“Trade book publishing is by nature a cottage industry, decentralized, improvisational, personal; best performed by small groups of like-minded people, devoted to their craft, jealous of their autonomy, sensitive to the needs of writers and to the diverse interests of readers. If money were their primary goal, these people would probably have chosen other careers.”
–Jason Epstein, former Doubleday Editor, Creator of Anchor Books, Co-founder of The New York Review of Books, former Editorial Director of Random House and recipient of the National Book Award for Distinguished Service to American Letters.
“One summer I read Walker Percy’s “The Moviegoer,” and it dawned on me that writing was something you could do for a living, just like being a doctor or a fisherman. The novel’s wry philosophical depth opened my eyes to what Percy called “the search,” poking around for clues about why we are here.”
–Walter Isaacson, President of the Aspen Institute and the author of theSteve Jobs, Albert Einstein and Benjamin Franklin biographies.
The following is an interesting quote from a New York Times article:
“The rites of summer are, by definition, fleeting: the summer romance, the summer job or vacation. Only the books seem to stick. Twelve writers recall their most memorable experiences of summer reading, proving perhaps that if you’re looking for an enduring summer romance, a good book might be your best bet. Click here to read the May 31st NYTimes article “What I Read That Summer.”
” “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness”… Not only is this the first line of one of the classics; it is the opening scene of a drama we sometimes witness in the magazine media world.”
-Samir Husni, aka “Mr. Magazine”
Click here to read Mr. Magazine’s full blog post!
As Graduation season comes to a close, read quotes from Commencement Addresses given by bestselling author, JK Rowling, and President Barack Obama.
Below is an excerpt from the speech that JK Rowling gave to the 2008 graduating class of Harvard University:
“The knowledge that you have emerged wiser and stronger from setbacks means that you are, ever after, secure in your ability to survive. You will never truly know yourself, or the strength of your relationships, until both have been tested by adversity. Such knowledge is a true gift, for all that it is painfully won, and it has been worth more than any qualification I ever earned.”
Click here to watch a video of Rowling’s Commencement Address.
The following is a quote from President Obama’s speech, delivered last week at Morehouse College’s commencement ceremonies:
“Dr. King was just 15 years old when he enrolled here at Morehouse. He was an unknown, undersized, unassuming young freshman who lived at home with his parents. And I think it’s fair to say he wasn’t the coolest kid on campus — for the suits he wore, his classmates called him “Tweed.” But his education at Morehouse helped to forge the intellect, the discipline, the compassion, the soul force that would transform America. It was here that he was introduced to the writings of Gandhi and Thoreau, and the theory of civil disobedience. It was here that professors encouraged him to look past the world as it was and fight for the world as it should be. And it was here, at Morehouse, as Dr. King later wrote, where “I realized that nobody…was afraid.”
Click here to read the President’s full Commencement Address.
To read more about and watch videos of other graduation speeches, visit the Policymic article: “Graduation 2013: 8 Best Graduation Speeches of All Time”.
“All good things are wild and free.”
–Henry David Thoreau, an American author, philosopher, and naturalist