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  • Controversial pseudo-memoirist James Frey will appear on Larry King Live tonight, presumably to defend his good name against charges that he... ah, hell, like you haven't read all about it by now. I'm hoping he gives Larry a rambling, incoherent, deliriously Brando-esque interview. (Via BookSlut.)
  • Slate's Meghan O'Rourke takes a look at the poetry of Patti Smith, who performed one of her poems on our third Bookcast. O'Rourke's assessment: "[I]t is a welcome surprise to discover that Smith's book is distinguished by its good writing."
  • NPR's website has an essay by Homer Hickam, author of the memoir Rocket Boys (made into the film October Sky, starring a pre-Brokeback Jake Gyllenhaal), in which Hickam memorializes the West Virginia miners who died tragically last week, and writes about the hard life of a miner.
  • The second installment of Art Spiegelman's newest work-in-progress, an autobiographical piece, has been published in the Virginia Quarterly (an excerpt of the first part can be read online, but the second one can only be found in the print edition for now). Levi Asher of LitKicks notes that it's "off to a great start." (Via Bookslut.)
  • Variety reports that director Sam Raimi's next project, after he finishes Spider-Man 3, is a film adaptation of Carnegie Medal winner Terry Pratchett's The Wee Free Men. Pratchett, who is best known worldwide for his hugely popular Discworld series, may see his name on the big screen quite a bit in the near future, if the eagerly anticipated Terry Gilliam film of Good Omens (co-written with Neil Gaiman) finally gets off the ground.
  • This one from our Department of Shameless Self-Promotion:'s own Darin Sennett is quoted in this piece about buying college textbooks online. Here's Darin on the benefits of Internet shopping: "Cheaper prices, better selection and you can order them at night in your underwear." (As to the rumor that Darin himself was in his underwear during the interview... we have no comment.)

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Brockman is the head writer for the daily Book News posts on the 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.

Books mentioned in this post

  1. Rocket Boys: A Memoir Used Trade Paper $7.50
  2. October Sky
    Used Mass Market $3.50
  3. The Wee Free Men
    Used Mass Market $4.50
  4. Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate... New Hardcover $29.99

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