so, 'they read as if they were meant to be sold' is supposed to be a negative criticism? as opposed to it meaning 'you don't need us, you're already good'.
--- On Thu, 3/5/09, Mark Coggins <email@example.com> wrote:
> From: Mark Coggins <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> Subject: RARA-AVIS: Re: Gores missed the synedoche
> To: email@example.com
> Date: Thursday, March 5, 2009, 5:51 PM
> Jumping in here late on SPADE & ARCHER and Joe Gores.
> I know he worked on the book for three, maybe four
> years--including all his research. He didn't share any
> information about the advance, but he told me that Knopf
> printed 50K copies, which he said was more than the first
> run of any other book of his.
> Joe did go to Notre Dame undergrad, but followed it up with
> a Masters in English from Stanford.
> He originally applied for a MFA in Creative Writing there,
> but after Stanford reviewed the short stories he submitted
> as part of his application he was told that "they read
> as if they were meant to be sold" and had to settle for
> the non-creative writing program.
> He was further frustrated when he submitted "Hammett,
> Chandler and MacDonald" as his thesis topic and it was
> rejected because those gentlemen "did not write
> All this was during the time that Wallace Stegner ran the
> creative writing department, btw.
> Still, Joe's having the last laugh because he's
> being profiled in an article for the alumni magazine.
> THE BIG WAKE-UP: coming in November, 2009
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