Anonymous said: Ok, I, a white girl, was gonna dress up as Nick Fury for Halloween. I wasn't going to do blackface or anything stupid like that, but I am being required to participate in a superhero theme and I didn't want to wear anything skintight. So, basically, do you know any other superheroes that don't have skintight costumes?
Racists write in here mad all the time that I never really seem to get all that heated about the struggles of white people, but I have to tell you, it’s hard to be sympathetic when, for real, white people asking how they can dress up like Samuel L. Jackson is in literally the top 5 most asked concerns troubling white folks these days.
Most likable of all is Los Angeles-based Jonathan Ward, who has no illusions about the heterogeneous profile of most of his peers, as well as the uncomfortable truths about why the blues has become by far the most valuable and sought-after genre of 78s: “Oh, there’s music all over the world that’s equally as rare,” he says. “Let’s not say more rare, because those [blues] records are incredible, they’re rare, and they represent a very interesting piece of Americana in a very finite period of time. But that same thing exists in many other places. It’s just: does it captivate white dudes?”
I reviewed Amanda Petrusich’s new book for the Globe and Mail.
Today, Barbour is president of NeWest’s 15-member volunteer board. Together, the board members read through submissions from the slush pile (like most small, independent publishers, NeWest accepts unsolicited manuscripts from anywhere in the country) and collectively decide which titles they want to publish. If a manuscript gets a positive response from three separate readers, that’s usually the equivalent of a green light.
Last week kicked off my four-part series Lifespan of a Novel, where we learned how Laurence Miall found a publisher for his soon-to-be-released debut novel Blind Spot.
This week, we look at the other side of the coin: how do publishers find their authors?