Writers with day jobs I: On PBS's Need to Know, Bookslut's Jessa Crispin profiles Chicago cop Martin Preib, author of the debut essay collection The Wagon: "Most professionals people treat cops like they are jaded, a sign of the arrogance of their class, including publishing. This feeling has intensified since I published the book. People think because they have a college degree and a professional job, they know a lot. Well, they don’t.”
Writers with day jobs II: Meanwhile, the NY Observer visits Eugene Marten, who has worked as a printer most of his life and gets up at five to write before getting to the print shop in Long Island City by nine. About his new book Firework (which I am very sad to say I lost on the bus a little while back just as I was starting it), the NYO says, "Firework feels like a novel that took almost two decades to write, a novel that was written to be finished, each sentence an illumination, pushing the characters and plot toward its chilling completion." (Via HTML Giant)
Moving and shaking: Charles McGrath's NYT piece on Yunte Huang's fascination with the smorgasbord of stereotypes that are the Charlie Chan books and movies sends Huang's Charlie Chan: The Untold Story of the Honorable Detective and His Rendezvous with American History up Movers & Shakers today.