Monday, August 28, 2006

Some joke, surely...

Others have commented on the contempt for blogs in the Observer books pages, but surely it's just a joke...

This week the Observer's 'Browser' pours vitriol over Scott Pack, former chief buyer for Waterstone's and now publisher with the online Friday Project, for starting his blog Me and My Big Mouth. Presumably someone sensible at the Friday Project will tell Mr Pack that it's his job to find interesting/amusing/informative new authors and not offend people with his tedious comments, says the Browser offensively (and under the tediously offensive title That's codswallop, Scott.) Impossible to believe that the Browser did not know that this would send us winging straight off to Scott's site to check this out and find not tedious comments but a chatty, personal, ironic and surprisingly self-deprecating tone, interesting insider's insights and among other things an informative and engaging post on literary magazines (which get short shrift in pages like the Observer). And in the process of course we are introduced to the Friday Project, so as Commercial Director, Pack is hardly failing to do his job...

And Pack alerted me to another site, The Age of Uncertainty, which I found I loved! Thanks, Browser!

5 comments:

kubrick said...
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Alan Kellogg said...

I find it interesting that anyone with such a woeful lack of empathy would be given a book review column. Indeed, any sort of column dealing with people and the sort of things people are interested in.

The man shows no indication he is even able to conceive of another who doesn't automatically agree with him. More's the pity.

Alan Kellogg said...

You do check comment moderation, don't you?

Fiction Bitch said...

Obviously not! I have now. thanks, Alan,

Katy said...

Thanks, I found I loved these too! I'll be bookmarking them. That planet thing really made my brain hurt.