News Corp. Meltdown
Tony Blair’s tanned and confident appearance before the UK government’s media ethics probe today was briefly interrupted when a heckler entered the proceedings and accused the former prime minister of profiting off the Iraq war through a contract with JP Morgan.
Literary Review, a British monthly publication, does its best to alleviate the pains caused by all the cringe-inducing, overwrought, or just plain gross sex scenes that appear in the pages of the world’s most acclaimed novels. Each year it hands out a Bad Sex Award to a novelist who rendered that sacred sensual act laughably Read More
We’re all over the world with today’s list of indicators of societal decay. We ask questions across the ocean: does Tony Blair know fiction from reality? We call through the mists of Redmond, WA: has anyone at Microsoft headquarters bothered to Bing a map of West Virginia? And right here at home: should we thank Read More
The book tour for A Journey, the tell-all memoir from former British PM Tony Blair, is not exactly going according to plan. Upon arriving in Dublin to meet fans and sign copies of the highly anticipated book, Blair found the event swarmed by anti-war protestors wielding items such as shoes and eggs. These items soon Read More
In quotes from his memoir A Journey printed in today’s Daily Telegraph, former British PM Tony Blair discusses his somewhat Hitch-esque liquor intake — ”Stiff whisky or G&T before dinner, couple of glasses of wine or even half a bottle with it” — his feelings toward successor Gordon Brown and his country’s involvement in Read More
In case you haven’t heard, white, male and Brooklyn-dwelling novelist Jonathan Franzen’s latest novel, Freedom, was released for non-presidential people today. It currently sits atop Amazon’s bestseller list, and apparently it’s very good or something.
But it seems British online book-buyers don’t want much to do with the “Great American Novelist.” Across Read More
HarperCollins announced today that they’ll be publishing a new book by Sarah Palin–who is, as you’ll recall, “the #1 New York Times bestselling author of GOING ROGUE: An American Life.” According to a press release, the yet-untitled book “will be a celebration of American virtues and strengths.”
Meanwhile, Knopf says they’ll be publishing Tony Blair’s Read More
It seems like only a few glandular cases are obsessed with the fact that Barack Obama knows Bill Ayers, the vintage ’60s “revolutionary” and former mad bomber, with everyone else including the New York Post dismissing the charge as a low blow.
But the Ayers controversy is only the spearhead of a massive Internet Read More
Karl Rove’s memoir, whose rights will be auctioned beginning today, should fetch around $3 million, according to an unnamed publisher who plans to bid on it and spoke to The New York Post‘s Keith Kelly.
That would be significantly less than memoirs by Tony Blair, Teddy Kennedy, and both Bill and Hillary Clinton, Read More
By Robert Harris
Simon & Schuster, 335 pages, $26
“This is a work of fiction,” says the bold type on the copyright page of Robert Harris’ The Ghost. “Names, characters, places and incidents are either products of the author’s imagination or are used fictitiously. Any resemblance to actual persons, living Read More