Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Yes, we've all seen the cover of Jared Paul Stern's "book," allegedly designed by The Only Book Designer People Know By Name, Chip Kidd. What's missing from these reports is the subtle fact that Mr. Stern has yet not written the book and has NO contract with a publisher that we know of. Bottom line, he's trying to drum up interest in his "eventual" book by promoting it with a snazzy cover. And just in case people are ready to jump on the still-parked bandwagon, let me enlighten you with sales figures for books by two other disgraced journalists who blamed everyone else for their startling screwups and ineptitude. Hopefully publishers will take these into account before offering him a dime (all figures taken directly from bookscan):

BURNING DOWN MY MASTER'S HOUSE
by Jayson Blair: 3,977 copies
THE FABULIST
by Stephen Glass: 4,183 copies

Not to mention the movie of SHATTERED GLASS.
Total box office: $2.2 million (i.e. less than 1/3 of what "Silent Hill" grossed its first day in release).

Hey Jared, your prospects aren't looking too good. Stern measures indeed.

2 Comments:

Blogger December Quinn said...

I haven't seen it, and Google isn't helping...is this the gossip guy?

4:04 AM  
Blogger Bryon Quertermous said...

Stephen Glass is a weiner, but I did like The Fabulist and thought Shattered Glass was a decent flick. Much better than Silent Hill for what that's worth.

12:05 PM  

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