The Market Downslide Essay

In this collection of acerbic essays, Ugresic dissects the nature of the contemporary book industry, which she argues is so infected with the need to create and promote literature that will appeal to the masses — literally to everyone — that if Thomas Mann were writing nowadays, his books wouldn't even be published in the U.S. because they're not sexy enough.

A playful andIn this collection of acerbic essays, Ugresic dissects the nature of the contemporary book industry, which she argues is so infected with the need to create and promote literature that will appeal to the masses — literally to everyone — that if Thomas Mann were writing nowadays, his books wouldn't even be published in the U.S. because they're not sexy enough.

A playful and biting critique, Ugresic's essays hit on all of the major aspects of publishing: agents, subagents, and scouts, supermarket-like bookstores, Joan Collins, book fairs that have little to do with books, authors promoted because of sex appeal instead of merit, and editors trying to look like writers by having their photograph taken against a background of bookshelves.

Thanks to cultural influences such as Oprah, The Today Show, and Kelly Ripa, best-seller lists have become just a modern form of socialist realism, a manifestation of a society that generally ignores literature in favor of the next big thing....more

Paperback, 220 pages

Published November 1st 2003 by Dalkey Archive Press (first published 2000)

People enjoyed food, prizes, performances and entertainment, crafts, and carnival games.

Photos by Bob Douglas.

University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo held its 21st Annual Hoʻolauleʻa on Saturday from noon to 8:00 p.m.

It was free and open to the UH community and the general public.

There was plenty of good food, great prizes, spectacular performances and entertainment, diverse crafts, carnival style games, inflatables and other activities for keiki, and a dance concert in the evening. Music was provided by the Waiakea Ukulele Band, Daniel Marrufo and Roger-Rae Espejo, Lower Aina, Lion Isle, Applesauce Boys, Boomdraw, Hawaiian Roots Band, and Through the Roots.

A good time was had by all!

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