Melancolía del humo (XII)

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“Smoking meant a lot to her sometimes. She worked very hard and it had some ability to rest and relax her psychologically. She was a widow and she had no close relatives to write to in the evenings, and more than one moving picture a week hurt her eyes, so smoking had come to be an important punctuation mark in the long sentence of a day on the road.”

Francis Scott Fitzgerald, “Thank you for the light”, The New Yorker, 06-August-2012
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FURTHER READING:

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Melancolía del humo (XI) [10-Agosto-2012]

Melancolía del humo (X) [08-Agosto-2012]

Melancolía del humo (IX) [27-Junio-2012]

Melancolía del humo (VIII) [20-Junio-2012]

Melancolía del humo (VII) / [08-Junio-2012]

Melancolía del humo (VI) / [25-Mayo-2012]

Melancolía del humo (V) / [13-Marzo-2012]

Melancolía del humo (IV) / [26-Enero-2011]

Melancolía del humo (III) / [07-Enero-2011]

Melancolía del humo (II) / [06-Enero-2011]

Melancolía del humo (I)  / [05-Enero-2011]

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ADDENDA:

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El relato Thank you for the light le fue rechazado a Fitzgerald en 1936 por la propia revista que ahora lo publica, pues según estos era poco Fitzgerald. Es decir, se alejaba de lo que ellos consideraban que debía ser el estilo del escritor.

Vale la pena recordar esto y tener en cuenta las palabras de la jefa de la división digital de Harper Collins, Chantal Restivo-Alessi, cuando dice que:

“But I think it’s still essential that they [e-book publishers] do take risks. That’s part and parcel of the business. You need to reinvigorate your catalog on an ongoing basis. The way they discover those authors might change. You might put out fewer titles, but have the same amount of authors. It might be a combination of titles and other kinds of products. It’s a shift from a product focus to an intellectual property and brand focus.” [1]

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[1] Jeremy Greenfield interviews Chantal Restivo-Alessi, “HarperCollins Chief Digital Officer Chantal Restivo-Alessi: ‘Essential’ for Publishers to Take Risks”, Digital Book World. 01-August-2012.

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