RARA-AVIS: Re: state of NY publishing

From: jacquesdebierue (jacquesdebierue@yahoo.com)
Date: 14 Nov 2009

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    --- In rara-avis-l@yahoogroups.com, "J.C. Hocking" <jchocking@...> wrote:
    > Well, in terms of how a bad book (or a whole lot of them) can hurt, Kevin has a point here...

    How can a bad book possibly hurt anyone? It's no different from a bad piece of music or a bad painting... you just move on. There must be a huge cemetery for artistic stuff that isn't good.

    The basic fallacy here is that there is a definite number of books and that a bad book hurts good books. Where is the evidence to back this up? If I write a terrible symphony, how does that hurt Beethoven? If I write a terrible novel, how does it hurt Michael Connelly, who only writes very good ones?



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