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.
Petra Nemcova, James Frey Remake Iconic Maxell’s Commercial
Cassette 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…
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.
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.
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.
“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.”
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.”
“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.
“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…
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.
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.
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.
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).
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?”
Richard Prince Covers Jackson Pollock at Guild Hall
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?”