Watergate-era Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee had doubts about Deep Throat, according to a new biography of Mr. Bradlee written by Jeff Himmelman, Watergate reporter Bob Woodward’s former assistant. [New York magazine]
But Mr. Woodward tells Politico that Mr. Himmelman left out an interview in which Mr. Bradlee defends the reporting.
“There’s a transcript of an interview that Himmelman did with Bradlee 18 months ago in which Ben undercuts the [New York magazine] piece. It’s amazing that it’s not in Jeff’s piece,” Woodward said. “It’s almost like the way Nixon’s tapings did him in, Jeff’s own interview with Bradlee does him in.” [Politico]
Toni Morrison, born Chloe Wofford, and regrets using her nickname and her ex-husband’s name on her first novel:
“Wasn’t that stupid?” she says. “I feel ruined!” [...] “Oh God! It sounds like some teenager—what is that?” She wheeze-laughs, theatrically sucks her teeth. “But Chloe.” She grows expansive. “That’s a Greek name. People who call me Chloe are the people who know me best,” she says. “Chloe writes the books.” Toni Morrison does the tours, the interviews, the “legacy and all of that.” [New York magazine]
Amazon’s “price bot” gives away Buzz Bissinger’s book for free to compete with a one-week Apple promotion. [NY Times]
NBC Universal calls TV apps “beachfront property.” [NY Times]
Jill Zarin is jealous of fellow Real Housewife Kelly Bensimon’s book publicity budget. [Page Six]
The final nights at KISS FM. [NY Times]
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