Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Eric Maddox to appear on Weekend Today, December 13th

Just published by Harper to coincide with the fifth anniversary of the capture of Saddam Hussein, MISSION: BLACK LIST #1 is the untold, suspenseful story of how Saddam was found--the direct result of Maddox's interrogations, all done without the use of controversial or coercive techinques.

Monday, November 3, 2008

LA Times Op-Ed debates JUST HOW STUPID ARE?

...and concludes that the electorate as a whole may be wiser and more rational than any individual.

Rick Shenkman's JUST HOW STUPID ARE WE? featured in the Washington Post

Even on the eve of a historic election, we need to consider how we got here in the first place...

Erich Origen and Gan Golan's Introduce THE GOODNIGHT BUSH, A Post Dubya Cocktail


1 sugar cube
8 dashes bitters
2 twists of lemon

Place sugar cube in a chilled champagne flute, splash with 8 dashes bitters (one for each year), fill the glass with bubbly, and squeeze in two twists of lemon (one for each term). Drink, savoring the sweet finish. The sugar comes at the end.

Today we have unlocked the doors of power. Tomorrow we'll bust them wide open and march through en masse. Tonight, though, let's take the opportunity to celebrate. And have a drink.

* Best enjoyed with a well-thumbed copy of the book Goodnight Bush.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Davin Seay is the Collaborationist...

Short Stack on interviews Davin Seay about his work as a collaborator.

DJ DB Lists His Favorite Books about DJ Culture

What DB doesn't mention is his own book in development: a history of stickers tentatively titled STUCK UP PIECE OF CRAP!

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Dayle Haddon in the Congo on

Dayle Haddon describes her inspiring trip to the Congo in her role as a UNICEF Ambassador and campaign spokesperson for Raise Hope for Congo.

Since 1996, more than 200,000 women and girls have been raped and sexually assaulted in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, where rape is used as a weapon of war in the deadliest conflict since World War II. With violence and atrocities again on the rise, the Enough Project is kicking off a multi-year, multifaceted national campaign to protect and empower Congo´s women and girls. Read more about Raise Hope for Congo here.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

NY Times Book Review reviews BOMBAY ANNA by Susan Morgan

Other attention this title has received:

"Anyone who thinks that the British experience in India was a long succession of polo, tea on the lawn, brave officers leading the charge against howling native hordes and similar conceits will be riveted by Morgan's portrait of the gritty Anglo-Indian underclass from which Anna sprang."—The Gazette

"A fascinating, scholarly work."—Library Journal

"Probing biography of a woman who did a lot more than whistle a happy tune. . . . Morgan paints a satisfying, multifaceted portrait. Engrossing retelling of an extraordinary life, correcting many popular misconceptions."—Kirkus Reviews
"Anna Leonowens has been a historical puzzle. Susan Morgan establishes a solid ground for our understanding of this intriguing writer who became famous in our time thanks to a Broadway musical. Her life and contributions as a writer, a humanist, and a 19th century feminist were far richer beyond being the 'I' with the King."—Thongchai Winichakul, author of Siam Mapped: A History of the Geo-Body of a Nation

"With extraordinary detective work, Susan Morgan uncovers the real tale of a brilliant and dynamic traveler who cut ties to her past history and fabricated the story of her life that has found its way into legend. In lovely and graceful prose, she uses this story to help us understand patterns of national and international life."—Allan M. Winkler, author of Franklin D. Roosevelt and the Making of Modern America

"With sensitive writing and meticulous research, Bombay Anna offers the first comprehensive biography of Anna Leonowens, the 'I' in The King and I, which gave my father, Yul Brynner, his signature role. The details of her self-invention are only part of the revelation Susan Morgan provides; she also paints a masterful portrait of the Britain's Raj and its colonial hegemony in Southeast Asia. It is a fascinating read." —Prof. Rock Brynner, author of Yul: The Man Who Would Be King

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Upcoming "Spoon River" Exhibition by Christa Parravani

A solo-exhibition of new photographs by Christa Parravani will be shown at Sara Tecchia Roma New York in November. The body of work, Spoon River, is inspired by Edgar Lee Masters’ “Spoon River Anthology,” a collection of 244 poems told by the deceased residents of this fictional town describing the situations that led to their demise.

