523: Stet

The profession of writing books has changed in recent decades, and now James Howard Kunstler, the author of many books both fiction and non-fiction, published by mainstream publishers, is relying increasingly on blogging and reader support through Patreon to pay the bills. Jim talks about his days at Rolling Stone and the lofty expectations he had for his first novel and what it was like to have 8 published novels under his belt and still be waiting tables. Later, Jim and KMO compare notes on their disillusionment with the behavior of the Blue Tribe in the Trump years. Jim is a registered Democrat, and KMO is a recovering libertarian, and neither of them was in a position to be disappointed by the Red Tribe's failure to ride the reality bus. Not so with the Blue Tribe.

 

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4 Comments

  1. Robert Fairchild on April 25, 2018 at 7:09 am

    5 hours a week, nice work if you can get it 😉
    Glenn Loury and Amy Wax:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bLcHZXsCbY4

    • Robert Fairchild on May 4, 2018 at 6:12 am
      • KMO on May 4, 2018 at 6:47 am

        Nice. That was an encouraging read, because none of those pieces of advice apply to me (other than don’t take your phone on errands, which is right out the window because I like to listen to podcasts while I drive). I don’t take my phone into the bedroom at night. I don’t look at it first thing in the morning. When I’m working, I’m using my laptop, and all the things that degrade my concentration are right here on this machine. Facebook is a much bigger problem than my phone. The trick, I’ve found, is to log out of Facebook. If I don’t have it open in a browser tab, then I’m not tempted to pop over to it and check notifications. It’s kinda like not keeping candy in a clear jar on your desk.



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