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Lost Films

from The Very Short List

LOST FILMS is a new internet portal aimed at collecting and documenting film titles, which are believed or have been declared “lost”. The ARCHIVE currently contains over 3500 entries, a number of which are extensively illustrated with surviving documents contributed by archives and individuals worldwide. 

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The IDENTIFY section contains images and short video clips of around 50 unknown or unidentified films, which face the danger of also becoming lost if not identified by members. The aim of LOST FILMS is not to produce a definitive list of lost films but to provide a platform where members can frequently – and freely – exchange, add and update information.

To become a member of LOST FILMS, please click here.

Posted on May 31, 2011 by Editor

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The Inflatable Salad Bar for Just $2.99 (+$4.99 shipping)

from WOOT.com

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Posted on May 30, 2011 by Editor

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Zombie Love Teresa Palmer

from the LA Times’ HERO COMPLEX

Teresa Palmer on ‘I Am Number Four’ sequel and ‘Warm Bodies’ zombie love

Teresa Palmer in 'I Am Number Four'

Teresa Palmer is Number Six in “I Am Number Four” (John Bramley / DreamWorks)

Teresa Palmer may have gotten her face on the DVD box cover for “I Am Number Four,” but the Australian actress has surprisingly little screen time in this sci-fi release from February that hits home video Tuesday. She talked recently about writer James Frey, her lack of knowledge about Mogadorians and her hopes for a sequel. Apparently, her character – Number Six — will be around a whole lot more in the sequel, as you might have expected from the ending of the first film.

PKD: Does “I Am Number Four” have a fan base? Have you heard from them?

TP: Oh yeah! I mean the whole reason I started on Twitter [was that] I was meeting so many people who were fans of the movie and the books and they wanted to ask questions. Then someone suggested I get on Twitter. So what I’ve been doing is that every now and then I’ll do a Q&A on Twitter. But the majority of the questions are about the film and Number Six and the sequels. People have really embraced the movie, which is exciting.

PKD: There were a lot of bigwigs behind this movie: Steven Spielberg, Michael Bay, James Frey. Were they all hanging around during the making of the movie?

TP: I met Spielberg for the first time at the premiere. He was calling me Number Six. He was very sweet and very humble and down to earth. Unaffected by his great level of fame and success. Michael Bay I’ve known for a couple of years now. He was shooting his own movie while we were shooting “Number Four.” He was making the latest “Transformers,” so he wasn’t around. But James came to set. And he hung out and he pitched us the idea for the second book and definitely had a say in the film. He’s obviously seriously talented.

PKD: Did you talk to him about the “Million Little Pieces” controversy? Was he open about it?

TP: Yeah, he was open about it. He certainly didn’t try to brush it under the carpet. He’s a really good guy and did an amazing job on the film. It was a pleasure to work with him.

[ click to read full interview at HERO COMPLEX ]

Posted on May 29, 2011 by Editor

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From The Breakfast Club to I Am Number Four

from Movieline

From The Breakfast Club to I Am Number Four: 9 of the Sexiest High School Outcasts in Film

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Hollywood has a habit of tapping unrealistically attractive actors to play onscreen outcasts, like in I Am Number Four (available on DVD and Blu-ray this week from DreamWorks), which boldly appointed bad boy Adonis Alex Pettyfer as its alien loner and blonde beauty Dianna Agron as his nerdy shutterbug crush. In honor of these ironic casting choices, Movieline has compiled nine other knockouts that played high school outsiders.

Just click here to launch the gallery.

[ click to continue reading at Movieline.com ]

Posted on May 28, 2011 by Editor

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Gil Scott-Heron Gone

from Detroit Free Press

Musician, poet Gil Scott-Heron dies

Poet and musician Gil Scott-Heron died Friday at age 62 in New York, NPR reported, citing his book publisher.

He is best known for his spoken-word piece “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised,” but he also recorded the seminal “We Almost Lost Detroit.” He is considered a progenitor of hip-hop and inspired a generation of rappers with his no-nonsense street poetry. Rapper Kanye West has sampled Scott-Heron’s voice.A cause of death was not immediately reported.

