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The Princess said, “No!!!”

Once upon a time, a  Prince asked a beautiful Princess, “Will you marry me?”

The Princess said, “No!!!”

And the Prince lived happily ever after and rode motorcycles and dated skinny long-legged full-breasted women and hunted and fished and raced cars and went to naked bars and dated ladies half his age and drank whiskey, beer and Captain Morgan and never heard bitching and never paid child support or alimony and banged cheerleaders and kept his house and guns and ate Spam and potato chips and beans and blew enormous farts and never got cheated on while he was at work and all his friends and family thought he was frickin’ cool as hell and he had tons of money in the bank and left the toilet seat up.

The end.

Posted on August 31, 2011 by MJS

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The Inside Of The Rolling Stone

from Rolling Stone

Petra Nemcova, James Frey Remake Iconic Maxell’s Commercial

Petra Nemcova, James Frey Remake Iconic Maxell's CommercialCassette culture is revived and well: all it needed was a supermodel, controversial author and ironically, an iPhone app to breathe new life into it. A new ad from Booktrack features Petra Nemcova and James Frey in an uncomfortably provocative master and servant scenario while paying sly homage to Maxell’s classic “Higher Fidelity” commercial, which blew people away in 1983. British fans may recall the U.K.-only version that featured Bauhaus’s Peter Murphy; younger fans may be more familiar with the late Ryan Dunn’s parody of the clip. In any case, Maxell’s ad is a nugget of Eighties ephemera that manages to keeps on giving.

Booktrack’s take on the iconic ad skips the analog nostalgia, but amps up the style and sound quotients to make its selling point – enhancing your e-book experience with synchronized soundtracks – a little sexier. Nemcova poses as Frey’s coquettish (Marchesa-clad) maid, donning erotic accessories from Kiki de Montparnasse and Christian Louboutin…

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Posted on August 31, 2011 by Editor

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Today’s Levitation

from The Coolhunter

本日の浮遊
Today’s Levitation

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Posted on August 30, 2011 by Editor

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SIX On The Beach

from SELF Magazine

Summer Beach Read: The Power of Six

Tuesday, August 23, 2011 at 1:12 PM  |  posted by Laura Brounstein

The Power of Six, “by” Pittacus Lore, is the latest book from James Frey’s Full Fathom Five and, like its predecessor, I Am Number Four, it is a furiously fun foray into the fight facing the teenage survivors of the planet Lorien.

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Not only do these teens have to struggle against alien predators, the Mogadorians, but they also need to learn how to handle their adolescent inclinations — both earthly (I like two girls!) and not (can I harness my powers, my Legacies, effectively enough to save the planet?).

While John Smith, the hero of I Am Number Four is a central character of this book as well, he is now joined by two other Loriens, Numbers Six and Seven. They are two very different girls, Six is a hardened battle veteran and Seven is just coming into her Legacies, but their characters develop richly as the book progresses, giving what could otherwise be just another YA genre romp some heart and heft.

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Posted on August 29, 2011 by Editor

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Today I Found Out 10 Interesting Word & Phrase Facts

from TodayIFoundOut.com

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Posted on August 27, 2011 by Editor

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WSJ: ‘I’m Done Writing Books,’ Says Frey

from The Wall Street Journal

‘I’m Done Writing Books,’ Says Frey

Booktrack, a new start-up that adds soundtracks to e-books, launched in style Wednesday night at Yotel in Midtown. The company, backed by Facebook co-founder Peter Thiel, matches “synchronized music, sound effects, and ambient sound” to text, according to its press release. The project has author James Frey, an early Booktrack supporter, so excited that he’s retiring from writing books altogether.

Joe Schildhorn/BFA“I’m done writing books,” he told a reporter at the reception. “The only books I’ve written are the ones with my names on them, and I’m never writing another book. I have other things to do in life. I’m not bored with it—I’m still going to do television shows and movies and videogames. I just like having other people write books for me, you know?”

Presumably, those “other people” are employees at Full Fathom Five, Mr. Frey’s book company, which has recently been characterized by New York magazine, Gawker, and other media outlets as “a factory” and a “sweatshop.”

