March 30, 2012
On the Rules of Literary Fiction for Men and Women -

"The top tier of literary fiction — where the air is rich and the view is great and where a book enters the public imagination and the current conversation — tends to feel peculiarly, disproportionately male." —Meg Wolitzer

It’s an oft-made argument, but it bears repeating, and re-reading.

February 10, 2012

Public Service Announcement: Literary Magazines still exist! And they are “offbeat,” “itty bitty,” and “platform-agnostic.”

Check these out.

(Thanks, NYT!)

January 19, 2012
The agony of the male novelist

"For the most part, however, male authors are somewhat like male porn stars: getting work, but out-earned and outnumbered by their female counterparts, who are in far greater demand from the audience (for very different reasons)…I’d like to have a wider audience; any honest writer would tell you the same. But on balance, I have no complaints. Neither should Jennifer Weiner."

—Teddy Wayne in Salon

Jennifer Weiner is not complaining about her exposure—she’s making a point about the ratio of male-to-female writers that are reviewed by the New York Times. Whether or not you agree with her, pointing out that she’s successful (because female writers have it “easier” because more women buy books), and so should just shut up about the double-standard female authors face when it comes to recognition, is missing the point.

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