José Saramago and the Reconstruction of Novel as an Inner Monologue

After having weathered the post-modernist deconstructionist storm of the last fifty years, I think the novel format has found its reconstructionist master in the person of José de Sousa Saramago (pronounced Sa-ra-ma-YU in Portugese), the late Portugese writer who won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1998 and passed away this month (June 2010). Saramago writes … [Read more...]

Why You Should Love Christopher Moore

I recently broke down and bought “Fool,” a new book by Christopher Moore. I’m just getting started, but so far it is hilarious. It is a retelling of “King Lear” from the perspective of Pockets, the court jester. Of course it is told in a way that only Christopher Moore could provide. “Fool” made it to #4 on the New York Times Bestsellers list. That is awesome, … [Read more...]

How Much Do Novelists Make? (Part 3 of 3)

(Novelist Norman Mailer during his salad days. Photo courtesy of Wikipedia.) Have you heard about the Justine Larbalestier Survey? Justine Larbalestier, a novelist from Down Under, conducted his own informal survey and asked his 18 "fellow Aussies, folks from the UK, Canada and the US" how much they got for their first novel. Seven of those who … [Read more...]

How Much Do Novelists Make? (Part 2 of 3)

(Best-selling author Dan Brown. Courtesy of Wikipedia.) Let's continue our empirical investigation into novelists' income with the League of Utah Writers (LUW) 2004 Survey. The results of a survey that the League of Utah Writers conducted in 2004 with 234 writers re-confirm the plight of non-technical writers. The survey found that the average income … [Read more...]

How Much Do Novelists Make? (Part 1 of 3)

(JK Rowling. Photo courtesy of Wikipedia.) Novelists are among the worst paid writers. Yes, the Steven Kings, Dan Browns, and JK Rowlings of this world get paid extremely well. Actually, Rowling is said to be on her way up to become the first writer in human history poised to earn $1 billion over her career. But the average novelist is practically hungry and … [Read more...]