“I don’t care what people say,” he said. “I don’t think it’s factory-like. I think we just systematized the production of books, and it’s going well. I don’t think that characterization is accurate at all, but it makes me laugh.”

[ click to continue reading at WSJ.com ]

Posted on August 26, 2011 by Editor

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Petra Nemcova, A Pair of Louboutin’s and James Frey

Posted on August 24, 2011 by Editor

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THE POWER OF SIX: The First Book With A Soundtrack

from The New York Times

Bells and Whistles for a Few E-Books

By JULIE BOSMAN

In the film versions of “Pride and Prejudice” the music jumps and swells at all the right moments, heightening the tension and romance of that classic Jane Austen novel.

Will it do the same in the e-book edition?

Booktrack, a start-up in New York, is planning to release e-books with soundtracks that play throughout the books, an experimental technology that its founders hope will change the way many novels are read.

Its first book featuring a soundtrack is “The Power of Six,” a young-adult novel published by HarperCollins, soon to be followed by “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn,” “Jane Eyre,” “Romeo and Juliet” and “The Three Musketeers.”

In September and October, Booktrack will release editions of the short stories “In the South,” by Salman Rushdie, and “Solace,” by Jay McInerney.

Tara Weikum, an editorial director for HarperCollins Children’s Books, said she believed “The Power of Six” could work with a soundtrack because the book is “cinematic in scope.”

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Posted on August 23, 2011 by Editor

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“It’s in the hole! It’s in the hole!!”

Posted on August 23, 2011 by Editor

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Get Some SIX Today: Interview with Pittacus Lore

from MTV’s Hollywood Crush

‘The Power Of Six’ Debuts Today: Author, Lorien Elder Pittacus Lore Speaks

Posted 8/23/11 4:39 pm ET by Amy Wilkinson in Page Turners

The Power of Six“They tried to catch Number Four in Ohio…and failed. I am Number Seven. And I’m ready to fight.”

Thus concludes the synopsis for Pittacus Lore’s second “Lorien Legacies” novel, “The Power of Six,” which hits bookstore shelves today. The novel picks up where the preceding “I Am Number Four” left off, with the titular Number Four (John), Number Six and Sam on the run after a deadly confrontation with the enemy Mogadorians.

John is once again a central focus in this second effort from co-authors James Frey and Jobie Hughes (who use the pen name Pittacus Lore), but the novel also introduces us to Number Seven, a young woman named Marina living in Spain, whose protectors may not have her best interests at heart.

In anticipation of the novel’s release, we were granted an audience (via email, that is) with author/Lorien elder Pittacus Lore himself, who (very succinctly) answered a few of our burning questions. Read our entire interview after the jump!

Hollywood Crush: Your latest is titled “The Power of Six” but revolves quite a bit around Number Seven. How did you decide on the title, and were you worried there would be any confusion that the book was about Six?

Pittacus Lore: The title “The Power of Six” refers to the remaining six Lorien who are on Earth, and their collective power, but also Number Six whose power is on full display near the end of the book.

Will Number Four continue to be a narrator in each of the series’ books?

For as long as Number Four is alive, he will be a major part of the books.

Number Five is glaringly absent. Can you tell us anything about what he/she is up to?

I write about the events as they happen. It is not important to find the other Loriens in the order of their numbers, just to find them at all. We know now where Number Five is.

Your name appears in this second novel.

I am Pittacus Lore, the ruling Lorien elder, the planet’s leader and military ruler. It’s natural that at some point I would appear in the books being written about our war with the Mogadorians.

Can you give us any update on plans for the film adaptation of “The Power of Six”?

Mr. Michael Bay would be the best person to speak to about it. I am sworn to a vow of silence.

Okay then…

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Posted on August 23, 2011 by Editor

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Just GAGOSIAN

from The Observer

The Business Formerly Known As Gagosian Gallery

“Try to be one of the people on whom nothing is lost,” the writer Henry James once advised. It has not been lost on us here at The Observer, where we carefully scrutinize the tiniest changes in branding, that what was formerly known as Gagosian Gallery is now known simply as Gagosian.

Already on the back cover of  James Frey’s new novel The Final Testament of the Holy Bible, published in April by Gagosian, the publisher was listed on the back as Gagosian, rather than as Gagosian Gallery.

