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Sam Anderson Lands Book Deal for ‘Basketball Fairy Tale’

Book critic and New York Times Magazine critic at large Sam Anderson has inked a book deal with Random House’s Crown Publishing Group to expand upon his cover story for the magazine, “A Basketball Fairy Tale in Middle America.”

The book will focus on Oklahoma City’s recovery and its NBA basketball team. William Morris Endeavor agent Jay Mandel negotiated the deal with Crown senior editor Zachary Wagman.  The book expanding upon his cover story. You can follow Anderson on Twitter, where he shares his favorite sentence every day. Here’s more from the release:

Anderson will report on the amazing revitalization that has occurred over the course of the last 20 years, starting with Oklahoma City’s adoption of the MAPS program; he’ll show how the city’s colorful leaders—its mayor, police chief, and various business leaders—have built up an unassuming city into a thriving urban center, full of artists, musicians, and, of course, sports fans. Anderson will track the dramatic story of how a consortium of business leaders bought the NBA’s Seattle SuperSonics, brought it to Oklahoma City, and renamed the team the Thunder. The team—led by Sam Presti, its young GM as well as All-Stars Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook—has transformed itself from a group of scrappy underdogs into arguably the best team in basketball in less than five years.

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Thomas Pynchon, Your Humble Narrator?

pynchonvice.jpgLike couch potato conspiracy theorists stoked by GalleyCat, fans of novelist Thomas Pynchon spent the night analyzing a book trailer that may or may not have been narrated by the reclusive author.

New York magazine ruled: “this totally sounds like it might possibly be him, maybe.” Even the video producers themselves kept mum, offering this cryptic explanation: “The online trailer for the book was produced as a collaboration between your very own Meerkat Media, Penguin Books, and Thomas Pynchon, and may or may not feature a cameo voiceover by the reclusive author himself.”

Despite a bad year for book reviews, everybody came out to review this novel. Bookforum calls it: “a web spun by a spider on marijuana.” LA Times decides: “Raymond Chandler through a Jim Rockford looking glass, starring Cheech Marin.” Sam Anderson was blunt: “I hate Thomas Pynchon.” And finally, GalleyCat had plenty of exclusive coverage.

Five Reviewers Walk into a Bar…

31+YC498x+L._SL500_AA240_.jpgA New York Magazine blog took a stab at revitalizing the book review with a new feature this week, the Vulture Reading Room.

Led by New York book critic, Sam Anderson, the feature has five literary folks take shots at the same book. The inaugural feature ponders Charlotte Roche‘s scandalous novel “Wetlands,” which Anderson dubbed “the most obscene book club [book] in the long history of book clubbing.”

Here’s more from novelist Kate Christensen, one of the five reviewers: “I wanted to find it hilarious, transgressive, honest, and interesting, but I can barely force myself to go on reading it. I’m stuck on page 141. Not because I’m squeamish, which I am not in any way, but because it’s so searingly awful, as you’ve all already and very eloquently and hilariously pointed out: tawdry, pointless, boring, badly written … eccch.”