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Archive for November, 2006

Thu, November 30th, 2006
Iain Hollingshead Wins the Bad Sex
Posted by: Keir Graff

Alternate post title: “It’s for Writing about It, Not, You Know…” Saw this first on Galleycat: Iain Hollingshead, author of Twentysomething: The Quarter Life Crisis of Jack Lancaster (Booklist called it a “lad’s version of Bridget Jones’s Diary”), has won Literary Review‘s Bad Sex in Fiction Award. (Not, by the way, The Literary Review.) From the […]


Wed, November 29th, 2006
Top of the List
Posted by: Keir Graff

By the way, on Monday, I cast my votes for this year’s Top of the List. I’m not trying to be all mysterious and dramatic, I just thought I’d mention it. Oh, and did I mention that the votes have been tallied? And that I know who the winners are? (For the Adult section, that is–I don’t […]


Tue, November 28th, 2006
Pablo Fenjves, Part Two
Posted by: Keir Graff

Longer articles on the reclusive Mr. Fenjves, O.J. Simpson’s ghostwriter, appear in the Los Angeles Times: For now, Fenjves remains holed up in his Brentwood home – the same one he lived in when he was Nicole Brown Simpson’s neighbor – fending off reporters who are awaiting the conclusion to this latest chapter of the […]


Tue, November 28th, 2006
For Those Who Care Where Evocative Expressions Were Stolen
Posted by: Keir Graff

I’m reading the new John Shannon novel right now, The Dark Streets. So far, so good–reading a favorite author can be comforting, like catching up with a friend you haven’t seen for awhile. The familiar prose is like a familiar voice. Anyway, on page 46: Jack Liffey had a bit of unmanageable mid-day time to […]


Tue, November 28th, 2006
William Diehl, R.I.P.
Posted by: Keir Graff

From the Los Angeles Times: William Diehl, the bestselling author known best for “Sharky’s Machine” and “Primal Fear” – fast-paced thrillers that became hit movies – died Friday at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta. He was 81. (I’ve warned you before that I’m an obituary reader.) Diehl led a more interesting life than most people, and had […]


Tue, November 28th, 2006
Why I Was Just a Little Bit Late into the Office This Morning
Posted by: Keir Graff

Thought for the day: getting a two-year-old dressed in the morning is like trying to help a belligerent drunk into his clothes on the deck of a ship in a stormy sea.


Mon, November 27th, 2006
Who Did It? Pablo Fenjves
Posted by: Keir Graff

In “If They Did It“–boy, we’re really wearing that out, aren’t we?–Rebecca Dana offers more postmortem on O. J. Simpson’s now canceled book and interview. Among the many details (some of them interesting, some of them arguable, such as Dana’s assertion that Barbara Walters is a “journalist”): Ms. Regan arranged a phone call between Ms. […]


Mon, November 27th, 2006
“The Literary Equivalent of Suicide by Cop”
Posted by: Keir Graff

More old news. In his Slate article “Dead Plagiarists Society,” Paul Collins discusses intriguing possibilities in the age of Google: Given the popularity of plagiarism-seeking software services for academics, it may be only a matter of time before some enterprising scholar yokes Google Book Search and plagiarism-detection software together into a massive literary dragnet, scooping out […]


Mon, November 27th, 2006
Catching Up on the Screenews
Posted by: Keir Graff

As I observe a strict no-blogging-on-holidays policy, I’m just now catching up on some of last week’s news. It’s always fun to read about lost manuscripts being found. Keith J. Kelly, Media Ink columnist for the New York Post, suggests that an English professor’s discovery of Eugene O’Neill’s “The Screenews of War” might just be chum in the waters for […]


Wed, November 22nd, 2006
Meta Outrage
Posted by: Keir Graff

Publishers Lunch notes that Amazon still has a page up for Orenthal James Simpson’s now-canceled book, If I Did It. They also note the unusual number and variety of user meta tags. Okay, well, maybe “variety” is the wrong word. They range from “boycott regan books” to “shame on amazon,” with a few “i could […]





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