And now, the ultimate indicator of changes in an art business’s presentation, the September issue of Artforum magazine, has landed on our desks…

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Posted on August 22, 2011 by Editor

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“Gott’s Büch” by James Frey

from GottB.com

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Posted on August 21, 2011 by Editor

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A Scandal-prone Crowd

from the New York Times

In East Hampton, the Art Elite Gather

Emily Berl for The New York Times

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GUILD HALL, the 80-year-old cultural pillar of East Hampton, usually stands above the fray in a town with its share of tabloid fodder. But last Friday night, during its summer gala, whiffs of scandal were in the air and on the gallery walls.

Well, what else to expect at an exhibition by Richard Prince, the controversial appropriation artist? His show, “Covering Pollock,” is full of photo collages from the life of Jackson Pollock, the local bad-boy artist who died in a car crash in the area.

The evening began with a private viewing at Guild Hall, where high-minded guests including Barbara Kruger, Robert A. M. Stern and Lisa Phillips looked at low-minded images of naked women, punks and the artist’s wrecked car.

“This show takes him off the art pedestal and brings you right back to the audaciousness of his time,” Larry Gagosian, who represents Mr. Prince, said of Pollock.

When it was time for cocktails and dinner ($1,200 a plate), guests — some in very high heels — teetered out onto Main Street, and with traffic whooshing by, walked to the historic Gardiner estate, whose “lord of the manor,” Robert, died in 2004 after a family feud over the rights to Gardiners Island. “I wonder if the ghost of Mr. Gardiner is around,” a guest said.

Possibly, judging by the scandal-prone crowd. Alec Baldwin (remember that nasty divorce from Kim Basinger?) was the master of ceremonies. James Frey, the publishing provocateur once in the news for his not-so-true memoir, was regaling his tablemates. “I don’t write anymore,” he said of the young scribes he uses to create books for him. “I let others do it.”

Music was provided by Alexandra Richards, daughter of Keith of the Rolling Stones, and who is now a D.J. and model. She posed last summer for French Playboy. Her music was loose and old school, her dress provocatively tight.

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Posted on August 20, 2011 by Editor

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Message From Pittacus Lore

Posted on August 19, 2011 by Editor

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I don’t know about you, but I always root for the bull anyway.

from NBC New York

Spain’s Killer Bull Claims Third Victim

Bull is huge attraction at festivals, earning $13,000 per appearance

By Greg Wilson

There’s a killer on the loose in Spain, and people love him.

Raton, a 1,100-pound bull whose owners earn big money to bring him to bull runs, burnished his reputation this weekend by killing his third victim in 10 years. The 29-year-old man was gored at a festival in Eastern Spain and died later at a hospital.

The bull, whose name translates to Mouse, earns $13,000 for his owners for each appearance and has his own Facebook page.

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Posted on August 18, 2011 by Editor

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Gagosian Launches iPad App

from contemporary art

Gagosian gallery launches App for iPad

by Art Shades Blog

Gagosian Gallery announces the launch of an application for the iPad, now available as a free download from the iTunes store. The app will be updated four times per year, providing content that features recent, current, and future Gagosian artists, exhibitions, and projects. The artists presented in edition #1 include Richard Avedon, Cecily Brown, John Currin, Vera Lutter, Kazimir Malevich, Elizabeth Peyton, Pablo Picasso, Robert Rauschenberg, Richard Prince, and Rudolf Stingel.

DOWNLOAD GAGOSIAN APP HERE

The app offers unprecedented access and in-depth knowledge of Gagosian Gallery’s artists and exhibitions, presented through visually stunning, richly informative and innovative features, and both moving and still imagery. Art lovers who have yet to see the current exhibition of Picasso’s portraits of his lover Marie-Thérèse Walter (Picasso and Marie-Thérèse: L’amour fou, April 14–July 15, 2011, New York), can explore a touch-sensitive “sketch” view revealing twenty states of Picasso’s etching of his muse. In addition they can watch video excerpts of the renowned art historian John Richardson, a Gagosian curator, discussing the exhibition.

