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Category Archives: The spiritual toxicity of publishing

Contemplating work

Yes, I know it’s been a while since I posted. I’ve been WORKING. A lot. And contemplating. From Thomas Merton’s Seeds of Contemplation: The requirements of a work to be done can be understood as the will of God. If I am supposed to hoe a garden or make a table, then I will be […]

The Book of my Enemy

My friend Lauren is visiting this week, which means we’ve spent hours and hours talking about the spiritual toxicity of publishing–another name for the the unpleasant dynamic produced by the double truth that 1) while recognition, publicity, and acclaim are necessary so that books can sell and pay the bills, 2) the active pursuit of […]

Envy, malice and all uncharitableness

The Norton Fall-Winter 2007 catalog has arrived, with the History of the Ancient World included. (Norton publishes two catalogs a year, one called Spring-Summer for books published in April-August, and one called Fall-Winter for books published in September-March.) The catalog is primarily used by Norton’s sales reps, who go around selling books to the major […]