[ click to read full article at freep.com ]

Posted on May 27, 2011 by Editor

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Richard Phillips Gets Biblical @ Paddle8

from NOWNESS.com

 

Richard Phillips for Paddle8

The Pop Artist Gets Biblical for a Groundbreaking Online Exhibition

Matchmaking art stars with collectors, new digital platform Paddle8 teams up with high-profile galleries to mount online exhibitions devoid of geographical constraints. The site’s inaugural group show, Saturation, presents work by such heavy-hitters as Cerith Wyn Evans, Roe Ethridge and pop maestro Richard Phillips, who opened his studio for the images above. Phillips, who is represented by the Gagosian and White Cube, will show his pastel and gouache drawing “II Esther,” which sees model Gemma Ward stand in for the Old Testament queen. “The idea came from James Frey asking me to create an illuminated manuscript for his new book, The Final Testament of the Holy Bible,” he says.

[ click to continue reading at NOWNESS.com ]

Posted on May 27, 2011 by Editor

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Blackberry Arugula Salad With Peppery Pork

from The Arizona Republic

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Posted on May 27, 2011 by Editor

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Malerie Marder: LABOR OF LOVE

from artnet

Malerie Marder

LABOR OF LOVE

by Charlie Finch

Malerie Marder, My Mother and My Boyfriend, 2000

Celebrated actor spouses Maggie Gyllenhaal and Peter Sarsgaard hosted a party last week at their Park Slope home for photographer Malerie Marder‘s comprehensive new volume of her entire oeuvre to date, Carnal Knowledge, just out from Violette Editions. Malerie, a friend of Peter Sarsgaard since their student days at Bard College, is one of the most gracious artists around, blushing at compliments from Philip-Lorca diCorcia her dealer Jeanne Greenberg Rohatyn, who told me she is only doing guest appearances on Work of Art this season, and Artforum publisher Knight Landesman, once again wearing road-reflector orange. When asked why, Knight responded, “These days, I am addicted to orange, Charlie, I cannot wear any other color.”

I am addicted to Malerie Marder’s work, proud to have a piece purchased eight years ago, Emma, included in the book, and I would also be blushing at all the frontal nudity therein, if it were not for the democratic nature of Marder’s vision. Peter Sarsgaard modeled for Malerie at the start of her career and, since then, she has gently stripped and visually caressed all kinds of people, making them all as sweetly naive as fauns and as sexy as movie stars in the process.

A luxurious volume, which includes essays by writers such as A.M. Homes and James Frey responding to individual snaps, Carnal Knowledgesapped Malerie’s strength for four years, as she struggled to get the images right and secure the finances to publish.

[ click to continue reading at artnet.com ]

Posted on May 26, 2011 by Editor

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Art Healing Ministry

from The New York Times

Can a Picasso Cure You?

Sara Krulwich/The New York Times

The conceptual artist Alexander Melamid has created a storefront clinic in SoHo where visitors will be “treated” through exposure to fine art.

By CHARLES McGRATH

The Russian-born artist Alexander Melamid is by nature an ironist, so adept at serving as his own straight man that it’s hard to tell how seriously he means to be taken. He may not know himself.

Mr. Melamid and Vitaly Komar, a fellow Russian émigré, were for years a highly visible Conceptual art duo in New York. They were known for monumental paintings, including one of Stalin killing himself in a New Jersey motel, in the style of Socialist Realism, and for teaching elephants in Thailand how to paint like Abstract Expressionists.

Their most famous project was probably “The People’s Choice,” in which they polled people about their preferences in art and determined that what everyone really wanted to look at was a landscape with lots of blue, some animals and a historical figure or two. A painting they did according to this recipe — the ideal painting for Americans, they maintained — featured George Washington and some present-day picnickers by a bucolic lake with a hippo in the background.

[ click to continue reading at The NY Times ]

Posted on May 26, 2011 by Editor

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Digital Killed The Physical Book

from The American Magazine

The End of the Book?

By John Steele Gordon
Saturday, May 21, 2011

The book business will go through a transformation in the next decade or so more profound than any it has seen since Johannes Gutenberg introduced printing from moveable type in the 1450s.

