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11 Aug 2009 21:30


Culture: Nancy Grace writes a novel. Great. Shoot us now.

  • The plot – at least partly – mirrors her life. Nancy Grace apparently doesn’t have enough ways to sensationalize and annoy us, because now she has a work of fiction coming out. The book, “The Eleventh Victim,” focuses on District Attorney Hailey Dean, a woman whose fiance is murdered weeks before their wedding, convincing her to become a prosecutor. Just like Grace. Blah. The sad part is that this book is going to have an audience. source

20 Jul 2009 11:36


Biz, Tech: It’s like a dime-store novel, except it’s about Facebook

  • Had he really just watched Mark Zuckerberg — reticent, socially awkward Mark — go home with a Victoria’s Secret model? It was the clearest sign yet that Facebook was going to be the biggest thing in the world.
  • A sample from Ben Mezrich’s “The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook A Tale of Sex, Money, Genius and Betrayal” • Regarding co-founder Eduardo Saverin’s shock that Mark Zuckerberg’s getting laid by a Victoria’s Secret model during their first summer in Silicon Valley. Who knows if this is true, but man, it makes for an entertaining read. Check out the full excerpt at the link. • source

15 May 2009 13:01


Culture: “Angels & Demons” courts a vague kind of controversy

  • We’ve been asked a lot about the controversy with the Vatican but no one has made it clear what the controversy is!
  • Ewan McGregor • Who stars in “Angels & Demons” with a bunch of other people confused as to why the Vatican has made such a big deal about Dan Brown’s books and their movie adaptations. • source

10 May 2009 21:26


Biz, World: Czech this out: A neat new format for hyperlocal journalism

  • normal Next month, a bunch of coffee shops will open up around the Czech Republic.
  • neat The shops are hybrids between newsrooms and latte-sipping wi-fi palaces.
  • neater Reporters can interact with regulars, and regulars can bug editors for help.
  • neatest And hey, if the journalism thing doesn’t work out, they can fall back on coffee! source

18 Mar 2009 10:38


Culture: Proof Bill O’Reilly is a social deviant: His audio book

  • “Off With Those Pants!” Bill O’Reilly, when he’s not criticizing the left and getting mocked by them, apparently is an author. To his peril, he released a book of fiction, “Those Who Trespass,” in 1998, which was later put out as an audiobook in 2001. And, oh boy, some of the language is nice and colorful. The Village Voice has done us all a, uh, favor, and gathered some key audio clips. *shudder* source

02 Mar 2009 23:10


Culture: David Foster Wallace’s failed struggle with the written word

  • What goes on inside is just too fast and huge and all interconnected for words to do more than barely sketch the outlines of at most one tiny little part of it at any given instant.
  • Author David Foster Wallace • From a 2001 short story. Wallace died last year after committing suicide. His unfinished third novel, “The Pale King,” will come out next year, but an excerpt is available at The New Yorker Web site. On a side note, this linked article would require 800 ShortFormBlog posts to do justice; it’s freaking huge. • source