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Pete Townshend: Acquisitions Editor

30 November 2012

Yes, this is the same Pete Townshend who was a 1960’s rock star.

From The New York Times:

You once worked as an acquisitions editor at the British publisher, Faber & Faber. Do you miss anything about that job? 

Are you kidding? That was the best job I ever had. I had lunch with the old chairman, Matthew Evans, this week, and we both went dewy-eyed about the old days. He’s in the House of Lords trying to stay awake, and I’m pounding stages like an aging clown. I loved the way the Faber editorial committee was driven as much by gossip and rumor as ideas. It was fun. Not what you expect in such an esteemed publishing house.

Link to the rest at The New York Times

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3 Comments to “Pete Townshend: Acquisitions Editor”

  1. Wow, interesting how literate Townsend is. If he’s being honest.

    What I liked was this:

    “I loved the way the Faber editorial committee was driven as much by gossip and rumor as ideas. It was fun. Not what you expect in such an esteemed publishing house.”

    Really? It’s exactly what I’d expect from an esteemed publishing house. That the people there are having fun, making decisions based on rumor and gossip.

    While the writer has a day job.

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