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On the eve of Stockholm’s The Next Chapter publishing conference, the former chief of the UK’s Penguin Books Digital spoke of the “inherent decency” of the industry; the message of video’s prevalence; the fact that everybody is a publisher today; and the possibility that publishing is “too nice.”
Bill Murray stole $20 from me. Not in the sense that I saw a bad movie of his and decided he owed me for my time and money spent, but that he actually grabbed a $20 bill from my hand, put it in his pocket, said the words “no change” and went on his merry way.
There are seemingly enough common denominators between the two to sustain cogent conversation – book deals, depression – but it becomes obvious early on that the two-hour dialogue will be anything but. Observing a conversation between Elizabeth Wurtzel and Kristin Hersh is a lot like sipping from your water glass, and swallowing gin.