Amazon, by far the largest bookseller in the country, reported on May 19 that it is now selling more books in its electronic Kindle format than in the old paper-and-ink format. That is remarkable, considering that the Kindle has only been around for four years. E-books now account for 14 percent of all book sales in this country and are increasing far faster than overall book sales. E-book sales are up 146 percent over last year, while hardback sales increased 6 percent and paperbacks decreased 8 percent.

Does this spell the doom of the physical book? Certainly not immediately, and perhaps not at all. What it does mean is that the book business will go through a transformation in the next decade or so more profound than any it has seen since Gutenberg introduced printing from moveable type in the 1450s.

[ click to continue reading at The American Magazine ]

Posted on May 26, 2011 by Editor

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Everything’s A Remix: Kill Bill

Everything Is A Remix: KILL BILL from robgwilson.com on Vimeo.

Posted on May 25, 2011 by Editor

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Yahoo! Spike

from The Daily Buzz

What’s Spiking on Yahoo! 5/24

by BRAD MILLER on MAY 24, 2011 

 

These are some of the top items that we are seeing spike in Search on Yahoo!

American Idol: If searches are any indication of a winner this year, Scott McCreery has quite the race ahead of him against Lauren Alaina — Lauren Alaina gets nearly 9 times the searches of Scott McCreery on Yahoo!, based on data from the past 7 days.

Dancing: The finale for Dancing With The Stars is tonight and people are turning to the web to search. According to searches on Yahoo! the top dancer is: Kirstie Alley followed by Chelsea Kane.

Who Is ?: People often turn to the web for answers to their questions. Some of the top “who is” questions this week on Yahoo! include: “who is Hines Ward”, “who is the Schwarzenegger staff member”, “who is james frey”, “who is the girl with the dragon tattoo”, “who is the girl in the t-mobile commercial”, “who is big papa” (referencing Real Housewives of Atlanta), “who is the richest man in the world.”

[ click to read full item at The Daily Buzz ]

Posted on May 24, 2011 by Editor

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Research Study Proves That People Like To Say The Word “Fuck” on Facebook

from The Reppler Effect

47% of Facebook Users Have Profanity on Their Wall

By reppler

It has been a little over a month since we launched Reppler so we thought it would be a good time to share some statistics we have collected.  These statistics, based on the scanning of the Facebook Wall of the over 30,000 users that have used the Reppler service so far, might be surprising to you:

  • 47% of our users have profanity on their Facebook Wall.
  • 80% of our users who have profanity on their Facebook Wall have at least one post/comment with profanity from a friend.
  • 56% of the posts/comments with profanity on a user’s Facebook Wall come from friends.
  • Users are twice as likely to use profanity in a post on their Facebook Wall, versus a comment.  Whereas friends are twice as likely to use profanity in a comment on a user’s Facebook Wall, versus a post.
  • The most common profane word is derivations of the “f-word”.  The second most common profane word is derivations of the word “sh*t”.  ”B*tch” is a distant third.

The prevalence of profanity on Facebook Walls is an increasingly important issue as a user’s Facebook profile comes under closer scrutiny, particularly by employers as they screen job applicants.  Here’s a recent Washington Post article that talks about how the use of obscenity in a work environment can impact how others perceive a person.

[ click to continue reading at THE REPPLER EFFECT ]

Posted on May 23, 2011 by Editor

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Most Outrageous Lady Gaga Move Yet: Full-album Download of BORN THIS WAY for $.99

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Posted on May 23, 2011 by Editor

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Lamenting the lack of “satirical clarity”…

from The New York Times

Notes of a Screenwriter, Mad as Hell

United Artists

The screenwriter Paddy Chayefsky(1923-1981) won an Academy Award for his jeremiad “Network” (1976), starring Faye Dunaway.

By DAVE ITZKOFF

LAMENTING the lack of “satirical clarity” in the screenplay he was laboring on in the early 1970s, Paddy Chayefsky was mad at himself and American television viewers at large. He was seeing the venomous spirit of the era of Watergate and the Vietnam War infiltrate every program the broadcast networks offered, from their news shows to their sitcoms, and he concluded in a typewritten note to himself that the American people “don’t want jolly, happy family type shows like Eye Witness News”; no, he wrote, “the American people are angry and want angry shows.” He had set out to write a comedy, but if his film script was funny at all, he said, “the only joke we have going for us is the idea of ANGER.”

