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Book News for Wednesday, November 14, 2007

  • In Memoriam: Ira Levin, the playwright and novelist perhaps best known for writing Rosemary's Baby, The Stepford Wives, and Deathtrap, passed away on Monday at the age of 78.

    Combining elements of several genres — mystery, Gothic horror, science fiction and the techno-thriller — Mr. Levin’s novels conjured up a world full of quietly looming menace, in which anything could happen to anyone at any time. In short, the Ira Levin universe was a great deal like the real one, only more so: more starkly terrifying, more exquisitely mundane.

    The Brockman universe is extremely similar, minus the devil children, robotic wives, and homicidal playwrights. Alas.

  • Gone but Not Forgotten: Judith Regan is firing back at her former employers at News Corporation, who canned her last year after the first O.J. book debacle, claiming in a lawsuit

    that a senior executive there encouraged her to lie to federal investigators about her past affair with Bernard B. Kerik after he had been nominated to become homeland security secretary in late 2004.

    [...] Ms. Regan makes the charge at the start of a 70-page filing that seeks $100 million in damages for what she says was a campaign to smear and discredit her by her bosses at HarperCollins and its parent company, News Corporation, after her project to publish a book with O.J. Simpson was abandoned amid a storm of protest.

    Which has me wondering: what the hell does anyone do with $100 million? Other than buy lots of companies that will generate another $100 million — and then what?

    Donate it to charity or the poor or help save Darfur, I guess. I'm sure Judith Regan is just chomping at the bit to aid in any of those worthy causes.

  • Speaking of Fuzzy Logic: Why the Goldmans did it.
  • Who's Afraid of Beowulf? The Los Angeles Times asks, "So why Beowulf? And why now?"

    I would respond with, "Why not?"

    But then, I'm not a poor features writer looking to fill empty space in a newspaper.

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Brockman is the head writer for the daily Book News posts on the 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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