Thursday, June 2, 2011

We're moving!

We're moving this blog to a new site; we'll publish the URL as soon as it's set. Meanwhile, we'll continue to update the ongoing list of Select Editions titles at this link.

Thanks for your support. We're not going to change much, other than our address.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Thoughts from a literary agent

Andrew Wylie has ruffled a few feathers recently, battling with publishers over digital book rights. You could say he's at the forefront of whatever we're doing in the future, but he's also a solid representative of quality publishing. So the thoughts he shared with Daniel Gross at WSJ.com are worth thinking about.

"So the business we're in is to identify and capture and anticipate the value of books that are inherently classics, future classics. If publishers did the same there would be less of the wild weekend in Las Vegas approach to acquisition that distinguishes the industry and its decline.... We try to avoid people who can't write. You can usually spot them from the first sentence, or from the cover letter. It's a little like sitting in the audience at Carnegie Hall and watching someone walk up to a piano. If you're trained, you can tell the difference between someone who knows how to play and someone who doesn't. Of course, sometimes you want to work with people who have a significant achievement, which is not writing, and so that usually requires closer editing, and ghostwriting. Heads of state are not always the best writers."

Read the article, Andrew Wylie: The superagent on upholding great literature in an e-reading world.

Marilyn Monroe would be 85 today

Eighty-five years ago on June 1, Norma Jeane Mortenson was born. Also known as Norma Jeane Baker and Marilyn Monroe. And Mrs. Joe DiMaggio. And Mrs. Arthur Miller. Our fascination with her did not end with her death in 1962. If anything, it became more intense, and even today, consciously or unconsciously, she is a career and role model for many performers and a person of interest to the general public.

We offer two clips that capture her essence. First, you can watch a short scene from "Some Like it Hot" at YouTube where she meets her new friends Daphne and Josephine (Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis). And right here you can watch what is perhaps her most emblematic performance, singing "Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend." The human set design is more than a little bizarre, proving that there is nothing new under the sun with those modern day Marilyn wannabes.