Saturday, January 12, 2008

For authors, this week’s return of the Colbert Report and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart is a case of good news/bad news. The good news is that authors once again have a shot at appearing on two of the most effective book publicity outlets on TV. The bad news—especially for the kind of left-leaning nonfiction authors likely to find a receptive audience on these shows—is that they’d have to cross a picket line of fellow writers.

--Claire Kirch, "A Dilemma for Authors"


  1. Ya, I know. As a union memeber I feel guilty just watching, especially online! :S

  2. I was wondering how writers felt about the return of the John Stewart Show and the Colbert Report. They both seem to be in support of the writers' strike. But I wonder just how much the return of their shows actually hurts the,.

  3. You're a union member, Sylvia? I did not know that. Tell me more!

    I watched only one night this week. I felt uncomfortable doing so although I read somewhere "the writers" were happy that Steward and Colbert could get their message out, but I have no idea if that's true.

    Gah, I hate corporations.

  4. Well, I'm a non-voting member at the moment, but still very much pro-union. I actually pay for a post office box so I don't have to pick up my many (many) parcels (mostly amazon!) at the incompetent privatized postal outlet. It's the same in labour as in everything else--you get what you pay for.


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