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Book News for Tuesday, February 7, 2006

  • Former guest blogger Warren St. John is at it again: in today's New York Times, he looks even deeper into the JT Leroy affair, and even gets one of the conspirators to turn against the other. Maybe I'm too much of a Shield fanatic, but I can't help picturing St. John sweating those perps in the interrogation room, pitting one against the other, Vic Mackey style!
  • After watching Brokeback Mountain, Annie Proulx utters the sentiment Dave has so long dreaded and Bolton has too long embraced: "Here it was, the point that writers do not like to admit; film can be more powerful than the written word." It could be argued that all films begin as written word (hence that "Screenplay by" credit), but never mind. (Via Maud Newton.)
  • Slate's Meghan O'Rourke asks, "Do disclaimers give memoirists license to invent?"
  • Uh-oh! Publishers Weekly says comics are going legit:

    In the latest sign that comics have found a home at traditional book publishers, Hill & Wang, a nonfiction imprint at the distinguished literary house Farrar, Straus & Giroux, will publish a series of nonfiction comics works this fall, led by a comics adaptation of The 9/11 Commission Report as well as biographies of Malcolm X and Ronald Reagan. The line of books will be called Novel Graphics, an intentional reference to the awkward term graphic novel, which is sometimes used to refer to even nonfiction works.

    "Awkward"? I don't know what they mean by that — right about now I'd say the term "graphic novel" makes a hell of a lot more sense than "memoir."

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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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3 Responses to "Book News for Tuesday, February 7, 2006"

    Samps February 8th, 2006 at 10:20 am

    You know what? I loved those JT Leroy books and I loved Brokeback Mountain, but I love The Shield even more. It's the only reason I have cable (ok--that and ESPN). Last night's episode was especially awesome. That lady smashing her head through the window and biting that guys face was one of those classic "holy sh*t!" moments that come so often on this show. And how about Forest Whitaker's spazz-out at the end. Oh man!

    Bolton February 8th, 2006 at 10:41 am

    AAAAUUUUGH!!! For the love of God, man, have mercy! SOME of us don't have cable or TiVo, and have to wait for the DVDs. We must know *nothing* of the current season!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Samps February 8th, 2006 at 12:15 pm

    Oh, sorry. Are you still on the Glenn Close episodes then? There's some good times for sure. Keep a bottle of Pepto close by to aid in your knotted stomach woes.

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