Congratulations to Leon Wildes, founder and senior partner of Wildes & Weinberg, a distinguished immigration law firm, on the publication and film deal for his new book — over 40 years in the making! Leon was John Lennon and Yoko Ono's attorney during their epic battle with Richard Nixon and the US government — a case eventually won by the Lennons and Leon which became a landmark legal case relevant today. Foreword by Michael Wildes.
Is there one essential characteristic required to be a great writer?
'Papa' Hemingway replied, "Yes, there is, a person must have a built-in, shockproof crap detector"...and so true for their editors and agents!
In Memory... Catherine Lee, Joel Margulis, Mike Moser and James Underwood
"To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation
of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to leave the world
a bit better whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived...this is to have succeeded"
— Ralph Waldo Emerson
"Reading, in its quietness and sustained concentration, is the opposite of busyness. 'We are so distracted by and engulfed by the technologies we've created, and by the constant barrage of so-called information that more than ever to immerse yourself in an involving book seems socially useful'."
— August 2010 Time magazine profile of Jonathan Franzen, author of The Corrections and Freedom
"Physical artifacts carry memory and meaning, and this is as true of important historical texts as it is of cherished childhood books. I suppose our desire to be near books rises from this impulse; they root us in something larger than ourselves, something real. For this reason, I am sure that hardbound books will survive, even long after e-books have become popular."
— Allison Hoover Bartlett,The Man Who Loved Books Too Much, Riverhead Books, 2009
"I do honestly feel that an agent is a useful person
to have even if his sole value is that he does all the
commercial haggling for the author and leaves only
the higher thoughts to them. There is no use in having
an agent too unless you allow him to be as honest in
comment (about your ideas and writing) as he must
be in money matters."
— Diarmuid Russel to
Eudora Welty from the book Author and Agent,
Michael Kreyling, FarrarStrausGiroux
"The best way to get inspired to write — in my case — is by meeting people.
When you meet people you learn, you hear. And sometimes you're hearing yourself. You're in front of
the mirror. You're seeing yourself better. I only write a book every two years and I write a book in one
month because the book is being written in my soul. And then, of course, I have to share my life as part
of the human condition. Because you have to share. If you don't share, you are lost."
— Paulo Coelho, author of The Alchemist and many other bestsellers
"The death of the book — or, more broadly, the death of print — has been bandied about for well over a decade now. Computers may have taken over every stage of the
process — the tools of research, composition and production — but that final mile of the process, where the
reader mind melds with the author in an exquisite asynchronous tango will always be sacrosanct say the
— From Books Aren't Dead, Newsweek, Nov. 2007
"There are two primary influences in a writer's life: those influences that come so early in childhood,
they seem to soak into the very marrow of our bones and to condition our interpretation of the universe
thereafter; and those that come a little later, when we are old enough to exercise some control of our
environment and our response to it, and have begun to be aware not only of the emotional power but
the strategies of art."
— Joyce Carol Oates, The Faith of a Writer: Life, Craft, Art
"But later that night, when we were lying in bed just before sleep, I told Ernest that I wanted a piano of
my own. 'I didn't think I'd miss it so much but I do.' 'I know Cat. I'd love for you to have one. Maybe when the advance comes.' 'That's such a fine word, isn't it.' 'Yes, and "royalty" is another one, but don't go spending either just yet.' "
— from The Paris Wife, Paula McLain ...an evocative story of ambition and betrayal that beautifully captures the love affair between Ernest Hemingway and his first wife Hadley...highly recommended!