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Book News for Black Friday, November 28, 2008

I assume most of you are out and about supporting our Capitalist market by plunking down hard-earned money for items you hope your friends and relatives will appreciate. Ahhh...isn't that what the holidays are all about?

  • W.A.S.T.E.D.: Sounds like reclusive author Thomas Pynchon will return to the world of Southern California explored in The Crying of Lot 49 with the release of his next book, Inherent Vice.

    The LA Times reports on the plot:

    It’s been awhile since Doc Sportello has seen his ex-girlfriend. Suddenly out of nowhere she shows up with a story about a plot to kidnap a billionaire land developer whom she just happens to be in love with. Easy for her to say. It’s the tail end of the psychedelic sixties in L.A., and Doc knows that “love” is another of those words going around at the moment, like “trip” or “groovy,” except that this one usually leads to trouble. Despite which he soon finds himself drawn into a bizarre tangle of motives and passions whose cast of characters includes surfers, hustlers, dopers and rockers, a murderous loan shark, a tenor sax player working undercover, an ex-con with a swastika tattoo and a fondness for Ethel Merman, and a mysterious entity known as the Golden Fang, which may only be a tax dodge set up by some dentists.

    In this lively yarn, Thomas Pynchon, working in an unaccustomed genre, provides a classic illustration of the principle that if you can remember the sixties, you weren’t there . . . or . . . if you were there, then you . . . or, wait, is it . . .

    Pynchon, the psychedelic sixties, and Ethel Merman -- I'm there!

    • Picture This: Actor and sometime photographer Jeff Bridges will release a new book of behind-the-scenes images from this summer's blockbuster Iron Man.

      There [is] lots of great stuff including a look inside Stan Winston studios, photos from early production meetings, a wardrobe test, and various sets from the film.

      "[A] fun and down-to-earth peek inside a world often only seen through the overpolished lens of Hollywood," cheered Publishers Weekly of his first book of photographs.

      • Don't Not Panic: Michael Lewis has been making the rounds to support his latest book, Panic: The Story of Modern Financial Insanity.

        Not only did he swing by the NPR studios to talk on Morning Edition (listen here), but he also dropped by to visit with Stephen Colbert.

        "With exquisite timing, the anthology ends with detailed and depressing essays on the subprime mortgage crisis and the bundling of debt by American financial institutions, and the theory behind those actions," reveals Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

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        Have no fear, Brockman will return to snark away for Cyber Monday!

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Tavis adds content and edits images for His favorite books are original screenplays, and his favorite movies are based on books. Go figure.

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