Admirers of John Currin’s opulent portraiture will revel in the app’s gigapixel digital exposé of a recent painting, as well as a 2010 lecture by the artist. Other projects include an interview with writer James Frey about his 2011 novel, The Final Testament of the Holy Bible, published by Gagosian Gallery. The app also offers excerpts from scholar Aleksandra Shatskikh’s catalogue essay for the historic exhibition Malevich and the American Legacy(March 3–April 30, 2011, New York).

Viewers can relive a key moment in art history by watching archival footage of Rauschenberg’s 1966 performance,
Open Score; or follow a tour by curator Francesco Bonami of Rudolf Stingel (March 4–April 16, 2011, New York).

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Posted on August 17, 2011 by Editor

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Insane Clown Advice

from Culture Bully

Insane Clown Posse on The Adam Carolla Show

Written by  on August 12, 2011 in Music

Insane Clown Posse and Adam Carolla

In preparation for this year’s edition of the Gathering of the Juggalos, Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope appeared onThe Adam Carolla Show where the longtime radio personality went a little off-base in taking listeners through an in depth recap of the Insane Clown Posse‘s history. From the group’s birth in the suburbs of Detroit to their fallout with Disney to present day grinding, the interview offers some fantastic insight into the duo’s success and ideologies.

After Adam Carolla discusses the similarities between a concert cellist and the Insane Clown Posse, Shaggy goes off on a tremendous speech about the importance of hustling and grinding in order to get what you want:

“You have to keep banging on these pots and pans. If you don’t, you won’t have their attention. They’ll stop lookin’ at you if you’re not makin’ no noise. If you’re not bangin’ on shit and sayin’: ‘Hey! We’re right here!’ There’s so much going on out there in the world that if you don’t bang on shit they’re gonna look away. They’re gonna look away, man. You better keep their attention. And then when you got their attention you better stand up and fuckin’ dance or do something that’s gonna keep their attention because, better believe that to the right of you and to the left of you there’s guys dancing all over the place doin’ impressive shit, man. You gotta hang with them…

You see that mountain out there? If you want to get to the top of that mountain you can sit here on the bottom and you can wait for a fuckin’ ski-lift that ain’t never comin’; you can wait for some superstar to come pick you up in a helicopter and fly you up to the top; you can wait for somebody to come lift you and carry you on their back, which ain’t ever gonna happen; or you can slowly but surely start walkin’ that muhfucker. It may be slow, it may hurt your feet, it may take forever, it may be not fun, it may suck! But eventually you will start to get up that muhfucker. Eventually you will turn around and say, ‘Wow! Look at how far we’ve came. We’ve been walkin’ so long that when I turn around and look behind me, we’ve made some groundwork!’… But that’s how you make it: You walk!… Think about it: Your destiny is in your hands. If you put it in your hands: How you gonna fuck up?”

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Posted on August 16, 2011 by Editor

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Cantor Fitzgerald Is A Class Act

from The NY Daily News

Cantor Fitzgerald commits to family members of 658 workers lost on 9/11

 Howard Lutnick, CEO of Cantor Fitzgerald, survived 9/11 because he was dropping his son at his first day of school.  He rebuilt the company after 600 of his employees lost their lives.

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Howard Lutnick, CEO of Cantor Fitzgerald, survived 9/11 because he was dropping his son at his first day of school. He rebuilt the company after 600 of his employees lost their lives.

On the night of Sept. 11, 2001, Cantor Fitzgerald CEO Howard Lutnick picked up the phone in his Manhattan apartment and dialed into a conference call.

Lutnick’s brother, best friend and 656 other colleagues were dead. His firm, 960 people strong a day earlier, was decimated.

On the other end of the line were some of the surviving Cantor employees.

“We have two choices,” Lutnick told them.

“We could shut the firm and attend our friends’ funerals, or we’re going to work harder than we’ve ever worked before to help their families.”

The decision was unanimous: Cantor Fitzgerald, Wall Street’s most venerable bond trading firm, would rise from the ashes.

The stakes were gargantuan. Lutnick did not announce it then, but he and the other surviving execs harbored grander plans.

They vowed to distribute 25% of the firm’s profits to victims’ families for five years and provide them with health benefits for 10.

Lutnick revealed the firm’s intentions on Sept. 19.

