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White Dog Rising

from TIME Magazine

White Dog Rising: Moonshine’s Moment

by Josh Ozersky

“They call it that old mountain dew, and them that refuse it are few.”

So goes the old song, and it gets truer every month. Yes, the distilled spirit known as moonshine, white lightning, white dog or simply white whiskey is the liquor of the moment, bringing together whiskey geeks, home distillers and high-end mixologists, all of whom find in the formerly clandestine rotgut a new means of expression, both for their palates and their politics.

Why is moonshine making a comeback? For the same reason absinthe did a few years ago. Because it’s delicious. Because it’s illegal. And because it’s cool. Moonshine, both then and now, is whiskey as it comes out of the still: no oak barrels, no caramel color, no aging. It’s just straight liquor from fermented corn or wheat mash. None of the luxury-tinged language that surrounds its grown-up siblings, like bourbon or scotch, applies to the dog. There are no 12 years of “mellowing,” no “complex vanilla notes.” If you get one flavor out of a white whiskey, you’re doing well. Historically, you’re doing well if you don’t die or go blind after drinking it…

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Posted on May 31, 2010 by Editor

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James Frey Tonight @ Shakespeare And Company (Paris) – 7pm

Monday 31st May 7:00pm

In his youth, James Frey spent many an afternoon at Shakespeare and Company and tonight we have the pleasure of welcoming him back into the fold. James Frey is the bestselling author of A Million Little Pieces,My Friend Leonard and more recently, a novel about LA, Bright Shiny Morning.  ‘A furiously good storyteller’ – New York Times

James is a writer not afraid of a little controversy. There was a lot of noise surrounding his brilliant first book, A Million Little Pieces, which spawned a fact/fiction debate that captured America and the world. He has had highs and lows – but throughout them all, his writing continued to speak louder than all the brouhaha. James writes exhilarating books and posseses that rare quality – the ability to tell a truly good story.

Dans sa jeunesse, James Frey a passé bien des après-midi à Shakespeare and Company et c’est avec plaisir que nous l’accueillerons à nouveau ce soir. James Frey est l’auteur à succès de A Million Little Pieces, My Friend Leonard et, dernièrement, d’un roman sur Los Angeles, Bright Shiny Morning. James n’est pas un auteur que la controverse effraie. Il a connu des hauts et des bas mais la qualité de son écriture a toujours su rester au-dessus de tous les débats. James est l’auteur de romans grisants et il a cette rare qualité, le don de savoir raconter une histoire.

After battling with alcohol addiction and spending time in rehab, James Frey wrote A Million Little Pieces which was published in 2003 in America and the following year in the UK to critical acclaim. The New Yorker praised the book as “A frenzied, electrifying description of the experience”. He wrote the sequel, My Friend Leonard about life after rehab. His latest novel, Bright Shiny Morning, is all about Los Angeles, the city of contradictions. Home to both movie stars and down-and-outs, palm-lined beaches and gridlock, shopping sprees and gun sprees. Bright Shiny Morning takes a wild ride through the ultimate metropolis, where glittering excess rubs shoulders with seedy depravity. Frey’s trademark cinematic snapshots zoom in on the parallel lives of diverse characters, bringing their egos and ideals, hopes and despairs, anxieties and absurdities vividly to life. Some suffer, like the otherworldly wino who tries to save a spoilt teenage runaway. Others gain, like the canny talent agent who turns sexual harassment into blackmailing advantage. Some are loaded, or grounded, and have luck on their side. Others, like the countless actresses-turned-hookers, or schoolboys-turned-gangsters, are doomed.

Praise for James Frey:

‘James Frey is probably one of the finest and most important writers to have emerged in recent years’ – Irvine Welsh, Guardian

‘Totally addictive’ – Time Out


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Posted on May 31, 2010 by Editor

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The Most Terrible Consequences Of A Very Bad Tea

from The Daily Mail

American cage fighter ‘rips out still-beating heart of training partner after fearing he was possessed by the devil’



Jarrod Wyatt

Arrested: Jarrod Wyatt was allegedly found standing naked over his dead friend’s body in a room bathed in blood.

