(HarperCollins, 384 pp., $26.99)
Lionel Shriver’s novel about a school massacre, We Need to Talk About Kevin, was a nasty piece of work, populated by thin-lipped characters that were so unlikeable they might have walked straight out of a cautionary German folktale. Her latest, Big Brother, is about a woman’s relationship with her brother (not her son, as is the case in Kevin—a distinction that is sometimes uncomfortably blurred), who is eating himself to death. Both books are about the sacrifices we are forced to make for filial relations.
Annals of PR
In the wake of a judge’s ruling that ABC can go ahead with its voyeur reality show The Glass House despite its similarities to CBS’s Big Brother, CBS’s press department published a mock press release today announcing a new “ground-breaking and completely original new reality program”: Dancing on the Stars.
“This very creative enterprise will bring a new sense of energy and fun that’s totally unlike anything anywhere else, honest,” said a CBS spokesperson, who also revealed that the Company has been working with a secret team for several months on the creation of the series, which was completely developed by the people at CBS independent of any other programming on the air. “Given the current creative and legal environment in the reality programming business, we’re sure nobody will have any problem with this title or our upcoming half-hour comedy for primetime, POSTMODERN FAMILY.”
Fashion Week Observed
Navigating the realm of fashion publication relations can be a difficult job. For in-house publicists and leading New York PR firms, such as KCD, PR Consulting, Karla Otto, Starworks, Bismarck Phillips and HL Group—fashion week is a marathon: RSVP-management, developing press releases, endless email chains, photography and artistic direction, event and runway production, front-of-house organization, Read More
Watching the mass impulse toward democracy in Iran over the past week has been alternately inspiring and terrifying. The power and clumsiness of the state never fails to scare me and the courage and intensity of the public in the street continues to inspire. Something is different about political participation in these early years of Read More