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Posts Tagged ‘Jon Krakauer’

Details Emerge About the Death of Freelance Writer Michael J. Ybarra

Reporter Alexander MacLean shares a resonant look in The Union Democrat newspaper at the recent, tragic death of Wall Street Journal extreme-sports stringer Michael J. Ybarra.

There are echos in the piece of another adventurous life laid out by Jon Krakauer in his book Into the Wild. According to Marissa Christman, a climber who met Ybarra last fall and ascended Mount Whitney with the 45-year-old UCLA-UC Berkeley grad just a few days before the fatal climb at Sawtooth Ridge, he had embraced nature’s path:

Ybarra, who was unmarried and didn’t have children, was living mostly out of his car at the time of his death, traveling from area to area and writing to pay the bills, Christman said. “He was this person who sort of did what we call ‘living the dream,’” she added.

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Sundance Iconoclasts: About as Daring as Mayo on Pastrami

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Sundance Channel and Grey Goose Vodka are foisting a new season of Iconoclasts on the world. We love these pairings, largely because they’re so easy to mock.

Robert Lloyd loves this because it’s pretentious worthy high-production value television, unlike everything else he’s forced to review.

Maureen Ryan likes the longer format of celebrity chit-chat.

Tonight, professional edgy guy Sean Penn chats with author Jon Krakauer about Penn’s movie based on Krakauer’s book. Synergy.

Alicia Keys and Ruby Dee are fine, if only because their names rhyme.

Mike Myers, who’s working on a movie about a self-help expert and Surprise! self-help expert Deepak Chopra.

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Norman Lear and Howard Schultz–moguls.

Wynton Marsalis meets Iron Chef John Besh — wanna bet they talk about what it means to miss New Orleans?

And since this series is all about “the world’s most fascinating and controversial minds”, who better than:

Madeleine Albright and Ashley Judd. What’s the connection? They both color their hair? They both photograph taller than than they really are? We can only hope this will be as embarrassing as the Renee Zellweger and Christiane Amanpour session last season.

The SNL version with Bjork and Charles Barkley is priceless, but NBC, the spoilsports, have pulled their content from YouTube.

Weinstein Books’ Thin Fall Catalog

weinstein_books_052107.jpgLast year, Harvey Weinstein‘s book division at Miramax scored a mini-coup with the Spy magazine anthology. We just received the renamed Weinstein Books debut fall catalog, and … well, let’s put it this way: When the cornerstone of your catalog is a Chris Elliott spoof of Jon Krakauer called Into Hot Air, you’re not exactly sitting on a Da Vinci Code.

The inaugural list, in fact, includes just five books: Elliott’s Into Hot Air, Vincent Lam‘s Bloodletting & Miracle Cures, Tangy Tart Hot & Sweet recipes from Padma Lakshmi (Bravo’s Top Chef), Adrienne KressAlex and the Ironic Gentleman (a sort of Lemony Snicket meets Alice In Wonderland) and Jack Stalwart, an adventure series for nine-year-olds.

But that didn’t stop Rob Weisbach, president and CEO of Weinstein Books, from issuing a dramatic mission statement:

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