Winona Ryder and other celebrity "intimates" of fictitious writer JT Leroy were part of the conspiracy that pulled off the biggest literary hoax this side of James Frey.
Courtney Love, Rosario Dawson, Tatum O’Neal and Susan Dey all claimed they were friends of the made-up teen hooker-turned-bard. And Italian actress Asia Argento even once told PAGE SIX that she was having Leroy’s baby.
It seems clear now that at least Ryder and Argento always knew that "JT Leroy" was actually Savannah Knoop,
a California woman who posed as the imaginary writer under wigs and
oversize sunglasses at book readings, and that Leroy’s prose was
actually written by Laura Albert.
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You like monkeys, you like ponies – don’t you?
Jonathan Coulton: Skullcrusher Mountain (lyrics and link to hear/buy song).
Link: The Huffington Post.
Danish cartoons was subsiding, a Congressional committee in D.C. last
week was shining a spotlight on another collision of censorious
tendencies and demands for free speech. This time the setting was the
Far East, not the Middle East, but the reaction in the U.S. was the
Already, according to the New York Times, there are 13 million bloggers in China. This is but one of many indications that the Chinese government is playing a losing game as it tries to enlist American companies in its censorship campaign. The American companies know this, even if the Chinese government doesn’t yet, which is why they want to stay. The free exchange of ideas is a growth market in China.
Plus, as the companies and others have pointed out, there is a bit of hypocrisy at play among the angered Congressional leaders. If they think doing business with China so unconscionably supports a regime that violates American free-speech values, why have they allowed the U.S. government to grant China "most favored nation" trading status, encouraging American companies to do business there in the first place?
Pince Charles regards himself as a "dissident working against the prevailing political consensus", who scatters furious letters to ministers on contentious issues and denounces elected leaders of other countries, it was revealed yesterday.
The views and practices of the heir to the throne were detailed in a remarkable witness statement by his former deputy private secretary and spin doctor, Mark Bolland, who claimed the prince routinely meddled in political issues and wrote sometimes in extreme terms to ministers, MPs and others in positions of political power and influence.
Captain Kidd’s New York City address was 56 Wall St.
Andrew Burt is Announcing iFiction, a pay-to-read site modeled on iTunes. Looks like he is hosting it on his own, attached to his own website. Authors can set their own payment scale and also decide how much of the story to give away free (including up to 100%, in which any payment would be a donation request). It appears designed as simpler to use than some similar sites, especially for readers, who don’t have to go to the trouble of creating an account, payment is through Paypal, with authors setting their own prices. However, Paypal takes 30 cents and 3% of money received in a payment, possibly making the minimum cost too pricey for most single short stories.
Anna of Delta Park Project, famous for their funny pop culture podcast and a LOST (the TV show) has started a book club. First up in Allende’s The House of the Spirits, soon to be followed by Hotel New Hampshire, The Year of Magical Thinking, and The Executioner’s Song, all of which are on my someday lists, so I may join up. Link: Anna’s Book Club – a monthly book club podcast.
A podcast – I haven’t listened to it yet. TAM4: Christopher Hitchens – nyquil.org.
The enemy is anybody who’s going to get you killed, no matter which side he’s on.
– Joseph Heller, Catch 22
Let’s have some new cliches.- Samuel Goldwyn
From The Beatles by Bob Spitz:
Stuart [Sutcliffe] may well have been the natural choice, but his decision to play music perplexed his fellow artists. Bill Harry, for one, remembers the irritation he felt when Stuart flashed the new bass as though exhibiting a finished oil painting. "I said to him, ‘What the bloody hell are you doing?’" Harry recalls. "’You’re passionate about art, not music!’" Stuart shook off such concern with bemused regard. To Harry’s objection, he responded soothingly: "Not, it’s all right. I think it’s art." He had decided to dedicate himself to the band with "as much seriousness and intensity" as he approached painting. "And anyway," Stuart told him, "they’re going to be the greatest. I want to be a part of it."
"There are no wise few. Every aristocracy that has ever existed has behaved, in all essential points, exactly like a small mob."
- GK Chesterton