We're delighted to regurgitate the completely phenomenal news that
the snarky ladies behind one of our favorite blogs, the most
triumphant Go Fug Yourself, have just landed book deal worth at least a quarter of the total value of Sienna Miller's capri leggings collection:
Publisher's Marketplace reports the sale of "Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan's The Fug Awards,
fashion critiques of celebrity outfits from the authors of a popular
website, to Jeremie Ruby-Strauss at Simon Spotlight Entertainment, in a
good deal, by Scott Hoffman at Folio Literary Management (NA)."
Tomorrow night. Grub Gone . . . Sweaty. We hyped it here a couple weeks back, but it’s worth mentioning again. Tickets remain, but they’re going fast, and the best way to get one is to sign up here. If you were at last summer’s soiree, you know it was a debaucherous sweat-fest. Place was packed and everyone was drenched.?xml:namespace>
Tomorrow night. Grub Gone . . . Sweaty. We hyped it here a couple weeks back, but it’s worth mentioning again. Tickets remain, but they’re going fast, and the best way to get one is to sign up here. If you were at last summer’s soiree, you know it was a debaucherous sweat-fest. Place was packed and everyone was drenched.
"I woke up as the
sun was reddening; and that was the one distinct time in my life, the
strangest moment of all, when I didn't know who I was -- I was far away
from home, haunted and tired with travel, in a cheap hotel room I'd
never seen, hearing the hiss of steam outside and the creak of the old
wood of the hotel, and footsteps upstairs, and all the sad sounds, and
I looked at the cracked high ceiling and really didn't know who I was
for about fifteen strange seconds."
"My argument was that if you really want a story that is
going to portray the organization in all its fullness, then I need to
be there to see all that."
Gay Talese should be proud of Vanity Fair writer (and former Phoenix contributor) Seth Mnookin for taking the hardcore New Journalism
to Fenway Park.
Full disclosure: we’re obsessed with Scotland. Truly, what’s not to love? Bagpipes, sheep, rolling green hills, brawny dudes who wear short plaid skirts with more flair than we ever could. Of course, that’s not quite Irvine Welsh's Edinburgh -- in 1996, he gave us Trainspotting, a blistering black-humor account of the capital’s seedy underbelly, complete with stylish junkies, heroin addicts, raging psychos, and foul-smelling toilets.
Word Up approved lit-links for your case of the Mondays:
*This half of Word Up doesn't buy as many comics as she used to, but
check out Galley Cat's intellectually exhaustive coverage of San Diego's Comic-Con Festival. Holler, tons of important, extremely famous people got their geek on (including Sameul L.
Thanks to a press release that came with a copy of Lois Lowry's new book, we learned that The Giver, a book my little brother cites as one of his alltime faves, is being made into a movie by the same folks who recently did Narnia (we haven’t seen it, but have little faith that it could beat the 1979 animated version), and directed by Vadim Perelman, the same guy who adapted Andre Dubus III’s House of Sand and Fog to the big screen.
It's not just Tom Cruisazy's game
anymore. Katie's looking rough, and we haven't seen so much as the
tiniest glimpse of their L. Ron Hubbard-approved lovechild Suri, but now we've got the insider info on Thomas Pynchon's sixth novel, Against the Day, due in December from Penguin Press.
This is the stuff of dreams! The internerd's crazy Pynchon cult has
got its collective groupie panties in a twist over the
author's not-so-anonymous Amazon.
Word Up knows more about books than hip-hop, but there's bigdeal publishing news for Cambridge-based hip-hop critic Brian Coleman. His highly acclaimed, self-published Rakim Told Me: Hip-Hop Wax Facts, Straight from the Original Artists, an oral history of seminal hip-hop artists from the ’80s, recently got picked up for publication by Villard/Random House for release in mid-2007.
WBUR may have just idiotically yanked their arts coverage, but public radio is still what the brainy boys and girls like to listen to. Lisa Phillips,
a former radio reporter-cum-SUNY journalism professor, is as passionate
about talk radio as commercial stations are about their pre-selected
Top 40 playlists.
Just a friendly reminder from the Word Up crew that Al Gore will be signing copies of An Inconvenient Truth at noon today at the Harvard Book Store. You want to know why it's so freaking hot out? He may tell you, if it doesn't hold up the line too much. But no pushing. You'll all get your face time in.
He's all business now. Why so serious, Al? Oh, it must be because we're killing the planet.
There are two issues in the news that I will be fussing over all day today. The first is the conflict in the Middle East, and obviously, I'm both disturbed and obsessed with that. Second is the fact that a certain Ms. Avril Lavigne has gotten hitched with her one and only Sk8tr Boi,
Deryck Whibley of the pop-punk band Sum 41.
This month Topic
magazine dedicates their 9th issue to Music. Sufjan Stevens, every
indie-yuppie’s (and blogger's) favorite nü-folk multi-instrumentalist
singer-songwriter, has contributed the lead essay. And you know what?
It’s really, really fucking good. Obviously Suf is a scribe; lyrically,
his songs are lovelier and more publishable than a book of Jewel
If you were trying to defy the aging process, wouldn’t you take the advice of a tennis legend who at 49 is still playing Wimbledon, and who can hustle a neon green tennis ball over a net at what may well be the speed of light? Martina Navratilova's Shape Your Self: My 6-Step Diet and Fitness Plan To Achieve the Best Shape of Your Life doesn’t mince words.
In honor of its 10th issue and fifth year, Quick Fiction, a lit mag based in Jamaica Plain, is putting together a special issue and getting real benevolent. Literary magazines normally need every nickel to stay afloat, but for July and August, if you pre-order special issue ten, 15% of proceeds will go to Jumpstart, a national non-profit that works to build literacy skills in at-risk kids.