Ten years later, Cantor has handed out more than $180 million to the families and fulfilled its promise to pay their health care.

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Posted on August 14, 2011 by Editor

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Prince Does Pollock

from Gossip Central

Richard Prince Covers Jackson Pollock at Guild Hall

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To imagine Richard Prince doing drip paintings in honor of Jackson Pollock is too linear a concept for what Prince does in Guild Hall’s new exhibition, Richard Prince: Covering Pollock. The iconic abstract expressionist is pure subject for Prince’s collages, repetitions in the manner of Warhol, Rauchenberg-like juxtapositions. He’s evoking a whole lot more than just Pollock in this homage. 

Photographs of the serene Springs setting where Pollock and Lee Krasner lived and worked, some with Krasner posing, another with girlfriend Ruth Kligman, another with the fatal car upturned, collaged with cancelled checks, or snapshots, some pornographic. Prince says in a conversation with Lisa Phillips, Director of the New Museum, curator of Prince’s first show at the Whitney, “I’m imagining what he would do today if he were still alive. What music he would listen to, what activities he would be involved with?”

On Friday, the annual Guild Hall summer gala followed the Prince opening, at the historic Gardiner estate. Master of Ceremonies Alec Baldwin made the usual introductions, of movie producer Michael Lynne, chair of the museum committee, honoree Martha Stewart, DJ Alexandra Richards (daughter of Keith, he noted) and then Baldwin strongly advised the seated dinner and auction guests including Larry Gagosian, Dina Merrill and Ted Hartley, and James Frey, “When the Clifford Ross comes up, don’t get in my way.”

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Posted on August 13, 2011 by Editor

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Mr. Cherry Pie Gone – Dr. Drew Sends Out Self-Promoting Tweet In Wake of Death

Jani Lane Dead at 47 –  Dr. Drew Gloats via re-Tweet

 

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RT @beautiflywings: “:( Jani Lane died. Saw him on Celebrity Fit Club. He was on the wrong show. He needed @drdrew.“Yes very sad”

 

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Posted on August 12, 2011 by Editor

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THE ART OF THE RATTLING WALL – August 13 L.A.

from SYNCHRONICITY

ALBERT REYES: The Art of The Rattling Wall – August 13

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ALBERT REYES:
The Art of The Rattling Wall

Please join PEN Center USA and Narrow Books at Synchronicity on August 13, 2011, at 7 p.m. for the opening of ALBERT REYES: THE ART OF THE RATTLING WALL. The Rattling Wall is a Los Angeles-based literary journal specializing in short fiction, travel essays, and poetry. ALBERT REYES: THE ART OF THE RATTLING WALL will feature the artwork that appears in the journal’s inaugural issue, as well as new work. The show will run from August 13-27, 2011.

Albert Reyes has a distinctive artistic approach inspired not only by street art, comic books, and American pop culture; but also by contemporary and classical “high art.” His drawings and illustrations incorporate everything from icons of corporate America to Hollywood stars, to mass media, to politics, to consumerism. Reyes has exhibited at the Pacific Design Center, Giant Robot (Los Angeles, San Francisco, and New York), Black Market Gallery, Art Basel Miami Beach, and Shepard Fairey’s Subliminal Projects and Studio Number One galleries. His artwork has appeared in the New York Times: Year In Ideas, Swindle, Chicano Art Magazine, Giant Robot Magazine, and on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” and CNN.

The Rattling Wall, Issue 1, includes work by Tod Goldberg, Libby Flores, Tony Hoagland, Joseph Mattson, Kyle G. Dargan, Eric Layer, Stacey Waite, Neal Pollack, Lou Mathews, Don Winslow, Matthew Zapruder, Alisa Slaughter, James Greer, Eloise Klein Healy, Blake Butler, Jessica Garrison, Allison Burnett, Samantha Dunn, Brando Skyhorse, and James Frey. The Rattling Wall is edited by Michelle Meyering.