A U.S. cage fighter ripped out the heart of his training partner while he was still alive after becoming convinced he was possessed by the devil, it was alleged today.

Jarrod Wyatt also cut out Taylor Powell’s tongue and ripped off most of his face in a brutal assault that police said looked like a scene from a horror film, officers said.

They claim they found the 26-year-old standing naked over his friend’s body with parts, including an eyeball, strewn around the blood splattered room in Klamath, California.

Wyatt allegedly told police he had drunk a cup of tea spiked with hallucinogenic mushrooms and became convinced Powell was possessed.

According to an autopsy Powell, 21, bled to death after his heart was ripped out. The coroner said Powell had been alive when the organ was ripped out after his chest had been sliced open with a knife. Wyatt told the police he thrown the heart into a fire along with other organs that he had removed from the body, it was claimed.

He allegedly told investigators he cooked the body parts because he was fearful Powell was still alive and he ‘needed to stop the Devil’.

Justin Davis told police he returned to the flat to find Wyatt naked and covered from head to toe in blood. He noticed an eyeball lying in the middle of the floor and saw Powell’s mutilated body.

A lawyer representing Wyatt has claimed the wild mushrooms caused him to act in such a violent way and had not control over his actions. ‘My client was trying to silence the devil,’ said James Fallman.

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The Rebel Is Gone. Thank you, Dennis Hopper. Thank you.

Posted on May 30, 2010 by Editor

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MTV Asks, Will Pittacus Lore’s “I Am Number Four” Be The Next “Twilight”

from MTV

The Next ‘Twilight’: The Search Continues At BookExpo America

We pick five books that could live up to the hype to be your next book addiction.

By Brian Jacks and Sabrina Rojas Weiss

Mega-successful books series like “Twilight” and “Harry Potter” don’t come around every day. The flowery tales of Edward and Bella and the fantastical adventures of Harry and his schoolmates have entrenched themselves in the hearts of loyal followers, leaving room for little else. But the June 5 release of Stephenie Meyer’s “Twilight” spin-off novella “The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner” marks the end of an era. That’s why the publishers, authors and booksellers at BookExpo America this week were eager to tout their upcoming releases as the next big thing.

MTV News scoured the trade show and soaked in the hype. Check back at our Hollywood Crush blog for reviews of many of these titles when they’re available. But in the meantime, here are five buzzed-about books whose mythical creatures and evil dystopias seem the most promising. Many of them are already being prepped for the big screen too.

“I Am Number Four”

What It’s About: A group of young aliens land on Earth after their own planet is destroyed, secretly integrating themselves into society where they slowly learn they’re developing powers. When those responsible for blowing up their planet track them down and begin killing them in sequential order, our hero John Smith (otherwise known as Number Four) vows to dish vengeance on the bad guys, all while juggling a hot and heavy love triangle involving his fellow extraterrestrial Sarah (Number Six) and a human girl.

What Could Make It the Next “Twilight”: The book by “Pitacus Lore” (the pseudonym of James Frey and Jobie Hughes) doesn’t hit shelves until August 17, but that didn’t stop Steven Spielberg, Michael Bay and the creators of “Smallville” from teaming up to produce a big-budget film that’s set for a 2011 release. Alex Pettyfer of “Beastly” and Dianna Agron from “Glee” are among the stars already attached. That alone could help the book shoot to the top of the pile, but at its heart the title is about one young man and his quest discover himself, get the girl and take down the enemy.

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Posted on May 28, 2010 by Editor

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Mark Twain To Tell All At Last

from The Independent

After keeping us waiting for a century, Mark Twain will finally reveal all

The great American writer left instructions not to publish his autobiography until 100 years after his death, which is now
By Guy Adams in Los Angeles

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Exactly a century after rumours of his death turned out to be entirely accurate, one of Mark Twain’s dying wishes is at last coming true: an extensive, outspoken and revelatory autobiography which he devoted the last decade of his life to writing is finally going to be published.

