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  • Sarah Palin Is Writing a Book About the War on Christmas

    Sarah Palin is coming out with a new book called A Happy Holiday IS a Merry Christmas. You betcha it'll be good, considering the author and the CAPITALIZATION in the title for EMPHASIS, the hallmark of all thoughtful literature.

    Per Palin, "This will be a fun, festive, thought-provoking book, which will encourage all to see what is possible when we unite in defense of our faith and ignore the politically correct Scrooges who would rather take Christ out of Christmas."

    HarperCollins announced the book will criticize the "over-commercialism" of Christmas and also that it will be available in November, just in time for the Christmas shopping season.

    Photo by Paul Morigi/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images


    Tags: Books, Christmas, Sarah Palin, War on Christmas
  • If You Can Read This, You Might Live in America's Most Literate City

    Also, you're probably not from Bakersfield, California. That city placed last in an annual study of 75 large American cities aimed at ranking "America's Most Literate Cities."

    The study, by Central Connecticut State University president John Miller, is based on data that includes the number of bookstores, library resources, newspaper circulation, Internet access and educational attainment.

    To the top 10:

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    Tags: Books, Education, Washington DC
  • Green Shoots: "Fifty Shades of Grey" Publisher Gives out $5K Bonuses

    Fifty Shades of GreyThere was some good employment news this morning.

    There was even better employment news on Wednesday night, if you're lucky enough to be employed by Random House.

    At the company's Christmas party, employees were told that they'd each be getting $5,000 bonuses–that's all employees, from executives to lowly copyeditors to even-lowlier warehouse workers–because the publishing giant had such an incredibly profitable year.

    "Hang on," you say. "Aren't books just the things you use to prop up your iPad?"

    Yes, but not when those books are penned by E. L. James, whose schlocky Twilight rip-off Fifty Shades of Grey was acquired by Random House and became the fastest-selling book of all time. I wonder what percentage of world economic activity is attributable to this book, its forthcoming sequels and the sale of fake-silk neckties to suburban moms? Sixteen percent, maybe? More?

    Lesson learned: Instead of arguing about how to create jobs and finance higher education, lawmakers should just send every American under the age of 25 to a fanfic workshop and call it a day.

    Previously
    Fifty Shades of Grey: The Lost Newt Gingrich Passages


    Tags: Books, Money, Unemployment
  • Did Glenn Beck Stick His Name on Someone Else's Book?

    They say that the true art of writing is rewriting. But most people misinterpret that as meaning that it's a long process of refining your written word over and over again until the text is a finely-crafted narrative-delivering vessel and the phrasing seems both effortless and poetic. That's not it at all.

    All you really need to do is know how to rewrite the author page, so that you've successfully replaced the actual author's name with your own. Or, at least that's what I gather from this account by an editor writing for Salon

    "Two weeks ago I discovered, to my surprise, that I had line-edited an early draft of Glenn Beck’s new novel, Agenda 21. Glenn Beck! At the time I was working on it, the manuscript belonged to its actual author, a woman named Harriet Parke, who lives a few minutes from my aunt.

    "But a year and a few lawyers later, Glenn Beck purchased the right to call himself its creator, and Ms. Parke agreed to be presented as a ghostwriter… Her name appears as a "ghostwriter" in small letters on the cover."

    You know what? This actually makes me like Beck more than I used to. I've always suspected that Beck has been stealing his ideas and opinions from crazy homeless people on the street outside his office.

    Now, it seems more likely that he buys them.

    Photo by Kris Connor/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images


    Tags: Books, Glenn Beck
  • Rod Blagojevich Lands F**kin' Golden Prison Gig

    You all thought that former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich was down for the count, didn't you? But what you failed to account for was the unsinkable Blagojevich spirit!

    The former Illinois governor began serving his 14-year sentence for corruption in March at Englewood, a low-security facility in Littleton, Colo., and spent his early days inside working in the kitchen washing pots and pans six days a week. But those days of drudgery are over — he's finally been bumped up to a coveted library position, his former defense attorney Sam Adam Jr. told WBBM Newsradio this weekend.

    "He's either in the library, or just about to get in the library," Adam said.

    You can't keep a guy like this down. Today he's shelving books, next week he might be keeping books in the laundry. And after that, who knows?! Is it too much to assume that we might be looking at a future warden's assistant?

    I don't think so. This guy has the goods!

    Photo by Frank Polich/Getty Images News/Getty Images


    Tags: Books, Crime, Rod Blagojevich