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Posted on May 11, 2011 by Editor

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Duo Mogul Party Crash @ MOMA

from WWD EyeScoop

Kanye West and Jay-Z Crash MoMA’s Garden Party


One of the bigger sing-alongs of Kanye West’s performance at the Museum of Modern Art on Tuesday night came about 20 minutes into his hour-plus set. Dressed in light blue jeans, a gray hoodie and black skytops, West bent into the mic to sing the first four notes of his 2007 single, “Can’t Tell Me Nothing.”

Jay-Z and Kanye West

Jay-Z and Kanye West

Photo By Nicholas Hunt/

“Laaaaa. Laa. La-la,” several hundred party goers chanted right along, “Wait ‘til I get my money right!”

Among those who turned out for the party, sponsored this year by Cartier, were Henry Kravis and Marie-Josée Kravis, Larry Gagosian, Michael Douglas, Jerry Speyer and David Rockefeller. James Frey, standing near one of the garden’s pools, explained that a non-disclosure agreement would keep him from discussing his upcoming interview with Oprah. He talked art instead.

“At MoMA, my favorite [work] to see is the Pollocks,” the author said. “The ferocity of it and the recklessness of it, and the abandon of it and the beauty of it. I wish I could do with words what he did with paint.”

Would he be sticking around for Kanye?

“F–k yeah I am,” Frey said.

A few of Frey’s fellow attendees, including Leelee Sobieski and Richard Phillips, echoed the endorsement of West. As cocktail hour ended, and the garden began to clear, Mayor Michael Bloomberg was chatting among a circle of guests that included Jamie Dimon. On his way into dinner, the mayor talked up the museum.

“This is one of the great jewels in the cultural crown of New York,” he said, surveying his surroundings.
So would he be sticking around for Mr. West?

The mayor paused.

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Posted on May 11, 2011 by Editor

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Swiss Cannibal

from The Arizona Republic

Police: Would-be cannibal arrested after gunbattle

May. 11, 2011 04:25 PM Associated Press

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia — A would-be cannibal was arrested and in critical condition after being wounded in a gunbattle with officers during an undercover operation, officials said Wednesday. A policeman was also wounded.

The 43-year-old suspect used the Internet to search for a person who wanted to commit suicide and would agree to let him eat the body, police said. A Swiss citizen initially agreed but later changed his mind and informed authorities.

An undercover officer who pretended he was the would-be victim was used during Tuesday’s operation, police said. He arrived at the eastern town of Kysak to meet the suspect, who opened fire seven times, striking one officer who remains hospitalized in serious condition.

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Posted on May 11, 2011 by Editor

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AP: Oprah Winfrey plans 2-episode interview with James Frey

from AP via Austin 360


Winfrey plans 2-episode interview with James Frey


Published: 1:26 p.m. Tuesday, May 10, 2011 

WOMAN SITTING ON A COUCH by Pablo PicassoOprah Winfrey’s interview with author James Frey will stretch over two episodes during the final full week of her talk show.

The shows will air May 16 and 17, more than five years after Winfrey accused Frey on live television of lying in one of his books. During a short promotional clip on Tuesday’s episode of “The Oprah Winfrey Show” an announcer deemed it “the biggest controversy in Oprah show history.”

Winfrey chose Frey’s substance abuse story “A Million Little Pieces,” for her book club in September 2005, making it a million-seller.

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Posted on May 10, 2011 by Editor

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“The biggest-ever retrospective of street art and graffiti.”

from Red Bull USA 


by Caroline Ryder 

As crowds flock to LA for the biggest-ever retrospective of street art and graffiti, we showcase the artists most likely to follow in the footsteps of Banksy and Shepard Fairey.

The rise of the leading pop-art movement of our time has been somewhat improbable. From the clanging, dirty New York subways that were its first canvases to white-walled galleries in London, New York, or Tokyo, graffiti has entranced teenagers and art collectors alike. Now the movement’s birthplace is finally recognizing its most wide-reaching visual-art phenomenon with the first major museum exhibition to pay homage to the artists (or vandals, depending on your point of view) whose canvases are the urban streetscape.

“Art In The Streets”, which opened last month at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in Los Angeles, honors graffiti – and its hip young sibling, street art – with an exhibition spanning 30,000 square feet and featuring 50 artists, a number and size unprecedented in the movement’s history.

