferences; she said that the trouble with writing programs was not that they stifled writers, but that they didn’t stifle enough. Whenever I’d say something like that at a conference, however, everybody hated me. What they wanted me to do was to help them sustain the illusion.

http://www.zyzzyva.org/fw00.rejection.htm

[On making editorial choices based on a notion of multiculturalism or the politically correct]
Writing, I think, is one of the supreme ways to explore otherness. That’s what the imagination is all about. I think a man can write from a woman’s point of view, or at least try to, just as whites can write about blacks, and so on. The effort to imagine The Other is always perilous, but it can and should be done. I am opposed to every injunction that tries to limit what a writer can attempt to imagine.

http://www.zyzzyva.org/fw00.guidelines.htm

2 comments:

Melanie said...

That is the funniest thing I have ever seen. I really enjoyed reading those little essays that the links you sent me open into.

Kate said...

That editing bit is dead-on my experience with editing a certain retail catalog that shall remain nameless.

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