Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Book News, In Brief

Who says that no one reads self-published memoirs? A Cleveland nurse was fired last month because of hers. Adrienne Zurub's bosses claim that she violated the doctor/patient confidentiality agreement, but Zurub says that she only trash talked the doctors, not the patients.

Oh, what a tangled web they weave: Author A writes a dust jacket blurb for author B, who writes the blurb for Author C, who has already written a blurb for Author A. Click here for Foreign Policy Magazine's byzantine map of Washington D.C.'s worst 'I'll do for you, you do for me' pull quote whores.

From The Guardian UK: "The exiled Bangladeshi writer Taslima Nasrin, who is accused of insulting Islam, will be allowed to stay in India it emerged today – but only if she remains in a government flat in a secret location in Delhi, unable to receive visitors or step outside her door." Before we picket the Indian consulate, let's try and put this unfortunate situation into its proper historical perspective. Remember, this sort of shunning never lasts forever. Salman Rushdie had to go into hiding after publishing Satanic Verses, only to show up a couple of years later on-stage at a U2 concert, dating a woman a third his age. Oh, and Hollywood once demanded a similar thing of Corey Feldman, and he just finished shooting Lost Boys 2.