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Posted on May 9, 2011 by Editor

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Rodrigo Corral Lecture @ AIGA South Carolina – Thursday, May 12

from The Digitel Charleston

Designer Rodrigo Corral to give lecture hosted by AIGA South Carolina

By blueion, but enhanced by others

Join the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) for what is sure to be an inspiring time with talented designer Rodrigo Corral.


A graduate of the School of Visual Arts, Rodrigo has designed some memorable and fascinating book covers, including James Frey’s A Million Little Pieces; all the covers for author Chuck Palanuick (including his latest publication Tell All) and most recently, hip-hop artist Jay Z’s book Decoded.

Event Details
Thursday, May 12
5:30 p.m. Social | 6:30 p.m. Lecture
Blue Ion
301 B King Street
Charleston, SC

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Posted on May 9, 2011 by Editor

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Discussion of I AM NUMBER FOUR @ Hampton Library, May 12

from the Anderson Independent Mail

Book discussion at Hampton library May 12

 — The teen book discussion group will be reading “I am Number Four” by Pittacus Lore at 3:30 p.m. May 12 at Hampton Memorial Library, Easley. If you like extraterrestrial lore with action, suspense, and a bit of romance, then this book is for you.

The program is free and open to all teens. Refreshments will be provided.

For more information, call the library at (864) 850-7077 or email

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Posted on May 7, 2011 by Editor

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Oh Bondage Rest in Peace! – Poly Styrene Gone

from The Village Voice 

Poly Styrene, Lost & Found

Like many of her peers, she discovered the sound of being a grown woman

By Vivien Goldman

Janette Beckman

It was meant to be a delicious comeback for the transgressive girl whose defiant 1977 single, “Oh Bondage! Up Yours!” fired up Afro-Punk, riot grrrl, and every punk worth their peroxide. Instead, the return of Poly Styrene became one of pop’s most poignant ironies. Generation Indigo — a bubbly, cuddly, insightful record, her first in seven years—was released on the day her death was announced last week.

The loss of 53-year-old Poly Styrene six months after the death of 48-year-old Ari-Up, the dreadlocked singer-songwriter of the Slits, is a reminder: how few were those brave women who shattered all pre-existing models during U.K. punk’s first wave. This ragtag crew was the first self-determined generation of women musicians, and their influence is incalculable; today, their giddy progeny have stormed the malls with their camouflage, neon fishnets, and combat boots worn with gowns. And while their sounds may resonate differently, today’s alpha women—Lady GagaNicki MinajPink — still ride the whirlwind of independent female energy that shook mid-1970s London.

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Posted on May 5, 2011 by Editor

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Full Fathom Glu

from Social Games Observer

Cross Media: Glu Mobile Announces Partnership with Author James Frey

By Gary Merrett

Social Mobile games publisher Glu Mobile has announced a partnership with Full Fathom Five, the publishing company of best-selling author James Frey, for a transmedia collaboration. “We are thrilled to announce this groundbreaking partnership with James and Full Fathom Five,” said Niccolo de Masi, CEO of Glu. “Glu and James Frey have a shared vision for the future of mobile and transmedia digital entertainment…. Properties will begin as novels and games on smartphones and tablets, with potential expansions for the most successful creations into television and film.”

The first of its kind, Glu and Full Fathom Five will create transmedia content that fans can enjoy as both Social Mobile games and as novels. Full Fathom Five has already experienced success in transmedia collaboration with “I Am Number Four”, a #1 New York Times bestseller for 7 weeks, which was produced into a film by Dreamworks and Disney released earlier this year and grossed $128 million worldwide.  Mr. Frey has written three other #1 bestsellers and has 10 million books in print. His work is published in 39 languages. “I’m thrilled to be working with Glu, an incredible company that makes incredible games. Partnerships like this one are going to be a big part of the future of storytelling and gaming,” said Frey.

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Posted on May 4, 2011 by Editor

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The Rattling Wall

from Blogging Los Angeles

The Rattling Wall: New LA-based Literary Journal

May 3, 2011 at 11:34 am in BooksLA

I’m not one of those Angelinos who will claim that our literary culture rivals that of New York (sorry people, it just doesn’t–we can still love LA and concede secondary status on pizza and publishers). Nonetheless, we do have a pretty vibrant community of writers and readers. I’ve written about Chaparral and What Books Press here before, and I’m always happy to see news of a new journal or press.

On that note, The Rattling Wall is set to launch this month, and the inaugural issue looks delightful with offerings from Albert Reyes, Tony Hoagland, James Frey, and Neal Pollack, among others. They’re having a release party at the Hammer a week from tomorrow.

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Posted on May 3, 2011 by Editor

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