There are many varied and stimulating paragraphs on a range of topics in this post by Michael Allen, the Grumpy Old Bookman. Here’s a taster:
Bloggers are firmly put in their place by… no. no. Must resist the temptation to say what I really think about this woman, especially after yesterday’s piece on libel. But one Sheila Kohler says this:
Occasionally someone may mention my books in a blog. I believe the dangers of this indiscriminate reporting on books is that people who have no knowledge of literature can air their views as though they were of value and may influence readers.
(Link from Galleycat.) God forbid, of course, that anyone should ever believe any of the crap that people put on blogs. This brilliant piece of analysis comes, by the way, from a woman who has just hired a publicist, who is, naturally, contacting lots of blogs….
As I have frequently said, the first requirement for working in the book world is a sense of humour.
Michael Allen’s blog is, as I am sure many would agree, as close to perfection as it is possible to get for a commenter on the book publishing and writing scene. I tend not to highlight his posts very often for two main reasons: first, because everyone else does (we all think he is great); and second, because his posts, like the one linked above, tend to be so long and varied, covering a vast range of topics, that one cannot provide a link as shorthand for a particular take on a subject, as one can do for so many other blogs. This habit has become more common since Michael had his "I’m not going to be blogging very often from now on" moment a month or two back. Irrespective of this tendency to write one long kaleidoscopic, wide-ranging post, I am very glad Michael does continue to blog , as I always enjoy reading his highly individual point of view.