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Encounters in Publishing #7: The Woes of Summer Fridays, by Liz Mathews

There is a phenomenon in book publishing called summer hours, or half-day Fridays. If you work in publishing, you might be aware of it upon entering the industry, or it might come as a nice surprise perk to an otherwise pretty straightforward work environment. It’s also a nice thing to hold over the head of others who don’t have their Friday hours slashed in half from Memorial Day to Labor Day—if, for some reason, you need something to hold over another’s head.

Truth be told, I use most half-day Fridays to do my laundry. Some people do fun things like go to the beach, though, so we don’t all waste them.

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Todd Colby

The latest installment of our weekly podcast series features a reading from Todd Colby. Click here to listen to Todd read a selection of poetry, some of which appears in Issue 12: Obsession.

Todd Colby has written four books of poetry: RipsnortCushRiot in the Charm Factory: New and Selected Writings, and Tremble & Shine, all published by Soft Skull Press. Colby’s poems have been read on NPR for Garrison Keillor’s Writer’s Almanac. Colby has given readings at The Poetry Project, The Rubin Museum, New York University, The New School for Social Research, Brooklyn Public Library, Cornell University, The Kingston Writers’ Conference, The Whitney Museum of American Art, PS 122, and more. He posts new work on gleefarm.blogspot.com.

Series curator Tim Mucci has been published by Slice magazineand has done comic scriptwriting for both Dark Horse Comics and Sterling Publishing’s All-Action Classics series. He knows about UFOs, dragons, the occult and other stuff and is excited to be talking about Clark Ashton Smith on his other podcast The Double Shadow. He lives in Brooklyn with his artist wife and cat (not an artist); you can send him donuts via his twitter account: @timx13.

Music featured in this podcast:

Antony Raijekov – Ambient M
David Schombert – Earth

Author photo by Brian Ferry

Header illustration by Andrea Sparacio (www.artsparrow.com)

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Encounters in Publishing #6: Behold the Village Idiot Syndrome, by Maria Gagliano

My first job in publishing was as an editorial assistant at a major cookbook publisher. It was…how do I say this? It was a high-stress situation. Most of the books were on a crash schedule, meaning they had to be transformed from a vapor of an idea to a fully-designed, finished book with hundreds of recipes and double that amount of photos in a few short months. The authors were usually celebrity chefs, which meant they had other responsibilities aside from their books. Most things got accomplished via a chain of he-said-she-said exchanges among trembling assistants.

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An Interview with Norman Lock, by Celia Johnson

Mr. Hyde sits in an asylum conversing with an ambitious superintendent. An Egyptian Mummy listens to Noël Coward hammer out a tune on the piano. Norman Lock rows along a dark lake below the Paris Opera, eager to disappear, like Gaston Leroux’s Phantom. These are just a few of the scenes you’ll witness in Love Among the Particles, by Norman Lock (yes, he is both the author and, sometimes, a character in the book). Lock creates stories that, at first glance, seem impossible, and yet by the end of each one, feel utterly familiar. I had the honor of discussing this new book with Lock. During our interview, he observed, “Try as I have, I cannot seem to write other than I do: fables of identity, parables of self-consciousness, and tales of the marvelous.” That magnetic pull transcends the pages of his book, making for a fully addictive collection. Read on to find out more about Lock’s creative process, his characters’ fates, and his view of time.

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Courtney Maum

The latest installment of our weekly podcast series features a reading from Courtney Maum. Click here to listen to Courtney read from “The Arts and Crafts Section,” which appears in Issue 12: Obsession.

Courtney Maum is a humor columnist for Electric Literature and Barrelhouse, an advice columnist for Tin House, and a book reviewer for BOMB Magazine. She has a novel entitled John Mayer Reviews Things and a blog where you can read more of her work if you’d like: courtneymaum.tumblr.com.

Series curator Tim Mucci has been published by Slice magazineand has done comic scriptwriting for both Dark Horse Comics and Sterling Publishing’s All-Action Classics series. He knows about UFOs, dragons, the occult and other stuff and is excited to be talking about Clark Ashton Smith on his other podcast The Double Shadow. He lives in Brooklyn with his artist wife and cat (not an artist); you can send him donuts via his twitter account: @timx13.

Music featured in this podcast:
Balkan Balagan – Bay Mir Bistu Shayn
Balkan Balagan – Intro
Balkan Balagan – Sherele
Homecoming Kings – Icecream Girl

Author photo by Diego Ongaro

Header illustration by Andrea Sparacio (www.artsparrow.com)

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Encounters in Publishing #5: The Germans are Coming! by Liz Mathews

I took a Monday off a week or so ago, and on my next morning back I ran into a coworker in the elevator. “The Germans are coming tomorrow,” she told me. “We have to be in at 9:00.”

At first I had no idea who she was referring to. Did we have a German author I’d forgotten about? Or maybe the Flatiron had been sold to Germans, and not Italians like I’d previously heard? I looked at her funny.

Then I remembered that when I get paid, my paycheck gets automatically deposited in my bank account from Holtzbrinck. Those Germans were coming.

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