In the following months, Chayefsky channeled that fury and his intense frustration with television — the medium he described in another note as “an indestructible and terrifying giant that is stronger than the government” — into the screenplay for “Network,” his dark satire about an unstable news anchor and a broadcasting company and a viewing public all too happy to follow him over the brink of sanity.

“Network,” directed by Sidney Lumet and released in 1976, won four Academy Awards, including Oscars for Chayefsky’s script, Faye Dunaway’s performance as a cynical programming executive and Peter Finch’s frenetic portrayal of Howard Beale, the troubled “mad prophet of the airwaves.”

Thirty-five years later, “Network” remains an incendiary if influential film, and its screenplay is still admired as much for its predictive accuracy as for its vehemence: a relentless sense of purpose that is even more palpable in the files Chayefsky left behind upon his death in 1981.

[ click to continue reading at nytimes.com ]

Posted on May 22, 2011 by Editor

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Raw Video Of Osama bin Laden’s Burial At Sea

Posted on May 21, 2011 by Editor

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With Thanks Be To Oprah

from the Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Oprah the Book Fairy: The Astounding Success of the Oprah Book Club

 

You can bet publisher’s are going to miss Oprah as much as her viewers when her long-running show wraps up next week. Nielsen has just released an accounting of the impact of Oprah’s Book Club on the sales of the books chosen.

In the last ten years she has sold over 22 million copies of books bearing her Book Club branding.

Her full impact on book sales is hard to quantify but there are some amazing concrete numbers regarding how many books bearing the Oprah Book Club selection imprint have sold. For example, the Oprah trade paperback edition of  A Million Little Pieces by James Frey sold 2.7 million copies and her edition of Cormac McCarthy’s The Road sold 1.4 million copies.

 [ click to continue reading at SeattlePI.com ]

Posted on May 20, 2011 by Editor

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57 Years Of Luscious Airbrushed Flesh Online

from the Cape Cod Times

Playboy puts all 57 years of mags online

CHICAGO (AP) — Good news for those who thought their copies of Playboy were gone forever when their moms found them and threw them away.

Playboy launched a Web-based subscription service Thursday called i.Playboy.com that allows viewers to see every single page of every single magazine – from the first issue nearly 60 years ago that featured Marilyn Monroe to the ones hitting the newsstands today.

“They no longer have to store 57 years – 682 issues – of Playboy under their mattress,” said Jimmy Jellinek, Playboy’s chief content officer.

Chicago-based Playboy has seen its circulation plummet from 3.15 million in 2006 to 1.5 million today and has been trying all sorts of gimmicks to attract readers in recent years. One issue, for example, included a set of 3-D glasses to better see a centerfold shot in 3-D; another turned over the cover to a cartoon character, Marge Simpson.

[ click to continue reading at CapeCodeOnline.com ]

Posted on May 20, 2011 by Editor

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Macho Man Randy Savage Gone

from Fox News

Pro Wrestler Randy ‘Macho Man’ Savage Dies in Car Accident, Report Says

 
Pro wrestling superstar Randy “Macho Man” savage died after having a heart attack while driving his Jeep Wrangler, TMZ reports.

The accident happened in Tampa Bay, Fla. according to Savage’s brother, Lanny Poffo.

He told TMZ the accident happened Friday morning when Savage lost control of his vehicle.

Florida Highway Patrol said Savage leapt a concrete median, veered into oncoming traffic and smashed into a tree head on.

[ click to continue reading at FoxNews.com ]

Posted on May 20, 2011 by Editor

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FLAVORWIRE: 10 Novels That Will Disturb Even the Coldest of Hearts

from Flavorwire

10 Novels That Will Disturb Even the Coldest of Hearts
12:30 pm Wednesday May 18, 2011 by Kathleen Massara

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

If you take away the epilogue, this novel tells an unbelievably miserable story of confinement and misogynistic rule. In the near future, the United States is overthrown by the pernicious Sons of Jacob, who then establish the Republic of Gilead. The bank accounts of women and other undesirables are frozen, and a group known as Handmaids become the hosts for the future children of the ruling class. Atwood’s prose is beautiful and chilling, as always.

