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Tuesday, October 28, 2003

News you can use, I guess 

Paul Burrell's biography of Diana is creating a real ruckus, but the Daily Mirror is happy. A few months ago they had shelled out 500,000 pounds to interview Burrell after his trial ended so dramatically, and now the paper's circulation since has increased by nearly enough to recoup the entire investment.

Michiko trashes Martin Amis's YELLOW DOG. Isn't this old news already? Although her summation is rather amusing:

"It bears as much resemblance to Mr. Amis's best fiction as a bad karaoke singer does to Frank Sinatra, as a kitchen magnet of Munch's "Scream" does to the real painting."

Next: Michiko takes on Jessa.

Also at the New York Times, Maurice Sendak and Tony Kushner have been busy doing stuff together. They just put out a picture book, "Brundibar," based on an opera performed by children at the Terezin concentration camp.

The Guardian examines the phenomenon of NaNoWriMo, otherwise known as National Novel Writing Month. I admire all those who are taking part but I'm not really ready to tackle such a thing. Maybe next year.

The Telegraph interviews Pamela Anderson on her upcoming career as a novelist. Not surprisingly I have fixated on this particular exchange:

'I definitely feel well, much more empowered. For instance, these days I read all my own contracts and sign all my own cheques.'
'And you never used to do that before?'
'No! I used to trust everyone.'
'Why do you think that was?'
'Because I'm Canadian.'


PW's interview with DBC Pierre asks the question of whether he's really a British writer and thus "less deserving" of the Man Booker. Funny, I thought the prize went to any writer within the entire Commonwealth, so what does being British really have to do with it?

And no link here, but GQ's current issue has a profile on Michael Connelly by Steve Friedman. It seemed like Friedman was trying so hard to box Connelly into some kind of corner, by holding him up at the expense of other authors. I mean, calling T Jefferson Parker's current books "cartoonish"? Has he even read Parker's books? OTOH it was good that Connelly gave back some, when Friedman started criticizing someone who had blurbed Connelly's first novel. In the end, Connelly came off as he basically is---introverted, wheels constantly turning behind his eyes, always observing--and Friedman succeeding in looking like an asshole.

For better interviews of Mike, there's this recent one about the publication of The Best American Mystery Stories of 2003, which he edited, and my own two favorite from earlier this year: from Robert Birnbaum, and Craig McDonald.

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