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VICE Chats with an Atypical Crack Reporter

RubenCastenedaCoverWe thoroughly enjoyed this week’s interview by VICE staff writer Matt Taylor with Ruben Castaneda, the Washington Post alum who once upon a time covered the crack beat while also, himself, regularly getting high on crack.

Castaneda’s book about this incredible and dangerous odyssey, Street Rising, was published at the beginning of the month. Here’s what Castaneda, who before the Post was with the Los Angeles Herald Examiner, he told Taylor when asked about the first time he tried the addictive drug:

“I was on a reporting assignment on the western edge of downtown LA in a pretty tough neighborhood. This very, very attractive young woman caught my eye. She gestured for me to come over, so I put the reporting aside for a moment and went over to flirt with her. Now, I was already, at this time, drinking heavily. In fact, I had already gotten pretty toasted that afternoon at Corky’s — a dive bar — so I was pretty impaired in judgment.”

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A New York Journalist Fit for Two Romance Novels

SeamsCoverThe first romance novel, Seams, was published by Lori Bell through Amazon’s CreateSpace in March. From the plot description:

Kelsey Duncan has settled into a life in New York City as a newspaper reporter. As a journalist, she thrives on telling other people’s stories. But it is her story, her life as a woman in her late twenties, that she sometimes wishes she could rewrite. Or at least rejuvenate with passion and excitement and fulfillment…

The sequel tome, Unraveled, came out in May. Per a write-up in the Belleville News-Democrat, Bell is a Midwestern stay-at-home mom of two children who, previously, was a newspaper reporter through 2005 after graduating with a journalism degree from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville:

“I gave up what I thought I would do for a career,” she said. “I didn’t regret it, but there was a hole there. As a writer, I think you need to keep feeding that passion.”

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Graham Norton’s Summer: Broadway Musicals and a Second Autobiography

On break from his fantastic weekly BBC-TV talk show and equally fantastic Saturday morning BBC Radio program, Graham Norton is this summer whiling it away in New York City. This past weekend for example, there was time for a couple of top-notch Broadway shows:

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Ha ha. Prior to that “glitter snog,” per an item by Fiona Gribben in Ireland’s Evening Herald, Norton put the finishing touches on autobiography #2. Slated for release in October, his new book is delightfully titled The Life and Loves of a He Devil:

This time round the Cork native is writing on the theme of love, telling stories of his Irish childhood and all the things he loved about home as a young boy, as well as the new loves and obsessions of his life.

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Bill O’Reilly is King of the Audiobook World

KillingPattonCoverYesterday, Bill O’Reilly stepped into a New York recording studio to start putting together the audiobook for his forthcoming fourth historical-figure-death series. Killing Patton recounts the final days and mysterious December 21, 1945 passing of General George S. Patton.

If the past three years are any indication, O’Reilly will soon be celebrating another remarkable milestone related to this robust sideline career. From a report by tvgrapevine.com:

The unabridged audiobook will be published on September 23, 2014, simultaneously with the print edition of the hardcover book, joining Killing Lincoln, the top selling audiobook in the world in 2011, Killing Kennedy, the top selling audiobook in the world in 2012, and Killing Jesus, the top selling audiobook in the world in 2013.

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A Journalism Career That Started in the Toilet

TheParisHeraldCoverThose were the days… After getting out of the Army in 1960 and setting his sights on journalism, James Oliver Goldsborough enrolled in law school at UC Berkeley.

Then, per a write-up today in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette by Marylynne Pitz, this happened:

An Army buddy called from Daly City, just south of San Francisco, with great news. “We’‍ve just fired the assistant managing editor for drinking in the toilet. Would you like to try out?” his friend asked.

After a six-month stint in Daly City, Goldsborough moved to the San Francisco Examiner, where he was a cub reporter.

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NFL Game-Fixing Chronicle Among NYU Prof’s Resurrected Books

ForbiddenBookshelfLogoFive eBooks were chosen to kick off “Forbidden Bookshelf,” a new, ongoing series curated for Open Road Integrated Media by Mark Crispin Miller, a professor of media studies at NYU.

