doesn’t challenge [. . .] never […] especially urgent [. . .] a stand-up double
Perhaps nothing to do with Ken’s decision-making – but, for readers with scores and hundreds of books on to-read lists, this smile-and-wave will cause no attraction, and that indifference means scores and hundreds of other books come first.
i like that the book you won’t read is by the guy who is the editor-in-chief of the journal of an essay you link us to. there’s nothing wrong with that, i just thought it was funny. but, the essay is interesting.
i read twelve by mcdonell in college. i hated it at first, but have grown to appreciate it as a first novel though i still hate how much support it received, way more than most first novels would receive. reading the essay was sort of awesome in that here is this person whose concerns were much more childish in the book he wrote at 18, but here he is much more mature, and yet not with answers, but with mostly more questions. I like that.
does everyone auction their novels? That sounds like a great idea. Can I auction my novel without letting anyone read it? That would be sort of important, I think.
I read the first chapter of “Fielding” and there was just nothing to get the least bit excited about. The question that lingers for me is to what extent it was a calculation by Harbach. Did he set out to write a book that would be a hit, or is he just really into bloated white-meat writing?