Monotheism in Kentucky, Present Time
By Maurice Manning
I thought of beginning this utterance
by saying I had a taste today
of pure joy, but on second thought
I’m tired of purity and now
prefer mistakes—that’s it, I made
a mistake today in tending the garden
and spreading straw around the green,
encouraging the peas to climb;
I was, in short, enjoying it
and naked to the waist was I
and then it rained and I kept on working,
believing I was giving God
a hand and then I thought, what kind
of idiot thinks he’s helping God?
Sad to learn that Brock Brower has died. He wrote for Esquire in its golden age and helped launch 20/20. He also wrote the cult novel The Late Great Creature, which feels as contemporary today as it must have in 1971. Honored that I got to meet him, at least virtually, when the book was reissued by Overlook.
Behind every great fortune there is a low-cost source of quizzes and lists. —Balzac— Lou Reed’s Nephew (@loureedsnephew) March 6, 2014
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What is Your Hugh Howey Income?
Inspired by Hugh Howey’s controversial author earnings report—and romance author Tessa Dare's calculation of her earnings based on the report's assumptions—I decided to calculate my own Hugh Howey Income, using Howey's methodology to find out how much money I made last year.
Last November, my somewhat traditionally published book, Why They Cried, reached #500 in the Kindle Store and stayed there a few days. According to Howey’s methodology, that means it sold 175 copies on those days, which—by the way—it most certainly did not.
But if Howey’s anonymous crawlers sniffed my book on that date, they might have concluded that I sold 63,875 copies last year. Being under contract with a “small or medium publisher” this brings my calculated Hugh Howey Income to $25,422.25, which only appears to be off from my actual income by around $25,000, give or take.
What is your Hugh Howey Income?
Beginning to think the historical legacy of social media will be that it allowed us to efficiently exhaust every possible opinion about every possible thing.
And then we got serious.