December 4, 2009
The Last Empress Madame Chiang Kai-shek and the Birth of Modern China Hannah Pakula Simon & Schuster: 792 pp., $35
October 6, 2010
The Conservative Assault on the Constitution Erwin Chemerinsky Simon & Schuster: 326 pp., $27
August 2, 2013 |
Joan Collins, the 80-year-old "Dynasty" star, reportedly asked to be removed from Shirley Jones' tell-all autobiography in a scene involving the offer of an orgy. Jones recently published "Shirley Jones: A Memoir. " In the book, the "Partridge Family" actress and Oscar-winner depicts a scene in which the young actresses and their then-husbands, Jack Cassidy and Anthony Newley, had dinner at Collins and Newley's Beverly Hills home in the late '60s. In the book, Jones writes that Collins, "who was wearing a low-cut something or other, seemed like an interesting woman.
November 12, 2013 |
Viral video sensation "The Fox" by Ylvis will be published as a picture book by Simon & Schuster. It will be available in time for Christmas. It may be the first children's book to come with "Based on the YouTube Sensation" emblazoned on its cover. "What Does the Fox Say?" has illustrations by Svein Nyhus; the text is from the lyrics by Ylvis, which does sound a lot like a children's book. "Dog goes woof / Cat goes meow.... What does the fox say?" What the fox says, of course, isn't like a children's book at all: "ding-ding-ding-geding-ding-ding," "wa-pa-pa-pa-pa-pa-pow," and so on (or something like that)
June 10, 2010
Della A Memoir of My Daughter Chuck Barris Simon & Schuster: 206 pp., $25
November 4, 2011 |
Toward the end of "The Rum Diary," the film based on the Hunter S. Thompson novel, there's a scene that appears to come straight from the author's vintage work. Two journalists are sitting around a derelict San Juan, Puerto Rico, apartment, having just ingested an unknown hallucinogen. Nothing happens until one of them — a Thompson stand-in named Paul Kemp, played by Johnny Depp — sees the other's tongue start to grow out of his mouth like some tubular pink snake. Depp humps and haws, his mannerisms not unlike those he used when playing Thompson in "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas," a portrayal modeled closely on Thompson himself.
April 25, 1989
Stephen P. Taylor has been named senior vice president-finance at Paramount Pictures Corp., Los Angeles. Taylor succeeds Andrew C. Evans, who is joining Simon & Schuster, also a Gulf & Western company. Taylor previously was vice president and corporate controller for Paramount.
October 8, 2010
In His Own Write and A Spaniard in the Works John Lennon, with introductions by Yoko Ono and Paul McCartney Simon & Schuster: 96 pp., $15
June 20, 2013 |
Literary tourists traveling to New York have long been drawn to the Algonquin Hotel , the site of the famed Algonquin Roundtable. Full disclosure: "Literary tourists" include me -- I've been there more than once to have a martini in its lounge. The Algonquin was where a group of writers, wits and key literary figures met starting in 1919 to eat, argue and, of course, drink. Dorothy Parker, the petite poet with an acid pen and a hollow leg, was one of its stalwarts. So was Robert Benchley, one of his generation's most popular humorists; Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Edna Ferber; writer, editor and producer George S. Kaufman, winner of two Pulitzers; New York Times drama critic Alexander Woollcott; and Harold Ross, who, midway through the Roundtable's eight-year run, founded the New Yorker magazine.