The creator of Tom Sawyer, Huckleberry Finn and some of the most frequently misquoted catchphrases in the English language left behind 5,000 unedited pages of memoirs when he died in 1910, together with handwritten notes saying that he did not want them to hit bookshops for at least a century.

That milestone has now been reached, and in November the University of California, Berkeley, where the manuscript is in a vault, will release the first volume of Mark Twain’s autobiography. The eventual trilogy will run to half a million words, and shed new light on the quintessentially American novelist.

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Posted on May 28, 2010 by JK

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15 Most Controversial Books In The Western Canon

from Shmoop

10. It’s Paining Men

Who: Alice Walker

What: The Color Purple

When: 1982

Why: Rape, incest, homosexuality, and an unfavorable portrayal of men

How: Cutting right to the chase, The Color Purple famously opens with a graphic firsthand account of an incestuous rape. After bearing (and being separated from) her father’s children, Celie is forced into a loveless marriage where she is beaten and suffers spousal rape by her husband.

Her freedom eventually lies in having a lesbian affair with her husband’s mistress and leaving him to start her own business. For many readers, the mother/daughter/lesbian lover dynamic leaves little room for any male protagonists, which critics argue reinforces negative stereotypes about black men.

11. Still Haven’t Found What They’re Looking For

Who: Salman Rushdie

What: The Satanic Verses

When: 1988

Why: Irreverence toward Islam

How: In addition to other offences, Rushdie refers to the prophet Muhammad as Mahound, a derogatory, Crusader-era term, and names various prostitutes after Muhammad’s wives.

Initial backlash included rioting, bombings, and book burnings. In 1989, the Ayatollah of Iran issued a fatwa against Rushdie and “all those involved in its publication,” resulting in the assassination of one of the book’s translators and attacks against others.

Although Rushdie was unharmed, he spent the next nine years living in undisclosed locations under police protection, reportedly even staying at Bono’s house in Dublin from time to time. You know you’re in trouble when Bono’s letting you hide out in his mansion.

12. Lady in Red

Who: Bret Easton Ellis

What: American Psycho

When: 1991

Why: Extremely graphic descriptions of torture, murder, mutilation, cannibalism, and more

How: Although American Psycho can be characterized as a satire of American machismo, odds are you’ll be too distracted by the detailed first-person accounts of a serial killer to really appreciate the underlying message.

After Simon and Schuster backed out of the project, Vintage Books got the publishing rights to the novel – as well as a lot of heat from feminist groups for its portrayal of violence against women. (To be fair, the narrator also kills a few men and a dog.) As with guns, spray paint, or huff-able glue, many stores require that you be 18 in order to purchase this novel.

13. On the Origin of Pieces

Who: James Frey

What: A Million Little Pieces

When: 2003

Why: Intentionally deceptive marketing

How: Famously dubbed “A Million Little Lies,” James Frey’s so-called memoir incurred a horrible retribution after it was revealed that many of the more scandalous events in the story never actually happened.

Particularly damning was the fact that Oprah, who’d previously featured the novel in her book club (and bolstered its sales by about n-teen percent), made it her personal mission to rip Frey and his publisher into a million little pieces on national television. The media carnage and book returns that followed taught Frey one of the most important facts of American life: don’t mess with Oprah.

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Posted on May 26, 2010 by Editor

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Where That Gristle In Your Egg McMuffin Comes From

from Yahoo! News

Police: Man sucked into sausage seasoning machine

DANVERS, Mass. (AP) – Police said a cleaning man was taken to a hospital after being sucked into a machine at a sausage-making company in Danvers. The accident happened Thursday night as the man was cleaning the vacuum-type machine that is used to season the meat at DiLigui Sausage Co. Police said the man’s head and shoulders became stuck in the machine after it somehow activated while being cleaned.

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Posted on May 26, 2010 by Editor

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Jake Abel to “I Am Number Four”

from MTV News

EXCLUSIVE: ‘I Am Number Four’ Gets ‘Percy Jackson’ Star Jake Abel

Posted 2 hrs ago by Adam Rosenberg in News

I Am Number Four” is an intriguing project for a number of reasons. It’s an adaptation of a a young adult novel co-written by James Frey, controversial author of “A Million Little Pieces.” Michael Bay and Steven Spielberg are producing it. On top of all that, the still-growing cast includes Alex Pettyfer, Timothy Olyphant, Teresa Palmer and Kevin Durand. Now MTV has learned that one more has joined the cast: “Percy Jackson” star Jake Abel.