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Posted on August 12, 2011 by Editor

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Bye Bye, Maybach

Posted on August 11, 2011 by Editor

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Andy Warhol’s Childhood Endeavours

from The Atlantic

Warhols You Can Afford: Andy Warhol’s 1950s Children’s Books

Before his Marilyn Monroe and Campbell’s Soup prints, the pop art legend illustrated books—and they’re still available and inexpensive

Andy Warhol may be one of only seven artists in the world to have ever sold a canvas for $100 million, but it turns out you don’t have to be a billionaire to own “a Warhol.” In fact, you can do so for next to nothing.

In the late 1950s, Warhol belonged to Doubleday’s stable of freelance artists, making a living designing book covers and illustrating dry business books. Shortly before halting his love affair with the corporate world in fear of compromising his flirtations with the art world, he illustrated six stories for the excellent Best In Children’s Books. (Cue in my recent review of littleknown children’s books by famous “adult” authors.) Among them was the story “Card Games Are Fun,” from Best of Children’s Books #27, published in 1959.

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Posted on August 10, 2011 by Editor

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Giant Mermaid Sighted In Germany

from Yahoo! News

A “mermaid” sculpture rises in Germany’s Alster lake.

Boats gather around a sculpture of a mermaid in the inner city ‘Alster’ lake in Hamburg August 3, 2011. The four-meter-high sculpture made by Oliver Voss will be in place until August 12. REUTERS/Morris Mac Matzen (GERMANY – Tags: SOCIETY)

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Posted on August 9, 2011 by Editor

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One of the more intriguing aspects of David Bowie’s appearance is that his eyes seem to be of two different colors….

from Flavorwire’s ‘Vintage Photos Of Rock Stars In Their Bathing Suits”

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Posted on August 8, 2011 by Editor

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Bernie Kosar Rocks

from bleacher report

Cleveland Browns: Top 10 Best Pop Culture Moments

8. I Am Number Four

The 2011 hit movie “I Am Number Four” stars a character named Bernie Kosar after the beloved 1980’s and early 90’s Cleveland Browns quarterback.

Main character John Smith finds a dog and names it Bernie Kosar.  This dog is not just any dog, but a shape-shifting being from Smith’s homeplanet of Lorien.

I’m not going to go any more into detail on the movie plot; it only gets weirder from there.

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Posted on August 7, 2011 by Editor

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‘The job was gone, the gun was loaded, and a voice was saying, “You’re a waste, give up now, do it now.”’

from The New York Times

Learning to Cope With a Mind’s Taunting Voices

Living With Voices: Joe Holt, a computer consultant and entrepreneur who has a diagnosis of schizophrenia, describes how he’s learned to manage the voices in his head.

By 

LEE’S SUMMIT, Mo. — The job was gone, the gun was loaded, and a voice was saying, “You’re a waste, give up now, do it now.”

It was a command, not a suggestion, and what mattered at that moment — a winter evening in 2000 — was not where the voice was coming from, but how assured it was, how persuasive.

Losing his first decent job ever seemed like too much for Joe Holt to live with. It was time.

“All I remember then is a knock on the bedroom door and my wife, Patsy, she sits down on the bed and hugs me, and I’m holding the gun in my left hand, down here, out of sight,” said Mr. Holt, 50, a computer consultant and entrepreneur who has a diagnosis of schizophrenia.

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Posted on August 6, 2011 by Editor

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Posted on August 5, 2011 by MJS

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The Complete Spot Paintings

from the New York Times

A HIRST EXTRAVAGANZA

Love his work or hate it, even art-world cynics have to admit that when it comes to masterly marketing few artists can beat the British bad boy Damien Hirst. When he surprised everyone in 2008 by holding a two-day auction at Sotheby’s in London that included everything from dead animals submerged in tanks of formaldehyde to his signature medicine cabinets and swirl paintings, about 21,000 people flocked in to see what looked like an elegant retrospective. And despite the reeling of the financial markets back then, collectors and speculators willingly invested in the Hirst brand. The auctions — of 223 examples of Mr. Hirst’s art — totaled $200.7 million.

As part of his sales pitch he announced that he would no longer be making spin or butterfly paintings, and that his production of dead animals and spot paintings would be drastically reduced. Not exactly. Reminded of that statement in a recent telephone interview, he chuckled and said: “I keep trying to end them. But then I get these crazy ideas, and I can’t stop.”

