The Dilettantes

The Dilettantes

Book - 2013
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The Peak: a university student newspaper with a hard-hitting mix of inflammatory editorials, hastily thrown-together comics and reviews, and a news section run the only way self-taught journalists know how—sloppily. Alex and Tracy are two of The Peak's editors, staring down graduation and struggling to keep the paper relevant to an increasingly indifferent student body. But trouble looms large when a big-money free daily comes to the west-coast campus, threatening to swallow what remains of their readership whole. It’ll take the scoop of a lifetime to save their beloved campus rag. An exposé about the mysterious filmed-on-campus viral video? Some good old-fashioned libel? Or what about that fallen Hollywood star, the one who’s just announced he's returning to Simon Fraser University to finish his degree?
Publisher: Calgary : Freehand Books, 2013
ISBN: 9781554811823
Branch Call Number: F HIN NVD
Characteristics: 267 p. ; 23 cm

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Jun 13, 2015

“Commas ain’t me,” the guy said. “It’s bourgeois. ‘Pause here,’ or whatever. Don’t tell me where I’m supposed to pause, okay? Do not do it.”

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andreareads
Jun 13, 2015

Secretly he’d fantasized about becoming a writer for as long as he could remember. He never imagined himself actually sitting down to work, though – only giving thoughtful, post-Pulitzer interviews to Charlie Rose during which he expounded his many searing opinions about life and art.

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Jun 13, 2015

The _sic_ was indeed the truest, most merciless arrow in an editor’s quiver.

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Jun 13, 2015

You know, the last thing the world needs is more writing. We’re full up as it is, and most of it is useless. So if you’re not in it to really connect with someone, then do us all a favour and pack it in.

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KateHillier Jan 05, 2014

Saw this on some book list on the CBC website and I'm glad I took the time, it's a fun, and funny, read about a struggling student newspaper at a Canadian university in 2009 and the shenanigans that go along with that and being in the final year of university. Started out strong, could have ended a bit a stronger, but still an enjoyable read.

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