The story follows nine aliens who survive the destruction of their homeworld at the hands of a rival race. The group flees to Earth, where they proceed to blend in among the human populace. Trouble starts when the enemy pursues the fugitive aliens to their hiding place. Pettyfer stars as the titular Number Four, who poses as a high school student. Abel confirmed to MTV that he’ll play one of Pettyfer’s social rivals.

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Posted on May 25, 2010 by Editor

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Gussied-up Fried Chicken Is A Beautiful Thing

from The LA Times

Fried chicken: A beautiful thing

Fried chicken
Gussied-up fried chicken made simple at home – Los Angeles Times/Glenn Koenig

Nothing beats the simplicity of a tender, moist piece of meat, delicately seasoned and lightly dredged with a dusting of flour, and then baptized in a pool of sizzling fat to crisp, golden perfection.

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Posted on May 25, 2010 by Editor

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Did He Bugger Or Did He Blow ‘Round The Redwood Tree?

from the San Jose Mercury News

Horse tied up, sexually assaulted in Felton

By Cathy Kelly

A Felton woman says her horse was sexually assaulted Monday evening in a pasture near Graham Hill and Mount Hermon roads, according to Santa Cruz County Animal Services.

The horse’s owner told Animal Services that she spotted a man on top of her horse. She said the man ran into the woods when he saw her coming, according to Lynn Miller, the agency’s interim manager.

“It’s very bizarre behavior and very alarming to have someone doing this and you wonder, where next and who next,” Miller said.

The California Penal Code outlines a specific, misdemeanor crime for sexually assaulting an animal, Miller said.

It is very rare that the agency gets reports of such crime, he said.

In Monday’s case, the horse’s owner said she could not initially find her horse when she went to the pasture and began calling out to her, Miller said.

The horse whinnied back and the woman followed the sound and then saw her in another area of the pasture, tied to a redwood tree, he said.

She saw the man pulling up his pants and yelled out and he took off into the woods.

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Posted on May 24, 2010 by Editor

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Billy Connolly’s ‘Colonoscopy’

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Overhead Budonkadonk From Venus

from Yahoo! News

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Refrigerator Magnet Fun in AJAX

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Mick Jagger, James Frey Sketch Endless Notebook for Riverkeeper

from Refinery 29

Mick Jagger, James Frey, And More Sketch For Charity

By: Kristian Laliberte



It’s not that probable that Mick Jagger, Hanuk Hanuk, and James Frey would all collaborate on the same project, but that’s exactly what happened with the launch of environmentally conscious creative shop DBA’s 98 Pen. On Friday, literati and gliterati came together to use the new writing instrument on the DBA’s Endless Notebook. A selection of sketches, short stories, poems and quotations from the likes of Terence Koh, Georgina Chapan, and Rogan Gregory (all curated by the Accompanied Literary Society’s Brooke Geahan) go up for auction tomorrow to benefit Riverkeeper, a charity committed to cleaning up and protecting the Hudson River. The pen, according to Leon Ransmeier, creative director of DBA, is “a daily object which represents a step in the revolution of how we think.” It’s a “beautiful product with an ecological message and integrity.” It’s fitting then that the project is entitled “Think Before You Write.” Check out the auction here to see how you can put your thinking cap on too. 

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Posted on May 20, 2010 by Editor

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We’ve learned that breaking wood over your head maybe isn’t as easy as originally thought.

Posted on May 19, 2010 by MJS

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The LA Times and David Ulin say, “Go away, James Frey. Nous vous détestons.”

from the LA Times


Jacket Copy


The unfortunate spread of James Frey

May 17, 2010

On Saturday, the French Consulate, with assistance from UCLA’s department of French and Francophone studies, presented a day of literature from France and Los Angeles. The events, which were either in English or in French with English translation, were nevertheless packed full of French expatriates — there are more than 30,000 in Los Angeles. The star of the show was onetime memoirist James Frey.


