Day 149: Progress , Week 21


Confirmed the contents—and the title—of The Man Who Signed the City. Researching typography, book design, production software, publishing platforms. Provisional publication date still July 1, 2019.

In revision on article for Currents, a magazine for editors and writers engaged in university magazine publishing.

The weeks’ reading

  • Daemon Voices, Philip Pullman
  • An Essay on Typography, Eric Gill
  • APE: How to Publish a Book, Guy Kawasaki and Shawn Welch
  • “Letter from Greenwich Village,” Vivian Gornick, The Paris Review
  • “In Defense of Disorder,” Alan Lightman, Aeon
  • “In Defense of Facts,” William Deresiewicz, The Atlantic
  • “Discovering the Expected,” Michael Tuts, Nautilus
  • “Chasing Coincidences,” Amir D. Aczel, Nautilus
  • “Armenian Journal,” Michael Arlen, The Nation

What I had to look up this week

  • Who was Logan Pearsall Smith?
  • Did Francis Bacon really die from pneumonia after experimenting with preserving the meat of fowl by stuffing them with snow?
  • The definition of “extenerate.”
  • The definition of “omphalos.”
  • Who is Richard Polt?
  • The definition of “murrain.”
  • What is the bicameral mind?
  • What does sortes Virgilianae mean, and what is the definition of “bibliomancy”?
  • How to pronounce “Trajan.”
  • Definition of “landgrave” and “margrave.”
  • Definition of coup de foudre.

Day 131: Francine Prose


From the woman with one of the best writer's names ever, from Reading as a Writer:

The only time my passion for reading steered me in the wrong direction was when I let it persuade me to go to graduate school. There, I soon realized that my love for books was unshared by many of my classmates and professors. I found it hard to understand what they did love, exactly, and this gave me an anxious shiver that would later seem like a warning about what would happen to the teaching of literature over the decade or so after I dropped out of my Ph.D. program. That was when literary academia split into warring camps of deconstructionists, Marxists, feminists, and so forth, all battling for the right to tell students that they were reading ‘texts’ in which ideas and politics trumped what the writer had actually written.

I left graduate school and became a writer.