[ click to read the rest of the list at Flavorwire.com ]

Posted on May 19, 2011 by Editor

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MAY EVENTS AT INDIGO BOOKS AND MUSIC

from Stockhouse.com

MAY EVENTS AT INDIGO BOOKS AND MUSIC

IN CONVERSATION: INDIGO CEO HEATHER REISMAN AND BESTSELLING AUTHOR JAMES FREY Indigo CEO and Chief Booklover, Heather Reisman sits down with controversial novelist James Frey to discuss his newest book, The Final Testament of The Holy Bible. Sure to inspire conversation, Frey’s newest book is his reimagining of the Messiah as a figure living in present day. Book signing to follow. Indigo Bay & Bloor 55 Bloor Street West (at Bay Street), Toronto, ON Wednesday, May 18th, 7:00 pm.

[ click to read at Stockhouse.com ]

Posted on May 18, 2011 by Editor

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Christo And The Sheep

from CBS Denver

Christo: Arkansas River Artwork Won’t Hurt Sheep

Christo (credit: CBS)Christo (credit: CBS)

SALIDA, Colo. (AP) – An artist known for his large-scale projects says his proposal to put silvery, luminous fabric panels over the Arkansas River won’t hurt bighorn sheep.

The panels in Christo’s project would span eight sections along a 40-mile stretch of the river between Salida and Canon City and require drilling anchors. The project is expected to take two years.

Colorado wildlife commissioners voted to send a letter to the U.S. Bureau of Land Management expressing concerns over how the project would affect the sheep, according to the Pueblo Chieftain.

Christo says protecting wildlife and the environment is important and he will address the concerns that were raised.

[ click to continue reading at CBS Denver ]

Posted on May 18, 2011 by Editor

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BIG THINK: “The Million Little Pieces” controversy with Oprah “really freed me to be as radical as I want, to break every rule I want, and to not have to care what other people thought.”

from BIG THINK

A MILLION LITTLE PIECES REVISITED: CAN THE TRUTH EVER SET JAMES FREY FREE?

James Frey tells Big Think that “The Million Little Pieces” controversy with Oprah “really freed me to be as radical as I want, to break every rule I want, and to not have to care what other people thought.”

James Frey: The truth will set me free. . . . I don’t care much about truth, or I don’t care about the definition of truth that most people live by. I don’t think truth and fact are the same thing. I think truth is an incredibly subjective individual thing.

The first time I started writing A Million Little Pieces I’d been searching for a voice for years and years and years, and one day I sat down and I started writing that book, and I wrote the first sentence. And it felt right. It felt more right than anything I had ever written. And so I kept going, and over the course of a couple days I wrote probably the first fifteen or twenty pages of it. And I had never worked that fast before. I was kind of stunned by it. At the end of it I looked at those pages and I was, like, I did it. This is what I’ve always, this is how I’ve always been trying to write. This is the voice I’ve always been trying to find.

That book coming out and the controversies related to it were obviously a big moment for me probably not in the ways people might think. You know, I didn’t write that book as a memoir. I’ve never thought of it as a memoir. We didn’t submit it to publishers as memoirs, even though it was published as one. When the controversy blew up and I was sort of written off by the publishing business and by the literary community, instead of being upset about it I was kind of excited. I was, like, I had to work within your system. I wrote a book that wasn’t what it was published as. I always knew I wasn’t born to work in that system, and I won’t ever do it again. You know, from that point forward I was free. I got kicked out of a club I didn’t want to be a part of, and it was awesome.

[ click to continue reading at BigThink.com ]

Posted on May 17, 2011 by Editor

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WSJ: Arthur Phillips on Shakespeare, James Frey and Literary Legacy

from The Wall Street Journal

Arthur Phillips on Shakespeare, James Frey and Literary Legacy

Barbi Reed 

In his latest book, “The Tragedy of Arthur,” Brooklyn-based author Arthur Phillips mines Shakespeare’s words to consider the roles of originality and authenticity in art. In the novel, protagonist Arthur Phillips is handed a previously unknown play allegedly written by Shakespeare in 1597. The catch? It’s bequeathed to him by his dying father, a con artist who’s spent years in jail.

