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Katie Couric Writes Advice Book

by Jean Bentley, posted Feb 24th 2011 11:35AM
Katie Couric Writes Advice BookIf Katie Couric decides not to continue as anchor of 'The CBS Evening News' after her contract expires in June, she'll have a new career to fall back on: author.

Random House will publish an advice book compiled by Couric over the past year called 'The Best Advice I Ever Got: Lessons From Extraordinary Lives,' The New York Times reports. The news anchor said she was inspired to write the book, which comes out on April 12, after speaking at the Case-Western Reserve University graduation ceremony last May.

Couric told the Times she wanted to "get 22-year-olds to think about their future possibilities," so she compiled essays and poems from people like Sheryl Crow, 'Modern Family' star Eric Stonestreet, Chelsea Handler, Yankees star Alex Rodriguez and more.

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Kitty Kelley Gets Talk Show Cold Shoulder for Oprah Bio

by Brad Trechak, posted Apr 12th 2010 10:30AM
Oprah: A BiographyShe has written about the Bush family, the Royals, the Reagans and the Kennedys. Now, Kitty Kelley's latest sensationalistic tome is about the Queen of Daytime Talk Shows, Oprah Winfrey. This time, she may have bitten off more than she can chew.

After all, when most writers come out with a new book to appeal to the gossipy crowd, they try to make an appearance on Oprah in order to promote it. In this case, it can be safely said that it won't happen. In fact, a myriad of other talk shows refuse to allow Kelley to appear and promote her latest work. Perhaps Kelley should stick to dead celebrities in the future to avoid retribution from the talk community?

Granted, Kitty Kelley is a big enough name that the book will likely sell even without the assistance of the talk show crowd. It could be argued that Oprah actually is helping sales simply by her name being on the cover.

When she wrote her Nancy Reagan biography, Kelley received anonymous death threats. Oprah's acolytes probably won't be as kind.

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Read first chapter of Tim Gunn's book online

by Adam Finley, posted Apr 17th 2007 4:02PM

tim gunnProject Runway's Tim Gunn (also host of the upcoming Tim Gunn's Guide to Style) has a new book coming out next month titled A Guide to Quality, Taste and Style. If you want to get a sneak peek, go to Bravo's site right now and read the entire first chapter for free.

The new book is actually based on Tim Gunn's Guide to Style, which began casting today. The new series will follow Gunn as he teaches people to be more fashion conscious and find a look that suits their personality.

The first sentence of Gunn's book reads that "the most important key to the content of your wardrobe" is knowing who you are. Since I'm pretty sure who I am is "someone who doesn't care what Tim Gunn has to say," I guess the first step for me is not reading his book and just wearing whatever the hell I want. I would like to thank him for the first sentence, though, it was very helpful.

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Independent Lens profiles author John Fante

by Adam Finley, posted Dec 3rd 2006 10:00PM

john fanteAuthor John Fante grew up in Denver in the early 20th century, the son of immigrant parents. His books were largely ignored at the time, and it wasn't until writer Charles Bukowski helped republish Fante's works that he became recognized as a master writer. While his books, including Ask the Dust, Wait Until Spring and Bandini were all hailed by critics, the public never caught on and most of his books went out of print soon after being published.

Like most writers, Fante had to make ends meet by writing things he didn't especially enjoy, and that meant penning screenplays for many films that never got made.

On December 12 at 10pm, the PBS documentary series Independent Lens will air "A Sad Flower in the Sand," a look at the late author featuring interview with his wife, Joyce Smart, his biographer Stephen Cooper and filmmaker Robert Towne.

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Boing Boing chats with John Hodgman

by Adam Finley, posted Nov 14th 2006 7:02PM

john hodgmanThe men of Boing Boing recently chatted with comedian John Hodgman, he of The Daily Show, The Areas of My Expertise and 700 Hobo Names. The men talk about current events, politics, and weird stories from the news. The podcast is less like an interview and more like a random discussion, which is actually, I think, more interesting. Hodgman maintains his usual dry wit, and interjects whenever he can get a word in edgewise as the Boing Boingers go on about whatever is they go on about. You might learn a few things about Hodgman, but mostly it's just some guys kicking back and chatting.

Speaking of the 700 Hoboes, Hodgman alludes to a project started by Boing Boing to have artists illustrate each of the names in Hodgman's lengthy but engaging spoken word project. You can see the works here.

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Author of unauthorized Clay Aiken bio is suing Clay Aiken

by Anna Johns, posted Aug 7th 2006 7:49PM
clay aikenLet me get this straight. A woman in North Carolina writes a book about Clay Aiken. It's about his life. It's based on information from her neighbors, who were once friends with Clay's mom. Clay says the book is full of lies. The author decides to sue Clay because he's keeping her from making money off of him.

Anyone else's head spinning?

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Dilbert creator loves himself some television

by Adam Finley, posted Jun 20th 2006 11:57AM
dilbertHe's not the most talented artist in the world, but Dilbert creator Scott Adams had some things to say about television recently, and I have to agree with at least one of his assessments. The cartoonist/author says television has "just enough censorship to make the creators act creatively." I would tend to agree with that statement. While stifling creative freedom in any form should be frowned upon, it's actually really cool to see what a show can conjure up when its creators are forced to work within certain parameters. Apparently, Adams also likes a lot of shows I never watch, such as 24, My Name is Earl, and The OC. He says 24 is "is more entertaining than just about any movie I've seen in the past five years." He also sings the praises of the DVR, which I also agree with. In fact, I've become so enamored with my Tivo that even when a show I like is airing and I actually have time to sit and watch it I'll still wait until after it records and then watch the recorded version instead. It's as if the Tivo has become some kind of idol i don't want to anger by watching actually live TV. Does that make me weird? Yes, it makes me very weird, actually. Although, I have stopped short of actually baptizing the Tivo.

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Fox dumps James Frey's TV show

by Adam Finley, posted Mar 14th 2006 12:05PM
james freyJames Frey was going to have a TV show? Well, he was writing one anyway, but Fox has decided not to go with Frey's show, which would have been about a surfing detective. Frey sold the script to the network before Oprah and the rest of the world learned of the fabrications in his so-called memoir A Million Little Pieces. Fox claims its decision to pass on Frey's tale of a private dick named Donald "Insane" Tremaine had nothing to do with the maelstrom surrounding Frey and his book. My guess is that the show just wouldn't have been very good.

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New show invites you to bet it all

by Adam Finley, posted Jan 10th 2006 3:54PM
roulette wheelDouble or Nothing, a new FOX reality series, is looking for a person to sell everything they own for the chance to put it all on red or black on a roulette wheel. I'm not sure how you make an entire series out of one person making one bet, but I guess we'll have to tune in and find out. If you think this seems like a stupid risk to take, you're not alone. Author Steve Bourie, a gambling expert, says showing amateur gamblers making uninformed bets is very irresponsible. The show is inspired by Ashley Revell, an Englishman who literally bet everything on red and won. Bourie, however, still maintains that gambling should be a form of entertainment, and not a quick method of monetary gain. I would tend to agree, unless the person standing next to you is wearing a green sweater and you softly hum the theme to The Facts of Life while the wheel is spinning. Those are both signs of good luck and in that case you should by all means bet everything.

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