The idea to highlight squelched and lapsed tomes grew out of Miller’s frustration at being unable to find certain titles for assigned course work. Speaking with blogger Kevin Gosztola, Miller has highlighted the five launch titles, which include Dan E. Moldea‘s Interference:

As Moldea summarized on Keith Olbermann’s sports program on ESPN, his book came out in 1989. He alleged that no fewer than 70 NFL games had been fixed, no fewer than 26 past and present NFL team owners had documented ties to illegal gambling or an organized crime syndicate and no fewer than 50 investigations had been killed as a result of a “sweetheart relationship.”

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Author Credits FishbowlNY for Asian Publishing Deal

On the Internet, you just never know who might be reading.

RandyJerniganPic2Case in point: our June 24 post “Busy Author Circles Marie Osmond, Daniel Radcliffe and Ellen DeGeneres.” In the two weeks since publication, something exciting and wholly unexpected has transpired for Utah-based writer Randy Jernigan. Per some text provided by Jernigan’s U.S. publishing company rep:

On Monday July 7, contractual agreements were signed between Jernigan, Creative Partners Publishing and a newly formed Japanese publishing firm, Bunkyo-Ku Ltd. of Tokyo.

This agreement gives the Asian company co-publishing and distribution rights for the Asian market to Jernigan’s The Life and Career of Daniel Radcliffe and all succeeding books in the “fan book” series.

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Busy Author Circles Marie Osmond, Daniel Radcliffe and Ellen DeGeneres

RandyJerniganPicHere’s what Utah-based writer Randy Jernigan has lined up for 2014-15. Biographies of Marie Osmond and the British Royals, and the first two installments of a new fan book series covering Daniel Radcliffe and Ellen DeGeneres.

All on the heels of Losing to Win!, his fall 2013 account of shedding 158 pounds and beating a perilous case of diabetes/hypertension. And The Road to Happiness, a spring 2014 self-help sliver.

Jernigan is a veteran entertainment journalist who has contributed over the years to national magazines, newspapers and TV programs. From today’s announcement:

“I’ve always been an admirer of Ellen’s work – not just as a talk show host and comedian, but as a person too,” says Jernigan. “Ellen does a lot of wonderful things for people – on the show as well as in her personal life – that most people never hear about. She’s an inspiration to a lot of people out there and I’m excited to be including her in this fan book series.”

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Brooklyn Novelist Makes the Most of Stephen King Mix-Up

You’re going to be reading a lot more in the coming days about Emily Schultz, a Canadian author now based in Brooklyn. In the wake of her 2005 novel Joyland being mistaken and purchased last year by many thinking it was a 2013 Stephen King tome of the same name, she decided to do something creative with the resulting monies. She launched a Tumblr that itemizes how she is spending the mix-up bounty.

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Her latest King-cuckolded purchases are some IKEA items and a haircut for (we assume) boyfriend Brian. From a blog post by Vancouver Province contributor (and Schultz’s former colleague at Harlequin Books in Toronto) Peter Darbyshire:

Schultz says she hasn’t heard from King, although he’s welcome to comment. “If anything though, I hope my blog would make him laugh,” she says.

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Michael Hastings Gets Some Posthumous Love from Fox News Journo

TheLastMagazineCoverFrom the latest wave of reviews for Michael Hastings‘ posthumous novel The Last Magazine, out today, one jumps out. A rave in the Washington Post by Fox News chief D.C. correspondent James Rosen:

The [titular] magazine, you’ll not be surprised to learn, is a mid-Manhattan snake pit of literary ambition and fame-lust, where the international editor, an Indian intellectual-cum-socialite, vies with the managing editor, a bow-tied Southern historian, for the throne of editor-in-chief. The publisher has played up the parlor-game angle, and yes, some fun is to be had identifying Media Luminaries skewered here via roman à clef (Fareed Zakaria, Nick Denton, Lally Weymouth, et al.)…

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