Wednesday, January 04, 2006

What Makes a Good Book?

Ever read a "critically acclaimed" book and wondered what all the fuss was about? Can't understand why "Paul Clifford" didn't snag a Pulitzer? You're not alone in your literary confusion.

As noted in today's New York Times, twenty of twenty one publishers and agents rejected the opening chapters of two books submitted by the Sunday Times of London. The catch? Both books were previous Booker Prize winners in the 1970s.

Does this mean that publishers and agents can't tell good writing from bad? Maybe. Is this evidence of corruption and scandal in the awardance of 1970's-era Booker prizes? Probably.


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