Last week, I flipped out a little at the news that the Hudson River Hero, Sully Sullenberger, was about to sign a book deal for 2 books and $2.5 Million. Well, it’s official and it’s worse than I thought. The deal is for $3.2 Million dollars! And the second book is a book of inspirational poems. Last week I wondered if Sully was a ‘pilot Hemingway’, not even having the balls for the terribly alliterative ‘pilot poet.’
Good for Sully. Publishers, you’re doing this to yourself.
Oh, and since we haven’t talked about it in a couple weeks, Clay Shirky says newspapers are still fucked, too.
Round and round this goes, with the people committed to saving newspapers demanding to know â€œIf the old model is broken, what will work in its place?â€ To which the answer is: Nothing. Nothing will work. There is no general model for newspapers to replace the one the internet just broke.