- In Memoriam: New York Review of Books co-founder Elizabeth Hardwick has passed away at the age of 91.
The New York Times has a tribute.
- Running On Empty: According to the New York Times, "The Kite Runner Boys are safely out of Kabul."
You may recall concerns over the safety of the Afghan boys who acted in the film version of Khaled Hosseini's bestseller, who "were feared to be vulnerable to reprisal because of the film’s depiction of a culturally inflammatory rape scene."
Now that they're out of harm's way in the United Arab Emirates, the film will open on Dec. 14th.
However, Slate's Kim Masters cautions that this isn't a Hollywood ending by any means:
[Paramount marketing executive Megan] Colligan may feel better, but another source involved in the Paramount effort doesn't. "No matter how you look at it, their families are going to be split — maybe temporarily or long-term," he says....Bear in mind that the problem arose, according to one of the child stars and his father, because the studio misled the children about the nature of the project.
And everyone at Paramount must be crossing their fingers that Runner won't turn out to be another Snow Falling on Cedars or Memoirs of a Geisha at the box office, or the whole mess will sure seem just a little bit pointless.
- Beautiful 'Bucks: The newest book to be sold in Starbucks stores will be Beautiful Boy: A Father's Journey Through His Son's Addiction by David Sheff.
"We seek titles that will inspire conversation both in our stores and with our customers," says Ken Lombard, president Starbucks Entertainment. "David’s story embraces a depth of emotion, support and human resilience that brings readers face-to-face with an epidemic that is sweeping the nation. We are excited to have the opportunity to present this genuine, personal memoir to our customers while they gulp down a tasty, high-fat eggnog latte and savor a delicious, seasonal peppermint caramel pumpkin pie gingerbread scone."
I'm already hard at work on my own, very personal memoir about my difficult struggle to quit drinking six lattes a day while learning how to walk away from a counter full of saturated fat-filled pastries. I call it Beautiful Brock.
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