What’s Good for the Goose…

Robert McCrum adds to the boo-hoo-hoo line about how bloggers are getting book deals, and what a shame that is. You’ll remember that a few weeks back, a similar New Yorker article by Daniel Radosh intimated that bloggers are getting crazy book deals, and that there’s an agent at ICM who’s devoted to finding the talent.

Somehow, though, the fact that soldiers who write emails about the war in Afghanistan or Iraq will soon get book deals has escaped notice. Soldiers such as the one mentioned in the article get to take writing workshops with the likes of Mark Bowden and Tobias Wolff, with a view to publishing their work in an anthology in 2005, or as part of individual war memoirs. I eagerly await the New Yorker‘s ironic take on ‘Operation Homecoming.’

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