Sarah Weinman expresses her delight with the Lit-Blog Coop's inaugural Read This! selection of Case Histories by author Kate Atkinson, who despite being interviewed by Publishers Weekly, winning the Whitbread Prize, and being picked as one of Salon.com's best books of the year is evidently still being ignored by a flooded market.
I can't express the same delight. Problem is, I know many amazing, gifted writers who are struggling. None of the above is listed in their bios. I don't know Kate Atkinson, and I apologize in advance to her for having her and her book in the middle of my objection. I'm sure she's a fine writer and deserving of more recognition than she's had. Just not under the banner of struggling.
Someone at the LBC needs to take the word out of the equation, right now.
It has been suggested to me that as a genre writer, Yours Truly has no business criticizing the efforts of the lit elite to promote the struggling, the not struggling, or the doing pretty damn decent by all standards. You Who Shall Remain Nameless, be advised that you're right. I don't read the stuff, I'm not going to, and I'll make this my last post on the Coop. Shame it couldn't be otherwise.