In a perfect world–you know, the one where we don’t spend all day analyzing our feelings about exactly why it’s so disgusting to offer $10,000 for certain un-touched photos of a certain someone’s certain magazine shoot–our bookshelves would be filled with the kind of diversity not found on a certain someone’s TV show.
But it’s not, so we have to take what we can get: A female-dominated list of top fiction/non-fiction books checked out of the New York Public Library, where five of the entries are comprised of E.L. James (two books), Danielle Steel (ditto) and Sheryl Sandberg.
And for today’s yikes news … E.L. James’s Fifty Shades of Grey has surpassed Harry Potter and The Da Vinci Code series to become the best-selling book of all time this week in Britain.
Could this be the thing that boosts classical music sales? EMI Classics is set to release the album Fifty Shades of Grey, fifteen tracks of classical music selected by E L James to accompany her bestselling erotic novel. Tracks are to include Pachelbel’s Canon, a Bach aria, and more, with Vintage Books describing the music as Read More
Annals of the Zeitgeist
“Christian Grey is watching us,” announced Divalysscious Moms founder Lyss Stern, to the hundreds of women gathered outside Carlyle on the Green in Bethpage, Long Island, waiting for a luncheon Monday to celebrate E.L. James‘s bondage erotica trilogy Fifty Shades of Grey. The series, recently released in paperback by Vintage. has sparked everything from an SNL skit to jewelry to sex workshops at erotic boutiques. The women, who paid $85 to hear the British author, had read every page—in many cases multiple times—and were quick to point out purple dresses among them, like the one worn (and removed) in the books.
Upon entering, we were greeted by couches draped with lacy black panties, feather boas and torn jeans, along with quotes from the book on mirrors, such as, “Miss Steele, I do believe you’re making my palm twitch.”
Fifty Shades of Grey—the S&M publishing phenomenon fueled by discreet e-book sales—is having a slow motion moment in The New York Times.
First, in the Business section, Julie Bosman wrote about the word-of-mouth buzz that caused a bidding war among publishing houses for the erotic novel’s re-release, which ended with highbrow Knopf shelling Read More