Monday, August 2, 2010

Anne Rice Quits Christianity & Dr. Seuss Sneakers

Tricia’s on vacation in Europe, so it’s my responsibility to feed the blog this week.
Fortunately, the Internet has provided more than enough silage. (However, if you only read this blog for Tricia’s reviews, consider this your week off.)

1. MobyLives updates us on the Amazon/Random House/Wylie Agency triple-threat match. Andrew Wylie — who MobyLives refers to by his old sobriquet, The Jackal — has threatened that his operation will grow exponentially if major publishing houses do not offer better percentages for the e-book rights for backlisted books.

Wylie said, “If we do not reach an accord, Odyssey (Wylies’s publishing company, which distributes exclusively through Amazon) will grow. It will not publish 20 books, it will publish 2,000 and have outside investors and make itself available to other agents.”

According to MobyLives, none of the publishers seem intimidated; and Random House persists in its embargo of Wylie authors.

“Our position is unchanged. Random House will not do new business deals with a literary agency which sets themselves up as a direct competitor of ours with our titles,” said company spokesman Stuart Applebaum.

2. HTMLGiant lists some literary doppelgangers — famous authors and their look-a-likes. (My favorite: Raymond Carver & John Candy. It makes me wish that Candy would have lived long enough to star in the biopic.)

Everything Simultaneously chipped in with a bonus doppelganger — Jean Genet & Flea.

3. Anne Rice has posted that she has quit Christianity on her Facebook page.

“In the name of Christ, I refuse to be anti-gay. I refuse to be anti-feminist. I refuse to be anti-artificial birth control. I refuse to be anti-Democrat. I refuse to be anti-secular humanism. I refuse to be anti-science. I refuse to be anti-life. In the name of Christ, I quit Christianity and being Christian. Amen,” she wrote.

It seems like Rice has confused Christianity with Catholicism.

4. Michelle Kerns describes the seven stages of grieving one suffers after paying full price for the hardcover edition of an awful book. (To which, I reply, who still pays full price for books?)

5. Dr. Seuss-inspired Converse are the coolest kicks since the Redman-designed shelltoes. Sadly, the best designs are only in children’s sizes.

6. Old Spice dude weighs in on libraries.

-Jason Lea,


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