Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Note to PW: Research confirms life outside NYC!

The editors at Publishers Weekly truly live in a world all their own. They refer to Regnery Publishing as a "niche" firm and make a point to never profile independent publishers -- unless they're left-wing, of course! Check out their "Picture of the Day" and caption:

Truthdig in Brooklyn

Johnny Temple (l.), publisher of Brooklyn indie publisher Akashic books, hosted a party at his Ft. Greene apartment for Zuade Kaufman, publisher and cofounder of the news and opinion website, and Truthdig cofounder and former L.A. Times columnist Robert Scheer (r.) and his new book Playing President: My Close Encounters with Nixon, Carter, Bush I, Reagan, and Clinton -- and How They Did Not Prepare Me for George W. Bush, just out from Akashic.

Akashic Books is a left-wing indie whose motto is "reverse-gentrification of the literary world." (Anyone want to explain exactly what that means?) And Zuade Kaufman and Robert Scheer's website prides itself on "challeng[ing] conventional wisdom" by publishing articles such as "An Atheist Manifesto" that recite left-wing conventional wisdom.

Thank you, Publishers Weekly. I'm so grateful that you made us all aware of these important pillars of the liberal literary community.

Between PW, the Book Standard, and Kirkus, it's no wonder that right-of-center publishers have to depend on the New Media to get the word out about their books.



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