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Cosmopolitan Editor Dies at 90

Helen Gurley Brown, the woman who remade Cosmopolitan magazine in the early 1960s to peddle advice on sex and landing the perfect man to female readers, died at age 90 in Manhattan on Monday.

Posted on Aug 14, 2012 READ MORE


Dick Cheney
AP photo / Manuel Balce Ceneta

Cheney’s Satanic Verses

Dick Cheney, former vice president, defense secretary and White House chief of staff, has signed a reported $2 million deal with Simon & Schuster to publish his memoirs as a public official in four administrations. Bets are it’ll be a thriller marked with torture, stolen elections, war and, hopefully, no sex.

Posted on Jun 24, 2009 READ MORE


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AP Writer Razzed, Praised for Obama Speech Analysis

Was he tone-deaf or spot-on? Or, worse, did AP writer Charles Babington prepare his reaction to Barack Obama’s nomination acceptance speech not by listening to the address but by reading the transcript before Obama actually delivered it? And just who is this Charles Babington anyway?

Posted on Aug 29, 2008 READ MORE


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Ex-Publisher Accuses News Corp. of Protecting Giuliani

Judith Regan, the HarperCollins publisher who was fired after her O.J. Simpson book project fell apart, has accused an unnamed executive from Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. of telling her to lie to federal investigators in order to protect Rudy Giuliani.

Posted on Nov 13, 2007 READ MORE


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AP Photo/Gerald Herbert

Rumsfeld Cashing In With Iraq Memoir?

What’s a former secretary of defense to do now that he’s out of a job?  Well, the answer for Donald Rumsfeld is apparently to write a (controlled) memoir arguing in defense of his military maneuvers in Iraq—for a sweet chunk of change. 

Posted on Jun 27, 2007 READ MORE


Frey, Publisher Settle ‘Unprecedented’ Lawsuit

Readers who felt burned by the fabrications in James Frey’s “A Million Little Pieces” can claim refunds, an agreement called unprecedented by a leading publishing attorney.

Posted on Sep 7, 2006 READ MORE


Most Polls Show Wide Support for Iraq Troop Withdrawal

Next time you hear a conservative bloviating about how most of the country is united behind “staying the course” in Iraq, you can respond with the truth: Almost every major poll shows strong support for a troop pullout in Iraq, and most Americans declared long ago that the Iraq war was a mistake.

Posted on Jun 22, 2006 READ MORE


Otis Chandler, former publisher of the Los Angeles Times and chairman of Times Mirror
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Lifting Weights With Otis Chandler

The former publisher of the Los Angeles Times and chairman of Times Mirror, who died on Feb. 27, approached weightlifting with the same kind of passion that animated the other endeavors of his life.

Posted on Mar 6, 2006 READ MORE


James Frey

Frey Publisher Axes Book Deal

The Fabricating Fabulist loses out on a reported seven-figure deal with Riverhead Books because of the fallout from the scandal surrounding “A Million Little Pieces.”

Posted on Feb 24, 2006 READ MORE


Frey’s Note Both Accepts and Ducks Blame

The “Million Little Pieces” memoirist appears to apologize in an author’s note. But he still tries to push that “subjective truth” crap. Hey James, feelings are subjective; thoughts are subjective; calling a two-hour stay in jail “three months” is objectively BS.
story / Frey’s note or publisher’s note (both .pdf files)
Also, Warner Bros. may back out of the film version. | story

Posted on Feb 2, 2006 READ MORE


James Frey
Robert Caplin for The New York Times

Frey’s Rehab Chums Can’t Confirm Book Details

Two real-life characters from James Frey’s “A Million Little Pieces” can’t corroborate details about stories in his disputed memoir. | story
Hey, if you can’t trust a drug addict…

Posted on Jan 24, 2006 READ MORE


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