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After ten years, this pendulum may now be getting ready to swing back the other way. Too many new "novels" are not former magazine serials--however arrived at--but puffed-up novelettes. Some of them were books all along, cut down for magazine use. But by far the greater percentage are not--they are padded, patched together or published in a design form that makes a lousy forty thousand words stretch across too many pages which are mostly margin and elephantiasical type. They are sometimes written by third-rate writers who are being overpaid in compensation for missing the apprenticeship that magazine work forces on its steady practitioners.
My lips are clamped so hard they hurt. I am determined to ignore him until he is so bored he'll find a way to go somewhere else. He'll find someone who knows the rules. "That's it," Harry says, pointing to a tall gray house nearly hidden behind shrubbery. It is beautiful, with bay windows, stained-glass panels, professional landscaping . . A heavyset man in shorts, holding a can of varnish, is touching up a motorboat in the driveway. "Hello," I say, getting out of the car. "I'm looking for Sonia.
It was January 1970, in the middle of my first year at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. I had been hired in 1969 fresh out of graduate school and taught my first class that summer. UWGB had just opened as the experimental and innovative campus of the University of Wisconsin and it featured a lot of team teaching and specialized courses. One of those courses was on "Futurism," a movement given a great boost by the publication of Alvin and Heidi Toffler's Future Shock in 1968. It was a January interim four-week, team-taught course and one of the instructors was Professor Patricia Warrick, with whom I shared a small office.