Navigating the World of Literary Agents

From The Millions:

If it sounds like I’m saying, “It’s all about who you know,” that’s because that is exactly what I’m saying. You can rail about how unfair that is, and how it makes publishing into an incestuous little club, and to a degree you would be right. But that’s the way the machine is built, people.

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Ayn Rand on Johnny Carson—1967

Love her or hate her, these are nonetheless interesting:

Part 1 and Part 2

Plus Cathy Young at Reason MagazineAugust 23, 2012.

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Free ebooks

From Literature Project. What it is:

Literature Project is a collection of free classic books, poems, speeches, and plays. For each piece of literature, we offer a free online eBook that can be easily read and searched.  In addition, each online book includes links to a downloadable eBook version. We also offer Text-to-Speech software that can be downloaded from our site.

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18 Rules of Living by the Dalai Lama

From The Unbounded Spirit. I particularly liked number 2—”When you lose, don’t lose the lesson”—and number 10—”Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.”

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Man of Many Parts—Charles Dickens

From The Economist—More Intelligent Life:

Notes on a Voice: this year marks Charles Dickens’s 200th anniversary. Emma Hogan tunes into a mind teeming with other people’s thoughts…

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The Philosopher With No Hands

From 3:AM Magazine—Whatever It Is, We’re Against It.

Eric Olson ponders on bodies and corpses, animals and people, asks whether Jeckyll was Hyde and whether he was ever a fetus. He has written two books, The Human Animal: Personal Identity Without Psychology and What Are We? A Study in Personal Ontology and is the groovy philosopher of philosophical animalism.

So what is “animalism?” Materialism, atheism, named differently?

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How Paperbacks Transformed the Way Americans Read

From Mental Floss:

Half a century before e-books turned publishing upside down, a different format threatened to destroy the industry.

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Woody Allen on Inspiration

From The Browser:

The film legend discusses books that have resonated with him, from JD Salinger to Elia Kazan and beyond

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