Quick links, cheap shots, bon mots…
* C.W. Nevius, a columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle, blogs about respected L.A. Times sports writer Mike Penner who is taking a vacation and will come back as a woman. Asked about Penner’s sexual transformation, his/her boss Randy Harvey boss said: ‘Well, no one can ever say we don’t have diversity on this staff.” Indeed.
* "If you’re going to write a book, who asked you to? It is, in fact, quite an act of ego to sit down in a room, while others are getting on trains and subways, and put one’s vision on paper, and then ask others to pay to read it. Not only to pay but say, ‘Isn’t he brilliant.’ It’s an act of audacity." – Interview with novelist William Gaddis in Harpers ($)
* Jonathan Franzen on the fate of his second novel: "But the result was the same: another report card with A’s and B’s from the reviewers who had replaced the teachers whose approval, when I was younger, I had both craved and taken no satisfaction from; decent sales; and the deafening silence of irrelevance." (From his original Harpers article.)
* "Paths cross for a reason…Let’s find out why ours did." – A great line to use after you meet someone. Much better than, "Pleasure meeting you."
* My friend Marci Alboher, author of One Person/Multiple Careers, launched her new column on the New York Times online about careers. Here’s my review of her book. I think she’s on the mark with her thinking. Congrats, Marci!