Adding to the meta layers, the Bard play unearthed in the novel was actually written by Mr. Phillips, with the help of Shakespeare scholars. The Guerrilla Shakespeare Project will read the play aloud tonight at the Public Theater.

Speakeasy sat down with Phillips at a Brooklyn café to chat about his novel and the play he wrote to go with it.

The book confronts issues of authenticity in the form of a debate on whether Shakespeare wrote all the plays himself. Does it matter for you who wrote them?

I’m an aesthetic empiricist. If you like something, it doesn’t matter who made it. There really is no objective standard other than your own taste. You develop your own tastes, you find things that do or do not fit your tastes, and therefore are or are not “good.” Whether they have been labeled as produced by the right person is another matter. I had a poster of a painting that I thought was made by Rembrandt and was later revealed probably to have been done by someone else. The fact that he didn’t paint it, or only painted part of it, or oversaw someone else painting it, doesn’t change the experience I had with. It shouldn’t have any bearing on my appreciation.

I’m pretty well convinced that Shakespeare collaborated with other playwrights in four or five cases, probably more. I like to think how he would have collaborated with someone else. I may not like a play any more or any less, but I’m interested in that re-labeling.

In theory, forgery should be the same. For financial reasons, the forger should be punished. But in terms of aesthetic value, you should resist the urge to say “I don’t like it anymore” simply because it wasn’t whom you thought.

Would you extend that analysis to James Frey’s writing factory?

Yes. I doubt the process in Frey’s case would result in sort of things I would value, but if I did, I don’t think it has any bearing on the aesthetic appreciation whether it was him or whether it was him and three 18-year-olds.

[ click to read full interview at The Wall Street Journal ]

Posted on May 16, 2011 by Editor

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Posted on May 16, 2011 by Editor

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“I think of it as a personal car crash for me. And I just don’t want to watch it.”

from SheKnows.com

5 YEARS LATER: FREY AND OPRAH MEET!

by Kristin Watson

Five years after James Frey set off one of the biggest controversies in The Oprah Winfrey Show history, the author of A Million Little Pieces has returned to talk with Oprah in a no-holds-barred interview. What did he have to say five years later? Read on to find out.

James Frey and Oprah Winfrey
In January of 2006, Frey appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show and admitted he had not been truthful in the book. Winfrey’s response was, “I feel duped. But more importantly, I feel that you betrayed millions of readers.”

Five years later, in an interview set against the backdrop of New York, James Frey has returned to The Oprah Winfrey Show.

Frey revealed to Winfrey that he hasn’t seen much of his 2006 appearance on the show. “I think of it as a personal car crash for me. And I just don’t want to watch it.” He added, “It definitely wasn’t my finest day.”

When asked about what he was feeling after he was confronted by Winfrey on the 2006 show, Frey said, “I was feeling shock and definitely stunned. I just wanted to get home.”

James Frey said that when he decided to appear on The Oprah Winfrey Show in 2006, he didn’t know it was going to happen like that. He thought he was going to have a chance to tell his side, but he realized, “I created that mess. I created that situation.”

[ click to read full post at SheKnows.com ]

Posted on May 16, 2011 by Editor

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WaPo: “What to make of this strange, ambitious, near-brilliant piece of ventriloquism from controversial memoirist James Frey? ‘The Final Testament of the Holy Bible’…”

from The Washington Post

Michael Lindgren reviews James Frey’s ‘The Final Testament of the Holy Bible’

By Michael Lindgren

The Final Testament of the Holy BibleWhat to make of this strange, ambitious, near-brilliant piece of ventriloquism from controversial memoirist James Frey? “The Final Testament of the Holy Bible” presents the reader with a knotty exercise in genre disorientation.

The book is, among other things, a vivid re-imagining of the life of Jesus Christ, a pricey quasi-objet d’art from super-gallerist Gagosian, a calculated act of provocation, a gesture of almost stupefying egotism, and a sincere and moving examination of the nature of spirituality. The multiple ironies at hand are potentially disabling.

