Monday, September 19, 2011

Why Valerie Frankel Hates Debut Novelists

“The hate in you has got to come out,” Valerie Frankel writes in It’s Hard Not to Hate You, a sweet, angry, sad memoir out last week from St. Martin’s Press. Today she plugs the book with a heart-felt piece in The Daily Beast talking about why she has a hate on for debut novelists… except The Jersey Shore’s Snooki:
When I set out to write a memoir called It’s Hard Not to Hate You, about embracing toxic emotions and giving myself permission to be an unrepentant rageholic, I knew I had to include a chapter on professional jealousy. Nothing flared my freudeschaden—taking misery in another person’s joy—like New York Times bestselling debut novelists.
The piece is sharp, thoughtful and here.

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Blogger tuffy777 said...

the correct term is Schadenfreude, not freudenschade

Monday, September 19, 2011 at 2:33:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Linda L. Richards said...

It's in a quote, Tuffy. Not something we could or would correct. Especially since it is perhaps more correct than you'd think:

http://tinyurl.com/6zheurb

Monday, September 19, 2011 at 4:57:00 PM PDT  
Blogger tuffy777 said...

have you ever heard of the indicator "sic"?

Monday, September 19, 2011 at 6:43:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Linda L. Richards said...

Have you ever heard of making suggestions without sarcasm?

And, again: "sic" is not appropriate here. "freudenschade" is an acceptable contemporary usage. Follow the link:

http://tinyurl.com/6zheurb

Monday, September 19, 2011 at 8:10:00 PM PDT  
Blogger tuffy777 said...

actually, we're both spelling it wrong, as it is Freudeshcaden, and it is a neologism created to describe soap operas

Monday, September 19, 2011 at 8:15:00 PM PDT  
Blogger tuffy777 said...

I suggest that you take a look at this discussion:

http://www.wnyc.org/shows/lopate/2010/feb/17/word-maven-patricia-t-oconner/

Monday, September 19, 2011 at 8:21:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Linda L. Richards said...

Since you seem to have a tough time either following a link or consulting Google, maybe you should take this over to The Daily Beast -- where the quote came from -- and see if you like their response any better.

Monday, September 19, 2011 at 8:21:00 PM PDT  
Blogger tuffy777 said...

you gave me a link to Google's search engine, with a number of links on the results page -- as a native English speaker and a student of the German language, I do know a thing or two

Monday, September 19, 2011 at 8:23:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Linda L. Richards said...

Except, apparently, about contemporary usage. And manners.

Monday, September 19, 2011 at 8:25:00 PM PDT  
Blogger tuffy777 said...

I respect the language -- do you? or are you merely defensive?

Monday, September 19, 2011 at 8:27:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Linda L. Richards said...

Your approach was indelicate and out of place. It's difficult not to be defensive when one is attacked.

Monday, September 19, 2011 at 8:31:00 PM PDT  
Blogger tuffy777 said...

Gee, I thought we were discussing an interesting word! A made-up word, in fact. I did not bring this discussion down to a personal level, and I am now bowing out, since you have attacked me -- I will not post here again -- goodbye

Monday, September 19, 2011 at 8:38:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Linda L. Richards said...

Good-bye. But here's a tip: you mentioned your deep knowledge of English and German, but I think you might like Latin better. You may be more comfortable with a language that does not evolve.

Monday, September 19, 2011 at 8:42:00 PM PDT  

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