Gerry Canavan

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Busy Monday Links

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* University in crisis: getting married to qualify for in-state tuition.

Company no one should pay buys company that won’t pay its employees.

* A Literary Glass Ceiling?: Why Magazines Aren’t Reviewing More Female Writers.

Now we can better understand why fewer books by women than men are getting reviewed. In fact, these numbers we found show that the magazines are reviewing female authors in something close to the proportion of books by women published each year. The question now becomes why more books by women are not getting published.

The VIDA numbers provide a start toward an answer: Of the new writing published in Tin House, Granta,and The Paris Review, around one-third of it was by women. For many fiction writers and poets, publishing in these journals is a first step to getting a book contract. Do women submit work to these magazines at a lower rate than men, or are men’s submissions more likely to get accepted? We can’t be sure. But, as Robin Romm writes in Double X, “The gatekeepers of literary culture—at least at magazines—are still primarily male.” If these gatekeepers are showing a gender bias, there’s not much room to make it up later.

* Paul Haggis vs. the Church of Scientology.

After the screening, everyone drifted over to the Oak Room of the Plaza Hotel. Haggis was in a corner receiving accolades from his friends when I found him. I asked him if he felt that he had finally left Scientology. “I feel much more myself, but there’s a sadness,” he admitted. “If you identify yourself with something for so long, and suddenly you think of yourself as not that thing, it leaves a bit of space.” He went on, “It’s not really the sense of a loss of community. Those people who walked away from me were never really my friends.” He understood how they felt about him, and why. “In Scientology, in the Ethics Conditions, as you go down from Normal through Doubt, then you get to Enemy, and, finally, near the bottom, there is Treason. What I did was a treasonous act.”
I once asked Haggis about the future of his relationship with Scientology. “These people have long memories,” he told me. “My bet is that, within two years, you’re going to read something about me in a scandal that looks like it has nothing to do with the church.” He thought for a moment, then said, “I was in a cult for thirty-four years. Everyone else could see it. I don’t know why I couldn’t.”

* And Obama sets back the boycott Fox campaign another five years. Stop going on Fox! It’s pointless.

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  1. “no one should pay [any] company that won’t pay its employees.”

    if that includes some of its employees, then this category includes every media company currently in business. and i guess that means i’m one step ahead of you…

    Vu

    February 7, 2011 at 10:11 am

  2. That’s all well and good, but I meant to say “Company no one should pay BUYS company that won’t pay its employees.” AOL/HUFFPO joke #fail.

    gerrycanavan

    February 7, 2011 at 10:19 am

  3. it was more interesting the other way.

    Vu

    February 7, 2011 at 11:14 am

  4. That I happily concede.

    gerrycanavan

    February 7, 2011 at 11:15 am


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