Nicholas Sparks’ worst attribute isn’t his writing
Not satisfied with becoming the most commercially successful of mawkish, paint-by-numbers romance novels, Nicholas Sparks also believes he’s the best. From a 2010 interview: “There’s a difference between drama and melodrama; evoking genuine emotion, or manipulating emotion. It’s a very fine eye-of-the-needle to thread. And it’s very rare that it works. That’s why I tend to…
Chapter 8: Bitch set me up!
Marion Barry is writing his autobiography. With foreword by Rick James.
No shame in this plug
I’d be jealous of my friend Andisheh, a published author with a favorable blurb from the Times, if he wasn’t such a good egg. AMERICAPEDIA Taking the Dumb Out of Freedom. By Jodi Lynn Anderson, Daniel Ehrenhaft and Andisheh Nouraee. Illustrated. 240 pp. Walker. Cloth, $24.99. Paper, $16.99. (Young adult; ages 12 and up) This…
My Harry Potter memories
Once I was sitting on a plane next to a woman reading one of the Harry Potter books. “Have you read [Harry Potter & the Troll’s Gall Bladder?] yet?” “No. I’m an adult.” That is all.
To books what O-Town was to music
You can’t write a political autobiography without “courage” or “lead” in the title. Pretty arrogant to call yourself courageous, don’t you think?