Gagosian Gallery around the world — 11 in all — will hold its own version of “Damien Hirst: The Complete Spot Paintings 1986-2011.” The show will open on the same, not yet determined day in every city — New York, London, Paris, Los Angeles, Rome, Athens, Geneva and Hong Kong — and run from mid-January through February 2012.

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Posted on August 4, 2011 by Editor

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Homemade Tomato Ketchup

from The Arizona Republic

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Posted on August 3, 2011 by Editor

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TRAILER: The Power Of Six

from Entertainment Weekly

See the trailer for ‘The Power of Six,’ the sequel to ‘I Am Number Four’ — EXCLUSIVE

by Keith Staskiewicz

Last year, everyone was eager, eager, eager for I Am Number Four to become the NBT (short for Next Big Twilight). Not only was the first book in the alien-in-high-school series released with much fanfare, but it was adapted immediately into a film starring Alex Pettyfer and Dianna Agron.

There’s no indication whether a Hollywood version is in the works for the sequel, The Power of Six, but the book is definitely set to hit stores on Aug. 23 and, like the first, it is written by Pittacus Lore, the nom d’espace of writer Jobie Hughes and Oprah hatchet-burier James Frey. Here’s the trailer:

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Posted on August 2, 2011 by Editor

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If Edgar Allan Poe Wrote Amazon Reviews

from Amazon.com

Customer Review

5,715 of 5,819 people found the following review helpful:

5.0 out of 5 stars Make this your only stock and storeJuly 8, 2008

By Edgar

Once upon a mid-day sunny, while I savored Nuts ‘N Honey,
With my Tuscan Whole Milk, 1 gal, 128 fl. oz., I swore
As I went on with my lapping, suddenly there came a tapping,
As of some one gently rapping, rapping at the icebox door.
‘Bad condensor, that,’ I muttered, ‘vibrating the icebox door –
Only this, and nothing more.’

Not to sound like a complainer, but, in an inept half-gainer,
I provoked my bowl to tip and spill its contents on the floor.
Stupefied, I came to muddle over that increasing puddle,
Burgeoning deluge of that which I at present do adore –
Snowy Tuscan wholesomeness exclusively produced offshore –
Purg’ed here for evermore.

And the pool so white and silky, filled me with a sense of milky
Ardor of the type fantastic of a loss not known before,
So that now, to still the throbbing of my heart, while gently sobbing,
I retreated, heading straightway for the tempting icebox door –
Heedless of that pitter-patter tapping at the icebox door –
I resolved to have some more.

Presently my soul grew stronger; hesitating then no longer,
‘This,’ said I, ‘requires an extra dram of milk, my favorite pour.’
To the icebox I aspired, motivated to admire
How its avocado pigment complemented my decor.
Then I grasped its woodgrain handle – here I opened wide the door; –
Darkness there, and nothing more.

Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there wondering, fearing,
Doubting, dreaming dreams of Tuscans I had known before
But the light inside was broken, and the darkness gave no token,
And the only words there spoken were my whispered words, ‘No more!’
Coke and beer, some ketchup I set eyes on, and an apple core –
Merely this and nothing more.

Back toward the table turning, all my soul within me burning,
Soon again I heard a tapping somewhat louder than before.
‘Surely,’ said I, ‘surely that is something at my window lattice;
Let me see then, what thereat is, and this mystery explore –
Let my heart be still a moment and this mystery explore; –
‘Tis the wind and nothing more!’

From the window came a stirring, then, with an incessant purring,
Inside stepped a kitten; mannerlessly did she me ignore.
Not the least obeisance made she; not a minute stopped or stayed she;
But, with mien of lord or lady, withdrew to my dining floor –
Pounced upon the pool of Tuscan spreading o’er my dining floor –
Licked, and lapped, and supped some more.

Then this tiny cat beguiling my sad fancy into smiling,
By the grand enthusiasm of the countenance she wore,
Toward the mess she showed no pity, ’til I said, ‘Well, hello, kitty!’
Sought she me with pretty eyes that seemed to open some rapport.
So I pleaded, ‘Tell me, tell me what it is that you implore!’
Quoth the kitten, ‘Get some more.’

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Posted on August 1, 2011 by Editor

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