RIP Randy Pausch, the professor who touched millions of people with THE LAST LECTURE. He was only 48. Very very sad.
The good people over at Fine Print Literary Management have started a master agency blog, to go along with the already awesome individual blogs that they already blog on. Blog. Adjust those feed-readers accordingly.
And one of the first blog topics on the new blog (blog blog blog!) is news that Sony has made the innnnnteresting move of opening up the Sony Reader to books purchased through non-Sony e-tailers. An electronics manufacturer opening up their device to competition from other retailers so that users can better use the product??? What a concept!! I salute Sony’s non-evilness.
Meanwhile, say goodbye to the LA Times Book Review. Good grief.
So remember Dennis Cass’s hilarious video in which he detailed all the things he wasn’t doing to promote his book, which ended up being a good book promotion tool? Well. Not only was this mindbending metapromotion through nonpromotion, turns out it sold some books too. Bella Stander caught up with Dennis and talked to him about the video. (Thanks to Kristin Nelson for the link).
You know how in the Sex & the City movie Carrie was reading that book called the Love Letters of Great Men? I mean, not that I was dragged to that movie, WHICH WAS LONGER THAN BEN HUR. Ahem. Anyway, sure enough, here’s an item of note from Publishers Marketplace:
FICTION: GENERAL/OTHER: Edited by Ursula Doyle’s LOVE LETTERS OF GREAT MEN, the romantic book from the Sex and the City film that didn’t exist…until now — ranging from the simple devotion of Robert Browning to the exquisite eloquence of Oscar Wilde, all the letters from the film and many more, to Lindsay Sagnette at St. Martin’s, for publication in fall 2008, by Margaret Halton at Macmillan UK (US).
And finally, in reality TV news, are you sitting down? Are you sure? Well, that British Bachelor whose name I’ve already forgotten has broken up with Shayne, that girl he called his monkey. I WILL NEVER BELIEVE IN TRUE LOVE AGAIN. This means that 10 out of 11 Bachelors have broken up with the women they’ve chosen, and that doesn’t even include Brad Womack, who didn’t choose anyone. As the kids say, LOL! Can’t wait for the next season.
And finally finally, it behooves me to point you to the Season 4 preview for The Hills, which is just, I mean, it’s….. all you need is one quote from Lauren: “Brody’s in jail????”
And finally finally finally, if you haven’t watched Mad Men, YOU’RE MAD. Ha! Get it? Get it? Oh. You got it. Um. Well, this show about an ad agency in the 1960s, which was originally recommended to me by Berkley editor Shannon Jamieson-Vazquez way before it was a Emmy darling (I mean, it airs on AMC!!), is just so incredibly awesome. Now that The Wire is gone, dare I say best drama on television? You still have time to catch up on Season 1 before Season 2 premieres on Sunday.