Parravani’s work is heavily influenced by Diane Arbus, who sought to uplift an often downtrodden and socially outcast troupe of characters through photography. Parravani’s work seeks a similar retribution as she is giving closure to each Spoon River denizen while investigating the psychology of death and trauma. Like Arbus, Parravani considers herself a straightforward pictorialist. She uses a 4x5 view camera and strongly avoids altering the works in any way. The photographs are taken near The MacDowell Colony in Peterborough, NH. Founded in 1907, it is the oldest artist colony in America and the two years that Parravani spent there ingrained in her a sense of natural proportions. Each image has an uncomfortable and uncanny quality, the visual language of which suggests an event beyond the borders of the photograph.

Each scene is carefully planned but photographed en plein air with the spontaneity and the attention to landscape and portraiture attributed to symbolist painters such as Jules Bastien-Lepage. In fact, the identity of each figure is accentuated by the presence of nature, either grand sweeping backdrops or claustrophobic close-ups of a forest interior. The landscape, behind each character, plays as important a role in the development of the photograph as does the back-story associated with each poem. To Parravani, the individual is a product of his or her environment, and thereby belongs, embossed for eternity, within it.

Monday, September 8, 2008

Goodnight Bush Still on Seven Bestseller Lists

New York Times #8 (8th week!), Booksense #2, Denver Post #2, La Times #4, Northern Californian Independent Booksellers #2, SF Chronicle #4.

See it on Wikiality.

Marilyn Monroe in Vanity Fair

In the 25th Anniversary issue read agency friend Sam Kashner's cover story about client Mark Anderson's experience photographing a treasure trove of over 586 unseen artifacts, the contents of two personal filing cabinets. Unlocking the 45-Year-Old Marilyn Monroe Mystery: What Her Private Papers Reveal about Her Life and Death. More of Anderson's masterful photographs may be viewed on the magazine site.

"The Home Team" by Peter Hessler in The New Yorker, Sept. 15th

Read Peter Hessler's Letter from Beijing in this week's New Yorker, which describes how the Chinese experienced the Olympics. Details include a handbook entitled "What To Do if There's a Terrorist Attack in a Karaoke Parlor," ticket-holding television spectators, freebies, a chess game, raincoat reasonings, the girl in the water at The Golden Million, and taking big events in stride.

Friday, August 15, 2008

Erich Origen and Gan Golan's GOODNIGHT BUSH rules the bestseller lists

GOODNIGHT BUSH remains on the New York Times bestseller list at #6, Booksense #3, Boston Globe #9, Denver Post #5, Los Angeles Times #6, Northern California Independent Booksellers Association #2, San Francisco Chronicle #5, and Washington Post #8. The authors will be at the Democratic National Convention along with a choir who will send the book set to music.

Monday, July 7, 2008

GOODNIGHT BUSH Hits the NY Times Bestseller List

GOODNIGHT BUSH has now gone into its third printing, and debuted on the New York Times list at #6 yesterday.

A great article from the June 16th Times about how the authors marketed their idea is here.

Saturday, June 28, 2008

John Stockman directs KID CANNABIS, based on Mark Binelli's Rolling Stone article

Stockwell wrote the script, and is producing with Nicole Rocklin, Ross Dinerstein and Bobby Schwartz. The Hollywood Reporter piece is here.

Author of JUST HOW STUPID ARE WE? Rick Shenkman on The Daily Show

The most important show on television spreads the word about Emmy award-winning investigative reporter and New York Times bestselling author Rick Shenkman's new book, just published by Basic Books.

Friday, June 27, 2008

GOODNIGHT BUSH Hits the Bestseller Lists

Erich Origen and Gan Golan's GOODNIGHT BUSH, published a few weeks ago by Little, Brown & Co., is now on four bestseller lists: #9 on Booksense; #4 on the Denver Post list; #6 on the Northern California Independent Booksellers Association list; and #7 on the San Francisco Chronicle list.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Author of BROTHER ONE CELL to appear on National Geographic's "Locked Up Abroad"

Cullen Thomas, author of BROTHER ONE CELL will appear on an episode of National Geographic called, "Locked Up Abroad" on Monday, June 30th at 9 P.M. The show chronicles Thomas' experiences in South Korea and Southeast Asia, including his introduction to drug smuggling, and his trial and eventual imprisonment in Seoul where he nearly loses his mind.