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LB: Yo, Novelists! Think Publishing via Kindle has Freed You?

by Larry Brody

Are you one of the many authors proudly self-publishing on Kindle? Merrily celebrating having cast aside the shackles of the big publishing houses and their creative, or maybe not-so-creative, demands?

It may behoove you to think again. Here’s how Parul Sehgal put it in The New Yorker for newyorker.com on October 25th: read article

WGAW November 2021 Calendar

A Public Service Announcement if ever there was one. Here’s what going on, socially and professionally,  at the Writers Guild of America West this month:

November 2021

Until further notice, the Guild has suspended in-person committee meetings and events, member meetings, and screenings at the Writers Guild Theater. Virtual events are listed below. Members must RSVP in advance to receive access info to participate in online events. read article

LB: Paul Krugman speaks ‘Of sandworms and social science’

pic from Warner Bros. & The New York Times

by Larry Brody

Paul Krugman isn’t someone whose name is associated with film/TV criticism, but he’s written a wonderful review of Dune calling it “…the Movie We Always Wanted” in the subscriber-only newsletter of none other than the illustrious New York Times that actually made Gwen and me ante up and watch the film.

Since the newsletter may not be accessible to all of you, I’ll quote the more salient points (defined as, “well, hey, they impressed me) here:

What makes “Dune” more than an ordinary space opera are two things: its subtlety and the richness of its world-building. read article

Herbie J Pilato & “the tasteful gossip” of Ron & Clint Howard’s new memoir

(EDITOR’S NOTE: We admit it. LB has talked about his reaction to The Boys a couple of times (HERE and HERE) but we’re happy to bring you Herbie J’s genuine, oh-so professional review. And guess what? Turns out he’s smitten with this book too.)

by Herbie J Pilato

Who hasn’t enjoyed Ron Howard on “The Andy Griffith Show” and “Happy Days,” or his younger brother Clint Howard on “Gentle Ben,” and in a remarkable guest spot on “Star Trek”? read article