“Dear Malcolm, You’ve all delayed once ore, not sending my work for the summer on the mountain—I’ve started an epic novel of 1000 pages THE BEAT GENERATION—If you don’t send me a contract with an advance (or some kind of option) by October first, on ON THE ROAD, I am going to withdraw the manuscript from Viking and sell it elsewhere. Than have it demeaned I’d rather it were never published. Period. Jack Kerouac.”
This is the handwritten ultimatum Jack Kerouac sent to the publisher of On The Road.
A publisher’s nightmare.
(Source: nanotoons.net, via writersrelief)
Often, it feels like the foreign publisher is saying to me: HELP ME, AMERICAN PERSON WHO HAS BEEN DEALING WITH THIS MYSTERIOUSLY VICIOUS COMPANY FOR A FEW YEARS ALREADY.
Sometimes, it fells like they are saying: YOU BETTER TELL ME HOW TO DEAL WITH THIS, YOU AMERICAN FUCKER WHO DID NOTHING ABOUT THIS BULLSHIT WHEN YOU HAD A CHANCE."
Apple Fires Back at the Feds, Amazon
Not that it will necessarily help with anything, but I’m really glad to see Apple call out the hypocrisy and fuck-wittery that is this case.