Monday, April 25, 2005

Reading, Writing, and All That Jazz

What would you do if you wrote a book that was well received – but then two good friends wrote one that was an international bestseller?

They appear on Oprah three times, while all you get is an appearance on Leeza Gibbons – not even on TV, but on her radio show.

If you are former Sex and the City writer Cindy Chupack, author of The Between Boyfriends Book: A Collection of Hopeful Essays, you write about it for the New York Times Book Review. You don’t exactly slam your friends, the authors of He’s Not That Into You, but you point out – politely – the virtues of your predicament.”

“I used to be known as the writer from “Sex in the City,” who wrote a book," writes Chupack. "Until two other writers from “Sex in the City” wrote a book “He’s Just Not That Into Your,” and then I became known as someone who actually knows the people who wrote “He’s Just Not That Into You.”

Read the hilarious piece here.

The Happy Booker reports today that Oprah is hinting she may choose contemporary fiction for her next book club. The Happy Booker, aka Wendi Kaufman, is one of the 150+ writers who sent an open letter to Oprah last week asking her to reinstate her literary fiction book club.

I have subscribed to the New Yorker for years. It makes very nice piles around my house. Apparently, I am not the only one who regards the weekly as decoration. (via Bookslut)

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