I haven’t read A Moment in the Sun by John Sayles yet, but I plan to buy a copy and read it. I listened to Michael Silverblatt’s Bookworm interview with the director/screenwriter/author yesterday, and found it really exciting. The subject matter (the Spanish-American war), Sayle’s comments about historical research, and the two men’s comments about the publishing industry added up to a really heartening half hour.
I admit it, I’ve been resistant to McSweeney’s–which published this book– because I found Dave Egger’s first book A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius a pretty annoying read. But they’re publishing interesting work and playing with formats. And I loved Zeitoun. I’m going to keep my eye on what they’re up to.
Silverblatt comments at the end of the interview that the big publishing houses have themselves to blame for failing to adjust to the the times. I really have to believe that people are always going to need stories and the writers of them. Maybe the current upheaval in the publishing industry will lead to a rise in independent publishers and small bookstores that will be able to use the Internet to network and get the word out to readers. Or maybe it will look like something we haven’t imagined yet.