9.9

by Kelvin Smith

A multitude of book-people in an uninterruptable discussion of the past, present and future of publishing, with easy-to-follow online headlines, participants reaching out beyond the meeting halls, tapping on tiny keyboards.

One topic is hidden under each agenda: worry and confusion, lack of conviction and sense of purpose.  Everyone struts together to articulate a reason for continuing in the profession, and face-to-face meeting seems to make this bearable.  There’s much mention of drink; nostalgia for the publishing lunch, the launch party, the award ceremony.

Perspectives of publishing stretch to an out-of-reach vanishing point, and there’s a wistful wondering with each limit overcome and corner peered round.