Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Tuesdays with Maury Povich

That's a pretty darn unappealing notion. Hopefully it won't completely cease traffic to this blog.

I have a new post up at M.J. Rose's Buzz, Balls & Hype.

Check out Pub Rants, where literary agent Kristin Nelson offers informative and funny tips from her years in the trenches. I finally met Kristin last week, she's incredibly funny, and when it comes time to (hopefully) negotiate our first deal, I don't know if I'll be able to keep from laughing. And hopefully she won't think I'm insulting her. Maybe I should just stop talking.

Now, based on a conversation I had recently with Sarah Weinman (yes, today is Name Drop Tuesday), I want to pose a question to the blogosphere. Do you currently, or have you ever read a book about the gossip, fashion, or entertainment industry? It can be fiction or non-fiction. If you have, please post a comment to that effect, along with what state or region you're calling (er, blogging) from and the book(s) you've read in those genres. Just a little poll here at The Man in Black, where we try to keep you on your toes.

I promise by revealing your state or region you won't get any extra Publishers Clearing House sweepstakes letters in the mail.

Oh, and you can comment on other topics too. In fact, I urge you to do so.


Blogger JT Ellison said...

Does THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA count? It might skew your results...
Region -- Possum Territory, Tennessee...

10:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh Devil Wears Prada def. counts. I've read a ton of books about the publishing industry (Bestseller by Olivia Goldsmith being one of the best fictions) I've also read all of William Goldman's non-fiction books about Hollywood, and Jerry Stahl's biography along with a bunch of others. Though I can't say I've ever read anything about the gossip industry.

10:32 AM  
Blogger Jason Pinter said...

I haven't read PRADA (and never will), nor any books about gossip or fashion, but I've read several novels about the publishing industry, specifically Arthur Reid's THE STORYTELLER and Kurt Wenzel's LIT LIFE.

10:44 AM  
Blogger Dave White said...

In terms of entertainment industry... I've read some sports books. I read half of THE PUNCH about Kermit Washington... I have a book about the UNC-Duke Rivalry, and I want to read the book on the 1996 Yankees...

11:11 AM  
Blogger Sara Hope said...

I've never commented here before, so here I go. For the fashion industry, I've read Fashionistas by Lynn Messina. For the entertainment industry, I read Bruce Campbell's autobiography If Chins Could Kill: Confessions of a B Movie Actor, and a book called Black, White, and In Color: Television and Black Civil Rights by Sasha Torres (which covered late 1950s through the 1990s, discussing both TV and a few films). I am Californian.

7:20 PM  
Blogger Jason Pinter said...

Woohoo! A fellow Bruce Campbell fan! I read CHINS as well, haven't made it to his novel yet, but Bruce is somebody I'd KILL to work with. Welcome to the blog!

Good. Bad. I'm the guy with the gun.

7:25 PM  
Blogger Kathryn said...

I tend to stay away from books about the gossip, fashion and entertainment industries. You get to much of that stuff thrust at you in real life anyway. For the record, I'm from Australia.

7:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm wincing at committing this to the blogosphere but here goes: Confessions of a Video Vixen by Karrine Steffans. It's about the entertainment biz, specifically music.

9:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

oops, almost forgot-NYC!

9:42 PM  
Blogger Stacia said...

I read and loved I'm With the Band by Pamela Des Barres (which I love love loved), and I've read a few Jackie Collins novels in my time, does that count?

Other than that, nothing. I tend to stay away from that stuff.

"I don't want to hear about/what the rich are doing...I don't want to go to where/where the rich are going..."

9:50 PM  
Blogger Stacia said...

Oh, and Make Love the Bruce Camprbell Way is on my lisu to buy. I met Bruce! Not that you care, Jason, but he's extremely handsome in person and very cool (okay, the cool part probably interests you, but I imagine the hotness doesn't).

9:52 PM  
Blogger M.J. said...

I read Devil. And Goldsmith's Bestseller. I also read You'll Never Eat Lunch in This Town Again about Hollywood. And Jerry Della Femina's book about advertising - From Those Wonderful Folks Who Brought You Pearl Harbor.I read Confessions of Catherine M. (I think that counts.) And a few Kitty Kelly biographies which I think are more gossip than real biography.

And I live in CT.

12:10 AM  
Blogger Watch 'n Wait said...

BESTSELLER, YOU'LL NEVER EAT LUNCH..., Robert Kirsh's book on criticism, numerous books on the art and craft of writing. Am currently reading CJ Hannah's WRITING FICTION. John Leggett's ROSS and TOM...about how having one's first book be a bestseller can be death to writing the second book. One on Maxwell Perkins' editing experiences, EDITOR OF GENIUS. Actually, more books than I can even begin to recall.
San Diego, CA

2:00 AM  
Blogger Amie Stuart said...

I wonder if December and I read the same Jackie Collins books =) Also Valley of the Dolls and most recently The Starter Wife. Weighing in from Texas.......

9:45 AM  
Blogger Susan Helene Gottfried said...

I howled through Prada, am a huge Pamela DesBarres fan, have Elsa Klensch's first novel on Mt. ToBeRead... and ya wonder why I live West of Mars?????

Rock-and-roll is my thing, so it all makes sense when you step back and look at it. Once you get past the music, it's all about the look, right?

Am I banned forever from your blog now?

12:57 PM  

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