Carefully designed and formatted to resemble a traditional Bible — right down to the words of Jesus highlighted in red — “The Final Testament” tells the story of Ben Zion Avrohom, an alcoholic drifter in modern-day New York who undergoes a transformation after he miraculously survives a horrific accident.

The men and women who offer testimonies about their experience with Ben include doctors, cops, lawyers, priests, rabbis, drug addicts and homeless men, and they are almost all endowed with remarkable authenticity, their voices convincingly and realistically inhabited.

These variegated narratives, sketched with incisive psychological acuity, give “The Final Testament” its own weird integrity. Through these voices, Frey has made an honest attempt to follow the teachings of Jesus to their radical conclusions; in doing so, he has created a chronicle that, despite its contradictions, moves to its own inner spirit.

[ click to continue reading at The Washington Post ]

Posted on May 15, 2011 by Editor

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Toni Morrison, James Frey Among Oprah’s Final Guests

from Vintage / Anchor Books

Toni Morrison, James Frey Among Oprah’s Final Guests

Toni Morrison, James Frey Among Oprah’s Final GuestsThe last two weeks of the “Oprah Winfrey Show” will feature appearances by some of the show’s most memorable guests, including authors Toni Morrison and James Frey. Morrison will appear on the May 13th show in an episode subtitled, “The Greatest Lessons on the Oprah Show.” Frey will appear on the shows on May 16th and 17th to discuss A Million Little Pieces and “the biggest controversy in Oprah Show history.

Toni Morrison was one of the first authors whose works were selected for Oprah’s Book Club, with the selection of Song of Solomon in 1996. Later selections included Paradise (1998), The Bluest Eye (2000), and Sula (2002).

A Million Little Pieces, James Frey’s memoir of addiction, was selected for Oprah’s Book Club in 2005. In January 2006, the Smoking Gun reported that inconsistencies and discrepancies existed in the book. Subsequently, James Frey acknowledged that he had employed a degree of literary license in the writing of the book, including altering and embellishing certain details. Following this revelation, Frey discussed the controversy with Oprah Winfrey live on her show.

[ click to read at KnopfDoubleday.com ]

Posted on May 15, 2011 by Editor

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Mojo- and Honey-Glazed Chicken With Roasted Sweet-Potato Hash and Black-Bean Jus

from The Arizona Republic

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Chef Randy Zweiban of Province

For brine:
1 cup kosher salt
 1/2 cup sugar
2 gallons water

For chicken:
2 whole roasting chickens (can substitute 4 large chicken breasts)
1 cup mojo sauce (Recipe)
4 tablespoons honey
4 tablespoons mojo sauce
Canola oil

Add salt, sugar and water to a large pot. Bring to boil, remove from heat and allow to cool.

Place chicken in a deep baking pan and cover with brine. Cover pan and refrigerate overnight. The next morning, remove chicken from the brine, dry and place in deep baking pan. Pour 1 cup of the mojo sauce (see recipe) over the chicken, coating it, and marinate for about 3 hours.

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Posted on May 14, 2011 by Editor

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CNN: How Oprah has changed the way we live

from CNN

How Oprah has changed the way we live

By Megan Clifford, CNN

(CNN) — From “aha!” moments to “teachable” moments, in 25 years “The Oprah Winfrey Show” has not just become a part of our popular vernacular, it’s shaped our culture. Whether you’ve tuned in each weekday afternoon or preferred to tune her out, “Lady O” has left her mark.

Here’s our list of the top five ways “Oprah” has changed the way we live.

Reading

Oprah got people walking, and reading. During the 14 years of Oprah’s Book Club, fans bought millions of copies of Oprah’s 65 selected reading suggestions. A lit pick by Oprah guaranteed additional printings and big paychecks for publishers and authors.

Controversy colored her 2005 choice of James Frey’s “A Million Little Pieces” when the author was forced to admit he had made up large sections of the story of drug addiction and recovery that he touted as nonfiction.

Nonetheless, it made for great discussions at Oprah-inspired book clubs across the country.

