Last week, I posted about authors Jodi Picoult and Jennifer Weiner and their reactions to fellow writer Jonathan Franzen’s latest novel, Freedom. They weren’t just rankled that Franzen was lauded on the cover of Time magazine as a “Great American Novelist.” Or even that fact that it made headlines when President Obama snagged an advance copy. Picoult and Weiner were upset that The New York Times Book Review had reviewed Freedom twice in one week.
“Is anyone shocked?” Picoult tweeted. “Would love to see the Times write about authors who aren’t white male literary darlings.” There was a hell of a lot of fallout from this, which, frankly, would be quite lengthy explain; I suggest you read NYmag.com’s thorough recap if this whole story interests you. In any case, while I personally shared Picoult and Weiner’s opinion that female writers are revered less in general from the get-go, as of today there is now hard data to back up their complaint against the Times Book Review. Keep reading »
Attention Vogue fanatics! The fashion magazine is about to bring another book to a coffee table near you. Vogue Models: The Faces of Fashion is a sort of visual encyclopedia of Wintour‘s most preferred girls: “Combining stunning imagery of each model – from Gisele to Kate Moss to Agyness to Claudia – with a detailed guide of their backgrounds and their individual contributions to the fashion industry, the book is a the ultimate A-Z catalogue of the world’s most famous muses.” Keep reading »
When you jet to a hipster haven like San Francisco or Seattle, you don’t just want to visit the tourist traps. But how to find the best thrift shops and indie stores on unfamiliar terrain? GrassRoutes Travel has published five Urban Eco travel guides to point you in the thriftiest and most eco-friendly directions. These are your resources for finding the fair trade cafes, the cheapest indie music clubs, and the best vegan and organic foods. Bonus? Special maps to help you get around by foot and public transportation.
In The Girl Who Plays With Fire, the second book in the Stieg Larsson series, off-kilter heroine Lisbeth Salander blows major cash in an Ikea shopping spree (it is Sweden after all). Apartment Therapy has compiled (nearly) all of her purchases into this handy image based on the product details revealed in the book. The only thing we would have done differently is throw in a Billy’s Pan Pizza for fun (even though you can’t buy Lisbeth’s favorite frozen food at Ikea). [Apartment Therapy] Keep reading »
You may have heard of the novelist Jonathan Franzen, who always seems to be in the news about something. In 2001, he dissed Oprah — Oprah! — for having “schmaltzy” taste after she chose his novel, The Corrections, for her book club and then she rescinded the offer. His latest novel, Freedom, has already grabbed headlines after President Obama purchased a copy for his summer vacation reading. High brow, this one is.
Now Jonathan Franzen is at the center of yet another media s**tstorm after the author Jodi Picoult tweeted a pissy comment about his latest review in The New York Times Book Review. “NYT raved about Franzen’s new book,” Picoult tweeted. “Is anyone shocked? Would love to see the NYT rave about authors who aren’t white male literary darlings.” Keep reading »
Fall in love with Vogue creative director Grace Coddington in “The September Issue”? Lucky us. Some smartypants publisher has convinced Anna Wintour’s right-hand woman to pen a memoir. She’ll share her life as a model in ’60s London and her decades-plus at both British and American Vogue. Grace’s book will be co-written with the former editor-in-chief of Men’s Vogue.
But it’s not all good news in the style section of your local bookstore … Keep reading »
The Daily Beast brings up a good point today about the phenomenon that is “Eat, Pray, Love.” Writer Danielle Friedman asks, “What’s it like to be the guy whose heartbreak launched a multi-million-dollar feel-good franchise?” She tracked down Michael Cooper, Elizabeth Gilbert’s ex-husband, and discovered that he is now a public interest law scholar at the Georgetown University Law Center. He’s also remarried, to a Canadian diplomat, and has two young sons. However, he wasn’t interested in commenting on the movie, the book, or Elizabeth Gilbert in general.
Which is interesting, because last year he was contracted to write a rebuttal book. Keep reading »
While a large portion of the female population is rushing out to see the film adaptation of Elizabeth Gilbert’s memoir, Eat Pray Love, comedy writer Andrew Gottlieb is hoping that men are at home reading his answer to it, Drink, Play, F**k. With Gilbert’s blessing, Gottlieb penned a satirical memoir, released in 2009, where fictional character Bob Sullivan roams the world after his marriage falls apart. Gottlieb asked himself, “What would a man do in this situation?” Answer: Sullivan goes to Ireland to drink, to Las Vegas to play, and to Thailand to bone. Okay, that’s hilarious. [NY Daily News]
After the jump, some more chick books that we’d love to see the male versions of. Keep reading »
Here’s one way to give up smoking—exchange one addiction for another? [Another Mag] Keep reading »
I was starting to think that maybe Nadya Suleman was out of our lives forever. I mean, after all, the lady has a lot of diapers to change. But evidently, she is doing okay because she’s had time to pen an autobiography. The problem? No publisher wants to print it. A source says, “[Nadya] is holding out because she is not being offered a lucrative deal, and she feels like her personal story is worth a lot more than anyone is even interested in paying.” The book was supposed to be ghostwritten by Wendy Leigh, but apparently she dropped out of the project and Nadya wrote this one herself. Which means it should be … good? Or at least covered in baby spittle. And, no, apparently she does not reveal the name of her sperm donor in this one. [Radar] Keep reading »