Other American authors who participated, such as Steve Erickson, acclaimed author of 10 books, and Richard Lange, a 2009 Guggenheim Fellow, are both published in France. But as French writer Jean Rolin noted, it’s Frey who has caught the attention of French readers, particularly teenagers. Moderator Olivier Barrot, a well-known French literary critic, introduced Frey’s most recent book, “Bright Shiny Morning,” as being like John Dos Passos’ work in ambition and scope.

This is hardly the reception the novel received in Los Angeles. “‘Bright Shiny Morning’ is an execrable novel,” wrote Times book editor David L. Ulin, “a literary train wreck without even the good grace to be entertaining.”

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Posted on May 18, 2010 by Editor

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No Prosthetic Noses, Please


Sharlto Copley Dismisses Rumors Over ‘I Am Number Four’

Sharlto Copley explains why he left I Am Number Four, dismissing rumors attributing his departure to creative differences about his character’s look.

Sharlto Copley Explains Why Timothy Olyphant Replaced Him in I Am Number Four

Earlier this week, we reported that Timothy Olyphant replaced Sharlto Copley in DJ Caruso’s teen sci-fi film I Am Number Four over creative differences related to his character’s look. According to an exclusive report from Film Drunk, Copley wanted his character to look more like an alien, complete with a prosthetic nose and Spock ears. In a recent interview with MTV however, Copley dismissed that report as a rumor, explaining that he left the film strictly because of his busy schedule.

In the MTV interview, Copley says that the scheduling conflict revolved around his publicity responsibilities for The A-Team and that, while the production team worked on ways to accomodate him, he felt it was damaging to the movie to remain involved.

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Posted on May 14, 2010 by Editor

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Facebook Is A Stupid Idiot

from That Guitar Man In Central Park

Posted on May 12, 2010 by Editor

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“The Noise Paintings” – John McWhinnie at Glenn Horowitz Bookseller



Bill Powers and Andy Spade

Kim Gordon‘s current exhibit “The Noise Paintings” at Upper East Side rare bookstore/gallery John McWhinnie at Glenn Horowitz Bookseller, features a series of small white canvases with the names of no-wave, grunge and noise bands written across them in running paint. Gordon told us the paintings, which went on display yesterday and are featured in Gordon’s new art book, Performing/Guzzling, were made with “acrylic paint, used to interfere. They’re very performative.” These works, which trumpet band names like “Talk Normal,” “Slow Listener,” and, a crowd favorite, “Afternoon Penis,” hung in the store’s small upstairs gallery surrounding attendees that included Gordon’s husband Thurston MooreChloe SevignyGang Gang Dance‘s Lizzi BougatsosTerry RichardsonOlivier ZahmJames FreyBill Powers, Andy Spade, (at whose Partners & Spade Moore will appear Sunday to lecture children 8-12 on white noise). A huge wooden case lined with cassette tapes towered in one room “those are Thurston’s” Gordon said, nodding to Moore who was talking to a group of wide-eyed men in the corner. 

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The Human Centipede

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Hint Fiction Winners Announced

from Robert Smartwood

And The Winners Are …

First, I want to thank everyone again for helping spread the word and participating in the contest. We had a great turnout this year, with just over 350 stories submitted, which isn’t too bad considering the contest was open for just two weeks. There were a lot of great entries and it was hard to pick a top 12, but pick I did and then those were sent to James Frey who picked three winners and two honorable mentions.


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Posted on May 10, 2010 by Editor

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Natty Dreadlocks freedom soon come, say The Screw

from AP via Yahoo! News

Rasta inmates spend 10 years in isolation for hair


JARRATT, Va. – Kendall Gibson would seem to be one of Virginia’s most dangerous prisoners.

Kendall Ray Gibson

For more than 10 years he has lived in segregation at the Greensville Correctional Center, spending at least 23 hours every day in a cell the size of a gas station bathroom. In a temporary home for the worst of the worst — inmates too violent or disruptive to live among the rest of society’s outcasts — he has been a permanent fixture.

