Archive for February, 2007

No Big Buts, Thankfully
By February 9, 2007 1 Comments Read More →

No Big Buts, Thankfully

So, as I cryptically alluded to a few weeks ago, I wrote a book: Cold Lessons. I used a pen name: Michael McCulloch. Like any first-time author, I eagerly awaited the reviews, hoping they would be glowing, or at least not too brutally specific about my shortcomings as a writer. Unlike a lot of first-time authors, I have […]

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48 Hours? Puh-leeze!
By February 8, 2007 0 Comments Read More →

48 Hours? Puh-leeze!

From Galleycat (“From Arrest to Book Deal: 48 Hours“): Be careful what you wish for. That’s the line in my head after an early morning conversation with a friend musing about whether someone would be snapping up fallen NASA astronaut Lisa Marie Nowak to a book deal for her recent 1000-mile trek to attempt kidnapping […]

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AP Reviews Fall, No One Notices
By February 7, 2007 0 Comments Read More →

AP Reviews Fall, No One Notices

At first I was going to write something snarky about this Publishers Weekly news item (“AP Drops Reviews“), maybe headline it something like, “Because who wrote it is really more important than what they wrote” — a reference to the Associated Press’s claim that they’ll replace actual book reviews with book-related coverage in the Arts […]

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All of His Subtle Symbolism Ignored
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All of His Subtle Symbolism Ignored

A signing to promote Alex Rodriguez’s picture book (illustrated by Frank Morrison), Out of the Ballpark (2007), wasn’t exactly a home run, according to Michael Morrissey of the New York Post (“A-Rod Troubles Are Open Book“): Alex Rodriguez’s appearance at a signing for his children’s book was mishandled by his publicist and bookstore staff members, turning the ballyhooed […]

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But is he any good at video games?
By February 7, 2007 0 Comments Read More →

But is he any good at video games?

Eleven-year-old Michael Dowling, a prodigy with an IQ of 170, has just delivered his third fantasy novel, the last in a trilogy, to his publisher. (Dowling writes with his mother, Diane Purkiss, under the pseudonym Tobias Druitt). The first book, Corydon & the Island of Monsters (2006), was called “a treat for readers who enjoy viewing old […]

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James Patterson Meets All of Your Reading Needs
By February 6, 2007 5 Comments Read More →

James Patterson Meets All of Your Reading Needs

At USA Today (“Publishing juggernaut Patterson keeps rolling along“), Bob Minzesheimer profiles James Patterson, who must consume prodigious quantities of wood pulp and ink in order to produce such a large pile of books. He has six coming out this year alone. Actually, Patterson gets a lot of help from other writers. The article profiles his relationship with Michael […]

HP Day: 7-21-07
By February 2, 2007 2 Comments Read More →

HP Day: 7-21-07

J. K. Rowling’s seventh–and final–Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, has been slated for release at 12:01 a.m. on July 21, 2007. The number of Amazon.com preorders generated by the announcement caused the giant Web retailer to shudder, shriek, smoke, and collapse in a heap of melted plastic, frayed wires, and charred circuit boards. Actually, the […]

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Bad Books We Love to Hate
By February 1, 2007 3 Comments Read More →

Bad Books We Love to Hate

Bad books by celebrities are favorite targets of people who write for a living. We attack them with both humor and outrage, excoriating them because: a) they are bad, and some of us are even paid to judge between good and bad books, and, b) they reek of hubris. I’m good at acting/singing/lawyering/investment banking/tacking lucrative appropriations for […]

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