You'll have to excuse me today, I'm still a little woozy after that new episode of Arrested Development I sat through last night. It was awful. I've missed almost all of season three, so maybe it was just out of context, but after that travesty I'm wondering if the show has truly gone off the rails — and if it wasn't a blessing that FOX is probably cancelling it. At least I have my DVDs of the first two seasons.
And I have this website, which is making me laugh out loud — and has inspired me to ask Santa for the NewsRadio DVD. But I digress. On to book stuff, interspersed with choice quotes from NewsRadio's Jimmy James:
- Last night, at 12:01 a.m., author and Crips gang co-founder Stanley Tookie Williams was put to death by lethal injection at San Quentin prison in California. According to Salon's account, Williams's supporters (including a Los Angeles Times reporter) cried out, "The state of California just killed an innocent man."
- According to the New York Times, HarperCollins is creating "its own digital library of all of its book and audio content and [will] make it searchable by consumers on the Internet."
- Slate has some harsh words about New York Times columnist Frank Rich. Maybe Rich should sue — which puts me in mind of something Jimmy James once said: "I've got so many lawyers lined up to see me, you'd think I had tobacco leaking out of my breast implants."
- Playing a bit of catch-up here: we all know Richard Pryor died last weekend. (Slate remembers him here.) Science fiction legend Robert Sheckley also passed away on Friday, December 9.
- Brokeback Mountain is leading the pre-Oscar race. The film is winning major critics' awards (selected as "Best Picture" by both the L.A. and New York Film Critics Associations, among others) and has been nominated for seven Golden Globes. Some of the stodgier members of the Academy might not like the overt homosexuality of the film, but as Jimmy James once said, "Dave, loosen up a little bit. A good boss has to loosen up now and again. Case in point: me. I'm half loaded right now." ("Dave" being Dave Foley's character, Dave Nelson, not Powells.com's Dave Weich.)
- As if hearing the indignant cries of Publishers Lunch following their seasonal death knell for the publishing industry, yesterday's New York Times had a profile on noted fantasy author George R. R. Martin, whom Time called "the American Tolkien." The same day, the Times featured Janet Maslin reviewing the latest Dean Koontz novel, Forever Odd.
- Powells.com hearts Salman Rushdie, who has an op-ed piece in The Times (U.K.). (MoorishGirl showed us the way.)
- And a final word from Jimmy James:
Mr. James: Dave, whenever I have a bee in my bonnet... I find it helps to take my hat off.
Mr. James: Meaning I take my hat off, the bee flies out...do I need to draw you a picture?
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Brockman is the head writer for the daily Book News posts on the Powells.com blog. In his free time he's hard at work on his fictional memoir, which changes titles daily.
The views and commentary posted by Brockman are entirely his own, and are not representative of the whole of Powell's Books, its employees, or any sane human being.
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