He is there, he says, not for his crimes but for a crime he will not commit — a crime against God.

The only thing imposing about Gibson is his long black dreadlocks, resting on the front of his shoulders so they won’t drag the ground as he shuffles along in his orange jumpsuit.

It is his hair — winding locks he considers a measure of his Rastafarian faith — that makes him a threat, according to Virginia Department of Corrections Operating Procedure No. 864.1.

The rule took effect on Dec. 15, 1999. Inmates had two choices: cut their hair no longer than their collars and shave their beards, or be placed in administrative segregation.

In the beginning, Gibson was among as many as 40 inmates who opted for confinement over cutting. By 2003, when a handful of the inmates filed a federal lawsuit against the department over their detention, 23 remained in segregation.

The lawsuit failed. Some cracked under the pressure of constant isolation with no visits from loved ones, educational or religious programs or commissary. Some went home.

Today, it’s difficult to tell exactly how many remain in isolation. The Department of Corrections won’t volunteer the information, but has confirmed 10 names given to The Associated Press by a group of Rastafarian inmates.

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Posted on May 9, 2010 by Editor

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Robin Hood’s Kevin Durand To Play ‘I Am Number Four’ Nemesis

from Variety

Kevin Durand is ‘Number Four’ villain

‘Robin Hood’ thesp also in talks for ‘Real Steel’


Kevin Durand has landed the role of the villain in the D.J. Caruso helmed pic “I Am Number Four” and is in early negotiations to join Hugh Jackman in the pic “Real Steel”.

He joins a cast that includes “District 9” star Sharlto Copley and Alex Pettyfer.

Both productions are DreamWorks with Disney distributing.

“Number Four” is based on a novel by James Frey and Joby hughes and is about a group of aliens who escape to Earth after their planet was destroyed by another species only to realize they are now being hunted on Earth.

Alfred Gough and Miles Millar wrote the script

Michael Bay is also producing.

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Posted on May 8, 2010 by Editor

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Airport Employee’s Puny Penis Puts Him In The Pokey

from NBC Miami

Suspicious Package: TSA Worker Jailed After Junk Joke

MIA worker assaults colleague who made crack at genitalia after walk through machine


Miami-Dade Police

Perhaps the new airport body scanners are a bit too revealing.

A TSA worker in Miami was arrested for aggravated battery after police say he attacked a colleague who’d made fun of his small genitalia after he walked through one of the new high-tech security scanners during a recent training session.

Rolando Negrin, 44, was busted for assault after things got ugly at Miami International Airport between Negrin and some of his fellow Transportation Security Administration workers on Tuesday.

Sources say Negrin stepped into the machine during the training session and became embarrassed and angry when a supervisor started cracking jokes about his manhood, made visible by the new machine.

According to the police report, Negron confronted one of his co-workers in an employee parking lot, where he hit him with a police baton on the arm and back.

“[Negron] then told victim to kneel down and say ‘your sorry,'” the report reads. “Victim stated he was in fear and complied with [Negron].”

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Posted on May 7, 2010 by Editor

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Mickey Rourke’s Review of Iron Man 2

from The NY Daily News

‘Iron Man 2’ star Mickey Rourke says he has ‘no idea’ what the movie is about

Mickey Rourke admits he has 'no idea' what his new movie 'Iron Man 2' is actually about.

Rich Schultz

Best of the rest

Mickey Rourke has some explaining to do to his fellow “Iron Man 2” co-stars. “I have no idea what’s in the movie or what it’s about, to be honest with you,” Rourke says about his latest flick. “I read my character. I didn’t read a lot of the other stuff too clearly.” But Rourke is insisting that he’s spacing out on purpose. “I kind of don’t want to know what’s going on,” he says. Hmm…

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The Nashville Flood

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“a candle with the steam-grilled-on-a-bed-of-onions scent of America’s first fast-food hamburger”

from PR Newswire

White Castle Celebrates National Hamburger Month With the Launch of a Slyder(R)-Scented Candle

COLUMBUS, OhioApril 30 /PRNewswire/ — During the month of May, America’s first fast-food hamburger chain will pay homage to the hamburger with online promotions, the launch of a Slyder®-scented candle benefiting Autism, the recruitment of elected officials to work behind the grill and the delivery of “Sealed With A Crave” (S.W.A.C.) gift cases to its biggest celebrity fans.

