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Moneyball, the movie:

Billy Beane: It’s hard not to be romantic about baseball. This kind of thing, it’s fun for the fans. It sells tickets and hot dogs. Doesn’t mean anything.

Fuck baseball. How can you not be romantic about book publishing?

Harper Lee’s Millions

Everyone was in on the auction last week. The proposal went out to fifteen hundred fucking people. Matt Damon got one. On Mars.

This post is for my fellow writers. No one else would understand.

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Effin Money

The money thing part 1: there is none in writing about comics

This stands in stark contrast to a piece that ran a few days ago on the Atlantic by Olga Khazan called Can Mommy Bloggers Still Make a Living? that showed CPMs circling the drain at an alarming rate. One mommy blogger who once made enough to support three people and pay for an assistant has now all but moved on[.]


I know I’ve said this before — just a few days ago in fact — but without my own Patreon campaign I couldn’t even keep this site running. For some insane reason, I live in NYC, where working two jobs 14 hours a day to pay for a room in an apartment with three other people living in it is pretty common. A 260-sq. foot apartment built from Legos in the middle of a park full of homeless people across the street from a mental hospital rents for $2000 a month here. (This is a block from Stately Beat Manor, BTW.)


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Mr. Robot: Best TV Of 2015


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Hollywood Dementia: No Paywall

Advisory: No More Paywall


Previously here:

Nikki Finke’s Hollywood Dementia Now Live!
Nikki Finke Returning!
The Second Rise Of Nikki Finke
Welcome Back, Nikki Finke!
Nikki Finke Going Solo Again

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True Detective Season 2 Finale: Speculative Spoiler


It’s really been nothing more than a regular cop show with some “fuck” thrown in.

The cops are generic cliché templates. There’s no one special like Cohle or as frustratingly ordinary as Hart.

I’ve enjoyed foreign cop shows more, such as Forbrydelsen and Braquo.

Spoilers ahead.

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Writing Truth

Via Twitter:


Previously here:

Prior Derek Raymond posts

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Writer Kills His Career With His Own Words

This is just awful: Cait’s Reviews > The Boy and the Peddler of Death.

The writer steps in and quickly displays the kind of mind that should never be seen in public.

It goes on for two pages.

Never, ever do this to yourself!

Next-day update: Being a coward, the writer deleted his posts. Tim Cushing pointed out in Comments that they’ve now been archived for everyone to still see.

Previously here:

Snooty Snobs Should STFU
Got A Bad Review? Really, Just STFU!

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More Troubling Signs

ReCode To Vox

Walt Mossberg, one of America’s two most famous tech columnists, shot himself in the foot. He left the “Wall Street Journal.” They’re finding out in news what we already know in music, you can go it alone, the internet allows you to do this, but in a chaotic world he with the established presence wins, the major record labels figured out the internet and the big news sites still rule.


And then you’ve got David Pogue, Mossberg’s nemesis, who left the “Times” for Yahoo and was promptly buried in the tsunami of bogus information on that site. He went from being one of the two experts to a nobody.


Bottom line… ReCode had the best tech news in the business. Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher built a team of experts. But nobody cared, nobody went to the site, they thought their minions would follow them but it turned out they were aligned more with the “Wall Street Journal,” their former home, than the writers themselves.

He didn’t even mention Katie Couric, who is supposed to have gone to Yahoo too (did she? Bueller? Bueller?).

I should have seen all of this coming. When the two biggest mouths of book publishing — who touted self-publishing — quickly sold themselves out to Amazon, that was the warning sign.

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Quote: Steven Moffat

Sherlock season 4: ‘Frightening, tough, emotional upheaval’

People want to be mocking of that [Fifty Shades of Grey]. But bloody hell, that’s amazing—that [EL James] turned her fandom of something into something that’s an industry in itself. Why are we not applauding until our hands bleed? No, we mock her. We say, “Oh, it’s not very good.” Except she managed to write something that everybody wants to read. It’s “not very good”? By what standard is it not good if loads and loads of people love it? “Why don’t you f–k off!” It’s not for me, but I think she’s awfully clever.

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Grave-Robbing The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

Sequel to Stieg Larsson’s Girl with the Dragon Tattoo trilogy set for 35 countries

This is the world as remade by lawyers. This is why movies are shit reboot after shit reboot. This is why TV does shit reboot after shit reboot. Art becomes “property,” like fucking real estate. Those who can’t do, who can never understand, rape the dreams of creators and turn them into whores for all the world to see.

Previously here:

The Girl With The Bank Account Tattoo
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo: Book And Movie Versions
Girl With The Dragon Tattoo Trailer Mashups
Shot By Shot: The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo Red Band Trailer
New Statesman – Girls, tattoos and men who hate women


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