- When You Get to the Bottom You Go Back to the Top: On the 40th anniversary of the Manson murders, Helter Skelter author Vincent Bugliosi writes about how he put notorious killer Charles Manson in prison.
Joan Didion would later write that the '60s ended the night of the Tate murders, which put the lie to the counterculture's message of peace and love and exposed the dark side of unlimited sex and drugs. The victims — Tate, celebrity hairdresser Jay Sebring, coffee heiress Abigail Folger and her lover, Voytek Frykowski (along with a passerby, Steve Parent) — were young and privileged enough to dabble in the pleasures of that culture. The Manson family was its most grotesque and dangerous permutation.
Plus: a where-are-they-now diagram, just to chill your blood a little bit.
- Farewell: On a more personal note — as you may have read in Shelf Awareness and Publishers Weekly, our Director of Marketing and Development, Dave Weich, has left Powells.com after more than 11 years.
I wanted to include a tribute to Dave, but there's really just way too much material to pick even a handful of examples. He conducted the majority of our author interviews (the first 22 of which were collected into a book that's still available), wrote years' worth of Fup stories, created the Out of the Book and Indiespensable programs, and wrote innumerable blog posts. That doesn't even scratch the surface of his contributions.
We wish him well in the future. To say he will be missed is a gross understatement.
Book News Round-up:
- The Seattle Times meets Reg Keeland, the translator of the late Stieg Larsson's bestselling novels The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (now in paperback!) and the latest to hit the U.S., The Girl Who Played with Fire.
- The Daily Beast has begun the Barack Obama Book Club, "comb[ing] newspaper archives and peek[ing] into Air Force One tote bags to bring you the complete list of the books Obama has been reading — or, well, strategically let on that he is reading — since the beginning of the 2008 campaign."
- eWeek.com predicts that the burgeoning Amazon Kindle/Sony eReader battle will benefit consumers and businesses alike.
- The Rumpus reprints a San Francisco-based indie bookseller's take on Amazon's Kindle and eBooks in general. An intriguing view from the inside.
- It isn't book news, but choosing your own apocalypse is just too much fun not to share with you!
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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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