To commemorate its 18th annual celebration of National Hamburger Month, White Castle has teamed up with Laura Slatkin, often called the “queen” of home fragrances, to introduce a candle with the steam-grilled-on-a-bed-of-onions scent of America’s first fast-food hamburger. Packaged in a ceramic holder that reproduces the signature cardboard sleeve of the White Castle Slyder®, the candles are available in select White Castle restaurants and on the website. Candles sell for $10 each, with net proceeds benefiting Autism Speaks.

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Too Weird For A Title

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Memoir Genre Alive And Still Kickin’, Despite “the legacy of James Frey still lingering”

from Fameology

Despite Little Chance of Commercial Success, Average People Still Want to Write Memoir

With the memoir boom of the 1990s over and the legacy of James Frey still lingering, why are memoir writing classes so popular?

By April Rueb

BookCourt, a charming bookstore in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn, is usually a calm oasis for browsing and relaxing. But on this warm Wednesday night in March, about 20 women and five men sit anxiously in folding chairs. Young and old, black and white, college-educated and not, these people are all here for the same reason: to learn how to write a memoir.

This night BookCourt is hosting a free memoir writing workshop with the Gotham Writers’ Workshop. Taught by Melissa Febos, 29, a teacher, writer and author of the just-released memoir, “Whip Smart,” the class is meant to be a quick introduction on memoir writing, a little taste of what the Gotham Writers’ Workshop offers for almost $400 in a 10-week program. Febos begins the class with an assignment: write your life story in five sentences, in five minutes.

She calls time and hands shoot up. Febos asks a young woman to share what she wrote. The girl tells the class that she was raised in the Chinatown ghetto of Boston, a bilingual nurse chose her English name and that despite leaving China, her parents return often to visit. Febos gives another assignment: write your life story in five completely different sentences. A young man with a thick New York accent says he was born in the Bronx, raised by an Irish mother and a drunken father. The class quickly turns into a competition, each person trying to outdo the last with his tales of hardship.

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Posted on May 3, 2010 by Editor

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Chinese Man’s Bowels Eaten By Voracious Eel Shoved Into His Rectum by “Friends”

from The Daily Caller

Man dies after having eel inserted in rectum during a prank gone awry

In what may be one of the most shocking stories of the year, a man in China died after having an eel inserted into his rectum. Doctors who treated the victim in the Sichuan Province, did not know how the man met his demise until they performed an autopsy and discovered an Asian swamp eel up his backside.

Reports indicate that the man, who has only been identified as a chef, apparently was a victim of a horrible prank. The chef, after a heavy night of drinking, passed out with some of his friends. Those friends thought that it would be funny to put the eel inside of the victim. The medical examiner determined that the cause of death was that the eel, which was fifty centimeters long, devoured the man’s bowels.

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Posted on May 3, 2010 by Editor

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“Scary,” muttered Winston beneath his thoughts.

from Media Bistro’s eBookNewser

Amazon Launches “Most Highlighted Passages of All Time” List

kindlebeta.pngDo you want to share your digital book underlines with the world? Amazon is testing a new program that will tabulate and rank underline passages like a scoreboard.

Amazon recently launched a ““Most Highlighted Passages of All Time”” feature that showcases the book passages underlined by Kindle readers–a 21st Century twist on literary quotation. So far, the list has been dominated by bestselling books: The Shack by William P. YoungOutliers by Malcolm Gladwell, andThe Lost Symbol by Dan Brown.

Here’s more about the program: “AmazonKindle also introduces a “Popular Highlights” feature that identifies the passages that are most highlighted by the millions of Kindle customers. We combine the highlights of all Kindle customers and identify the passages with the most highlights.

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Posted on May 1, 2010 by Editor

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