Tinkers’ Chain

April 20, 2010 | 1 book mentioned 2

At Slate, The Pulitzer win for Tinkers continues to shine a light on what’s broken about the publishing industry right now. “Instead of relying on the Great Chain of Publishing… Tinkers’ chain jumped several links to get to the Pulitzer.” (Thanks, Craig)

created and edits The Millions. He is co-editor of the collection of essays The Late American Novel: Writers on the Future of Books, called "funny, poignant, relentlessly thought-provoking" by The Atlantic. He and his family live in New Jersey. If you'd like to correspond, please don't hesitate to email.


  1. What an odd piece. The first link in the Great Chain of Publishing is news to me — I wonder if the writer is aware that not all novelists come out of MFA programs, and I’m not sure I entirely understand why it would be a tragedy if that clubby chain, as she describes it, breaks. And has she really not read any novels in the last few years that have changed the way she sees the world? I could offer a list of reading suggestions, but she’s probably better off going to an independent bookseller for that.

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