Today, we have an interview with novelist, Gerard Jones. He runs the literary agent and publisher directory everyonewhosanyone.com and joins Beautiful Insanity to talk about his life, writing and being anti-corporate.
BI: When and how did you get into writing?
Gerard: I wrote the senior play in high school in 1960 in order to drown my
sorrows ’cause some chick dumped me.
Then I was the editor of the literary magazine at the College of San Mateo
in 1962, “The Lit.” Then I did some seminars with Gordon Lish in 1963.
After that I just wrote stuff whenever I didn’t have anything better to
do, which wasn’t very often.
BI: What are your literary influences?
Gerard: Classic Comics, Celine, Salinger and smart chicks.
BI: How was Everyonewhosanyone.com conceived?
Gerard: Here’s the idea I started with:
“I’ve been writing some weird combination of fiction and nonfiction on and
off since 1959 and have never made a nickel at it. That’s okay. Although
it’s true that I would have liked to have made some money along the way, I
like what I write and I like the people who like what I write and wouldn’t
trade places with anyone on the planet. In the process of trying to make
a nickel or two off of what I’ve written, I’ve had all sorts of exchanges
with agents, editors and publishers and it dawned on me sometime in June
of 2002 that it might be sort of cool to stick some of them into a book or
onto a website—if for no other reason than to share with other writers how
difficult it is to find a good agent or get a good book published.”
Here’s the whole history:
BI: Have you always been anti-corporate or did that happen as a result of
experience with corporations?
“Who ain’t a slave? Tell me that.”
BI: How do you feel being labelled as bitter towards the publishing industry?
Gerard: Wonderful. The publishing industry is an idiot.
BI: Do you feel that the art in writing has been compromised with time?
Gerard: The human mind has been compromised with time. Art is money, money is
art–that’s all you know on earth and all you need to know.
BI: Do you feel its possible for a writer to be commercially successful and
preserve their dedication to the art form?
BI: Overall, would you say that its easy to find literary representation?
Gerard: If you write something some agent, editor, publisher and marketing
department thinks will make money it is, yes, but what they think will
make money is stupid schlock. Thanks. G.
Readings of the day:
Leviticus 19:1-2, 17-18
Psalm 103:1-4, 8, 10, 12-13
Matthew 5: 38-48
Be holy, for I, the Lord, your God, am holy. – Leviticus 19:1
You shall love your neighbor as yourself, I am the Lord. – Leviticus 19:18
For to be truly holy means the heart must be filled with love. Love of the supreme God and that of one’s neighbor. Without this, I doubt if holiness can find an inch. No one can aim at the journey of holiness, of forming one’s heart according to the pulse of God, without having one of its vessel flow with Love.
In the second reading, St. Paul instruct the Corinthians on who they are- the temple of the Holy Spirit in whom holiness is to be found. As temples, we ought to spring forth rich harvest overflowing with water, for the wind of…
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The procession of angels signify a start.
The flowing of hymns is awake in my heart.
The purpose if found in giving away wholly.
And sustenance is found in the day that is holy.
The observance is marked with the remembrance of saints and martyrs.
And the inclusion of reserved attire.
I hope the spirit of tranquillity will find you one day.
And I wish you all a happy Sunday.