Tuesday, September 25, 2007

BEAR PARADE RAPES THE VILLAGERS

Gene Morgan is interviewed, to quote Gene, "Bear parade will probably never even be acknowledged by mainstream or book culture, so I don't think it is possible to fit into any realm of publishing. We are just at the beginning of something that will continue to grow and is already beyond us. All publishers will someday take electronic publishing, and they will figure out how to make a huge amount of money off of it. It took them a while to transform Johannes Gutenberg's ideas into the incredible global force of Harry Potter, and it will take them a while to evolve electronic publishing into the same."

7 comments:

Ken Baumann said...

Noah,

Send me one copy of The Human War, Burning Babies, and The Condemned and I will PayPal you or send you a check for $100. I just came into some money and I think you deserve the extra money and I want to read your books.

Ken

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no more teenagekicks said...

well, just to respond to this idea in the quote about fitting into realms of publishing, bear parade is already somewhat of a force in itself, right? if the question is: will bear parade publications be reviewed in the nytimes in the next year, the answer may be no. but if the question is, does bear parade get as many/much readers and/or attention (well, these are two different things, but both important) as traditional lit mags -- say, to pick a mag out of a hat, the missouri review -- i think the answer is clearly, yes. i would guess that as many people read bear parade, and 3am, and mcsweeneys internet tendency, as read all but the top few lit magazines. not to say that mcsweeneys internet tendency really has anything in common w/ bear parade in terms of what they publish. but they both have something to do with a full-throated internet ideal that doesn't totally suck.

i suppose one of the things about bear parades position, at least right now, is that it doesn't filter up to middle-brow, best american short stories type anthologies. which makes it harder to get attention for the authors from trade houses, agents, even indie publishers, etc.

but something's that's totally cool about bear parade is the overlap between it, and, for instance, melville house's publication of tao lin. and what's cool about it's brother 3am is, for instance, the connection to, say, codrescu, who is himself a force in public radio and ex corpse mag, etc. so there is an organic force out there that bear parade, among others, is part of.

so i'm not sure that gutenberg is quite the appropriate metaphor: the internet train has already left the station, and as we know, al gore invented that.

what seems to me to be the happier metaphor would be the 19th century russians -- that little world in which everyone sort of hated one other, or at least had bones to pick, and shot arrows back and forth, and thought, that in the end, what they were doing mattered.

i think that it's clear that the living and the dead, or the human war, matters: people who read it will feel differently.

the effect on electoral politics is somewhere else, at least for now (america needs its home depot, after all, to say nothing of its semi-organic chipotle) but we are certainly at a turning point, where fiction can continue to truly matter, or it can land somewhere else, culturally. (not a bad place, just a politically irrelivant one.)

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