That's fired HarperCollins publisher/editor Judith Regan with one of her saucy finds, "Runaway Bride" Jennifer Wilbanks. As you know, Regan headed her own house, itself an imprint of HarperCollins, which in turn is owned that that paragon of good taste, morals, freedom, and culture--Rupert Murdoch of News Corp and Fox and Fox News. Only a microcephly can't see where I'm headed with this... ;-)
The brouhaha is all over this silly-ass OJ book. And the OJ interview (which was to be on Fox). Oh and now she's anti-Semetic re: the book business hierachy and the conglomerates that own all of the major publishing houses. Please, please--the selfrighteousness is diarrhea-inducing when you look at the universe of what has and is passing for enterntainment, news, novels, memoirs, etc. in our brave new century. Lawd, folks!
Anyone with heart, soul and brains commenting on Arts & Entertainment blew a perfect opportunity to be Toto and pull the Wizard of Oz's curtain open, exposing the TV tabloid industry, the sad state of TV News, Murdoch himself, and pundits--and of course a publishing industry that is craven beyond all rationality. (That's before you get to retailing. Check out that issue in the post below, Brandon Massey's interview, Wall Street Journal).
If Hemingway had lived past 100, he'd surely have eaten that shotgun by 2006 once he viewed the literary landscape. Likewise if Zora hadn't gone nuts, she'd be on Thorazine after going 'round the bramblebush with agents and publishers these days! And no amount of detox could save F. Scott as he pondered the industry today over a couple of fifths of generic Scotch. Hunter S. Thompson, we miss you. Tom Wolfe, can ya write a book about writing books--you needn't fear biting the hand that feeds ya. Percival Everett did so brilliantly with Erasure , but, being black, the mainstream pop-lit machine was able to sideline him. "Literary Fiction" is the current epithet, I believe. Time to avenge the brotha. At least TV has Keith Olberman...
More to come, folks. In the meantime, Judith please bite those fingers. Now that you've loosed two of the badder Balrogs of the Arts & Entertaiment industry--the OJ thing and the "Jews running the world" bit--hell, gurl, you got nothing to lose!
Little digression at the end: Interesting how Mel Gibson's dad can deny the Holocaust and Mel can do his rant, then he goes and lights up every Euro-centric stereotype about the Maya (lord knows what he'd do to the Aztec--no they were indeed truly creepy when it came to the consecretion of human blood...hey, don't we do that at Communion? Anyways...). No major Jewish studio exec or insider seemed to get pissed but for one super agent and one person at Sony. I guess they don't care how this could confirm every ugly stereotype about them in some folks' eyes--particularly as they gnash their teeth over Judith Regan's outburst, or the utterance of a random dumbass rapper or crazy Black Muslim. The hypocrisy of real life would make such a bestseller, eh?