Writers fear their ability to earn will be further eroded as the results of reviews affecting their revenue streams near completion. Kelly Dennett reports. Maurice Gee recalls it wasn't until he was mid-career that he and his wife felt financially comfortable enough for him to commit to his writing full-time. By that stage his first novel The Big Season had already been published, in 1962, and he'd gained critical acclaim for his 1979 fiction Plumb . "But that depended absolutely on my wife being able to go back to work after our children were born. Certainly you needed a partner in full-time work." He reflected this week that his work as a teacher added to the family kitty. His income, as most authors' are, was cobbled together from various work. READ MORE: Government loosens rules to allow online delivery of essential appliances and devices like laptops and heaters Consumers will be able to shop online only for essentials during lockdown Parliament saved … [Read more...] about The price of literature: writers take on Government over fair pay
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Source: T Lomas The heavy weight of boredom Boredom has long been regarded as a negative mental state. Indeed, it plays a pivotal role in one of the earliest surviving literary works, the Sumerian Epic of Gilgamesh. It tells the tale of the Mesopotamian King Uruk, who finds himself ‘oppressed by idleness.’ This state of ennui is then the premise for the entire story, since it prompts Uruk to embark upon a quest to discover some sense of purpose, and to build a legacy worthy of his name. That said, the word itself is fairly new. It only entered the English language in 1852, when Charles Dickens creatively adapted the verb ‘to bore’ – to pierce or wear down – in his novel Bleak House. And indeed it was a bleak mental state that Dickens sought to depict with this word. Lady Dedlock is frequently found lamenting that she is ‘bored to death’ with her life. And as we can perhaps all recognise, the word typically depicts a listless state of malaise – some dispiriting combination of … [Read more...] about What If We Have It Wrong About Boredom?
SINGAPORE - Few newspapers can claim to have been continuously published for 200 years, and on Wednesday (May 5), The Guardian joined their ranks. One key strength of the publication that has helped it prevail through ups and downs over the years is that it has been managed by a trust that has enabled and empowered it to hew to the spirit of its original investors, who were not in the business to make a quick buck. Many media titles around the world are grappling with the challenge of funding and sustaining quality journalism. On Thursday, Singapore Press Holdings (SPH), which publishes The Straits Times, announced plans to restructure its media business, SPH Media, which includes ST, and eventually park it under a new company limited by guarantee (CLG). Noting that the media business faces financial challenges over the next few years, SPH chairman Lee Boon Yang said one key driver has been digital disruption. Worldwide, traditional media organisations have seen readership … [Read more...] about SPH media restructuring: The challenge of funding and sustaining quality journalism