Race relations

Oprah has always credited the sacrifice and service of the men and women involved in the civil rights movement for paving a path for a poor African- American woman from the South to transform into a beloved billionaire businesswoman. In turn, Oprah’s success has inspired millions more.

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Posted on May 14, 2011 by Editor

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Porn With A Bespoke Twist

from FORBES

A Porn Star Book Is Selling with a Bespoke Twist

A new limited-edition book by an adult film star aims to sell copies by offering buyers something they won’t find elsewhere.

Girlvert: A Porno Memoir is priced at a whopping $200 and limited to a mere 50.

So, what’s the twist?

Each book jacket contains one of the starlet’s pubic hairs.

[P]orn star Oriana Small, whose stage name is Ashley Blue, and her publisher are exploring what the literary-minded and sexually curious will pay for when it comes to art books.

Girlvert is Small’s autobiography of her decade-long career in the porn trade. Small, as Blue, is a widely-known performer. She is famous for her extreme sexual performances and for starring in an adult video series entitled “Girlvert.” The book is her story of what happened on stage and off, from her personal struggles to performing for the cameras to finding love.

Blue joins a new literary niche: porn star authors. Porn star-turned-”Entourage” guest star Sasha Grey, who scored the lead role in Steven Soderbergh’s “The Girlfriend Experience,” recently released Neu Sex, a book of erotic photos. Jenna Jameson’s How to Make Love Like a Porn Star: A Cautionary Tale, co-written with Neil Strauss, spent several weeks on the New York Times bestseller list and continues to sell.

And Girlvert has scored a nod from another controversial author, James Frey. “Oriana Small has pushed herself to the outermost extremes of what the body and mind are capable of — all before turning thirty years old — and now she’s made it an authentic read for the rest of us to marvel at, elevating the depravity and denial inherent in the pornographic arts to a singular literary experience,” Frey’s blurb for the book reads.

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Posted on May 13, 2011 by Editor

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The Opening Of THE RATTLING WALL

from The LA Times

The opening celebration for ‘The Rattling Wall’

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Maybe all readings should let the bar open before getting underway.

Whether it was helped by the wine and beer or not, Wednesday night’s kickoff of the new literary journal “The Rattling Wall” was a festive celebration. Held at the Hammer Museum, the room was filled to its 250-person capacity, with stylish young literati, well-heeled PEN stalwarts, and the contributors, who fell, demographically, somewhere between the two.

The Rattling Wall” is a print literary journal published biannually, supported by PEN Center USA West, and edited by PEN’s program director Michelle Meyering. The first issue, which includes a whopping 36 contributors, features fiction by James Frey, Blake Butler and Tod Goldberg; poetry by Tony Hoagland and Matthew Zapruder; and travel essays by Samantha Dunn and Don Winslow.

Although most of Wednesday night’s readers hail from the West Coast, Meyering hinted at the magazine’s ambitions when she told the audience that she looked forward to “building a national community of readers and writers around the journal.”

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Posted on May 13, 2011 by Editor

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Hova Takes MOMA

from The Wall Street Journal

Rappers Turn Heads at MoMA

By ERICA ORDEN

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Jay-Z (left) appeared as a guest of Kanye West during MoMa’s Party in the Garden.

It’s not easy to outshine Kanye West, but if anyone can do it, it’s Jay-Z.

The Brooklyn-raised rapper appeared as a special guest Tuesday night during Mr. West’s performance at the Museum of Modern Art’s annual Party in the Garden, in front of an already-frenzied crowd that erupted when he joined Mr. West onstage.

But the earlier crowd, nibbling on mini lobster rolls and mini prosciutto BLT sandwiches, did find time for other topics.

Author James Frey said he’s continuing to develop his art collection. “I just bought a couple pictures by my boy Richard Phillips,” said Mr. Frey, pointing to the artist, standing nearby.

Mr. Frey was less inclined to discuss his impending appearance on the Oprah Winfrey Show next week— “I really can’t talk about it,” he said. “I signed papers.”—but was eager to mention the HBO drama he’s writing about the pornography industry.

“I interviewed the CEOs of the three biggest companies in the world,” he said. “If we get to shoot everything we’ve come up with,” he said, “it’s going to be amazing.”

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Posted on May 12, 2011 by Editor

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