One would presume that the Judith Regan story was as dead as the dodo, but not for Kimberly Maul, who, dredging for desperate controversy, reports that a temp claims Regan didn’t make the crazed anti-Semitic remarks on the phone. Right. Because we all know that temps are the most indispensable and highly regarded employees in the office. And we all know that this temp followed Regan everywhere during her one week of employment. Come on, Ms. Maul, it ain’t that slow a news day.
Jerome Weeks responds to recent arts coverage changes at the Dallas Morning News, observing, “The problem for newspaper arts coverage has little to do with editors’ fears of cultural ignorance or what readers want. The problem has to do with the fact that local arts (and book publishing) do not generate much ad revenue. That might explain why the only critic that the DaMN is currently replacing with someone actually in town is — the restaurant critic. Restaurants provide ad revenue.” I’m not sure if I entirely buy this. Are we to assume that arts coverage readers don’t eat or purchase products aside from books?
50 Cent has set himself a new goal: “the top of the literary world.” So does this mean that we’ll see an alliance between Nas, Jadakiss and Norman Mailer? We haven’t seen a literary feud for a while and I suspect that 50 might be just the man to get one going again, gangsta style.