Musharraf scores big sales
Musharraf's importance in that region of the world notwithstanding, it's still rare that a memoir outsells major works of fiction like both of those books...
The study found that three out of four evaluations of Democratic candidates' chances of winning — such as sound bites — were positive, compared with one out of eight for Republicans. Coverage has been dominated by two major themes: the effects of the Foley scandal, and the impact the Bush presidency is having on the party's congressional candidates.
This is the fourth consecutive semi-annual report to register a severe drop in daily circulation and -- perhaps more troubling to the industry -- Sunday copies. While the estimated decline 2.8% for daily circulation for all reporting papers may seem negligible, consider that in years past that decrease averaged around 1%. Sunday, considered the industry's bread-and-butter, showed even steeper losses, with a decline of about 3.4%.
Big cities like L.A., Miami, and Boston are feeling the effects of the Internet and the trimming of other-paid circulation....
A quarter century after the Reagan revolution and a dozen
years after Republicans vaulted into control of Congress, a new CNN poll finds
most Americans still agree with the bedrock conservative premise that, as the
Gipper put it, "government is not the answer to our problems -- government is
Queried about their views on the role of government, 54
percent of the 1,013 adults polled said they thought it was trying to do too
many things that should be left to individuals and businesses. Only 37 percent
said they thought the government should do more to solve the country's
The book, which has enjoyed a generally good critical reception, concerns a seventeen-year-old virgin and her quest to have sex; it is deliberately reminiscent of the work of one particularly revered young-adult novelist. [Aury] Wallington [the author of Pop!] tells Crispin that she "wanted to write a book that would serve a new generation of girls the way Judy Blume's Forever served me—answering questions that I was too embarrassed to ask anyone, and showing the emotional issues of sex and virginity through a character I could identify with." Wallington believes the young-adult section is in need of books like hers, precisely because it doesn't oversimplify teenage sexuality.
The German author Henryk M. Broder recently told the Dutch newspaper De Volkskrant (12 October) that young Europeans who love freedom, better emigrate. Europe as we know it will no longer exist 20 years from now. Whilst sitting on a terrace in Berlin, Broder pointed to the other customers and the passers-by and said melancholically: “We are watching the world of yesterday.”
When Western leaders and opinion-makers pontificate on Islam, they invariably engage in a futile effort to force Islam into their own conceptual categories. But Islam is neither a nation, nor a party, nor a religion in the conventional sense. Islam is rather a tribe whose members share spiritual, social and political ties that transcend conventional political boundaries... We are at war with an alien power with no regard for Western principles; an enemy that seeks nothing less than our submission or destruction.
Many journalists complain that publishers also use embargoes to manipulate the press in more devious ways. Almost every critic interviewed for this article had a story about either getting around an embargo with a publicist's consent or being barred by a publisher's non-disclosure agreement from sharing a book with their publication's newsroom.Authors and their agents, however, seem to blame the media:
"The irony is that it's journalists who are encouraging the embargos," says literary agent Chris Calhoun, who represents Pakistan's Musharraf. According to [Bob] Woodward, that's nothing new. "If The Post has a scoop, they put it out in the newspaper," he says. "That's embargoed, effectively. Maybe it's ready on a Monday, and they wait to run it on a Thursday."
He had State of Denial embargoed, he says, to ensure that the book's contents were presented "coherently."
Sure, that's the real reason Woodward had the book embargoed. And this guy thinks Bush is in a state of denial?
The bottom line on embargoes is that big publishers, famous authors, and the major media all see the benefit of playing a game of trying to turns books into a quasi-news story by restricting their availability. It's only retailers who frequently do not go along because their incentive is to get inventory out on store shelves, which is exactly what simple game theory would predict.
The entire practice of embargoes is odd -- and virtually non-enforcable unless you're a publishing conglomerate. But it's not likely to go away as long it provides media outlets with the opportunity to manufacture news about themselves.
Among other issues raised in the summit was the question of whether or not veiled women should be allowed to read the news. The BBC’s diversity editor said that since news anchors were allowed to wear crosses, any news anchor should be permitted to wear anything they wished, including the veil. [emphasis added]
(Image source: Neal Boortz.)
Journalist Ignacio Ramonet conducted a series of interviews for the book with Castro, who worked with him on the text which is told in Castro's words. Editor Will Goodlad at Allen Lane said: "Ramonet managed to do what everyone has tried to do before: get Fidel to sit down and talk through his whole life story."
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Speaking of YouTube... Ted Turner now says he's not sure which side he supports in the War on Terror. Watch this video by clicking below. (It will play directly in your browser.)
It's sad that Turner and other liberals like him have had their minds so clouded by moral relativism. There are plenty of bones to pick with liberals from half a century ago, people like FDR, Truman, and even LBJ. But at least all of these pre-60s liberals would likely be able to tell the difference between the Islamofascists who killed 3,000 Americans on 9-11 and the country that liberated 50 million people under totalitarian rule in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Still, he gives an acute picture of Williamson’s tragic life and convincingly shows the abuse of the system in America’s heartland: coerced confessions; dubious testimony by prison
snitches; forensics analysts who suspiciously change their evaluation of evidence to favor the prosecution... (emphasis added)
Evidently flyover country has a legal system that makes Club Gitmo look like a, well, club. But that's not all the reviewer finds redeeming, as the final paragraph of the review makes clear:
Despite its artistic shortcomings, the power of Grisham’s story, along with the author’s ability to reach a huge audience, could serve to focus public attention on the death penalty and the flaws in our justice system. (emphasis added)
YouTube cofounders Chad Hurley, 29, left, and Steven Chen, 27, pose for a photo with their laptops at their office loft in a San Mateo, Calif. file photo from March 29, 2006. (Copyright 2006 Associated Press)
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