oops • Little Brown has decided to withdraw How Opal Mehta Got Kissed, Got Wild, and Got a Life, who knows? copies may actually be worth something NOW.

books without authors • I reprinted an article about Allow Entertainment from New York Times (no login necessary) Alloy owns or shares the copyright with the authors and then divides the advances and any royalties with them. This Sunday, books created by Alloy will be ranked at Nos. 1, 5 and 9 on The New York Times’s children’s paperback best-seller list.”

I know I’m kinda obsessed about this train wreck of a news item, but I think that the absurdity of it all is priceless. These prepackaged books designed for mass consumption are swallowing up bookstore shelf space better spent on books that have a glimmer of originality in them. The fact that this cookie cutter assembly line has produced this situation is hysterical if saddening.

tru tales • While researching Truman Capote’s 1966 Black and White Ball, Party of the Century author Deborah Davis uncovered anecdotes about Capote’s sojourns in Palm Beach.

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