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Book News for Wednesday, April 9, 2008

  • Bonk If You're Horny: Courtesy of Slate, here's Mary Roach, author of Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex, discussing scientific myths about sex and "how she and her husband became the first couple to be filmed on 4-D ultrasound while having sex."

    And yes, you will see the actual film of their endeavors (don't get too excited — it's kinda creepy). Plus, you'll also get to see Roach make the classic "index finger through the index-to-thumb hole" gesture for a scientific discussion of intercourse!

    Read Dave's somewhat less sexy interview with Mary Roach here.

  • WE Are the Champions: In a bid to (quoting Publishers Weekly here) "do for novel writing what American Idol did for music and what Wikipedia did for information," the Internet start-up WEbook has launched today.

    According to the website:

    You are the "we" in WEbook. Work with friends on your inspiration or add a few lines to someone else's. The very best work will be published as WEbooks.

    Which can only lead to good things, right? C'mon, people, look how American Idol made pop music 10,000 times better! Uh, wait... scratch that last part. WEbook will be better.

    And if you want proof, their first published work is Itai Kohavi's Pandora. Which, um, we don't seem to have in stock.

  • Nice Life, Gaywad: An interview with semi-retiring Perry Bible Fellowship creator Nicholas Gurewitch is always worth a look, especially because you never know if a unicorn might impale you in mid-read.

    COMICMIX: Now that you have a bit more free time, how are you spending it?

    NICHOLAS GUREWITCH: I'm working on a few more books to come out through Dark Horse and I'm writing a feature-length movie script that I've wanted to write for years. That's at the forefront of my mind right now. I'm really excited about it.

    CMix: The books you're working on, are they related to PBF or are they different projects entirely?

    NG: One is a sequel or replacement for the Colonel Sweeto book. It's a more expensive book that has more comics in it. The other would be a spin-off, if you wanted to call it that — it's a continuation of one of the stories.

    CMix: What story?

    NG: It's the one with the French title that looks like a woodcut. It’s about the Grim Reaper trying to dispose of a baby. He fails, and it's kind of a sad moment that makes you think, because it's sad that he didn’t kill a baby. But I'm trying to play with that irony a little more in this small book that I'm doing.

    I can hardly contain my eagerness for these books — even as I struggle to suppress my envy reflex. Just a quarter of a century old and already he's semi-retired and working on screenplays... sigh.

    On certain days I imagine God's sense of humor is a lot like Gurewitch's...

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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.

Books mentioned in this post

  1. The Perry Bible Fellowship: The...
    Used Hardcover $13.95
  2. Bonk: The Curious Coupling of...
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