Boondocks Season 2 New Clips
I love Boondocks. When I originally checked the official website a few weeks ago, they said the season would air in November. Imagine my excitement upon hearing that it will air October 8th!!
Ok, so now the book news. Have you heard that publishers are now seeking the opinion of the voting public when deciding what to publish? The New York Times reports:
Joining the growing list of publishers that use public votes to decide what to publish, Penguin Group is teaming with Amazon.com and Hewlett Packard for the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award. From today through Nov. 5, contestants from 20 countries can submit unpublished manuscripts of English-language novels to Amazon, which will assign a small group of its top-rated online reviewers to evaluate 5,000-word excerpts and narrow the field to 1,000. The full manuscripts of those semifinalists will be submitted to Publishers Weekly, which will assign reviewers to each. Amazon will post the reviews, along with excerpts, online, where customers can make comments. Using those comments and the magazine’s reviews, Penguin will winnow the field to 100 finalists who will get two readings by Penguin editors. When a final 10 manuscripts are selected, a panel including Elizabeth Gilbert, the author of the current nonfiction paperback best seller “Eat, Pray, Love,” and John Freeman, the president of the National Book Critics Circle, will read and post comments on the novels at Amazon. Readers can then vote on the winner, who will receive a publishing contract and a $25,000 advance from Penguin. Separately, Borders Group, the bookstore chain, is teaming with Gather.com, the social networking site, and Court TV to solicit unpublished manuscripts from mystery or crime writers. A panel of judges that includes the writers Harlan Coben and Sandra Brown will crown the winner from a pool of finalists selected by voters on Gather.com. The winner will receive a $5,000 advance and will be published by Borders itself.
Clarence Thomas releases his new memoir tomorrow. In his own words “whoop-de-damn-do.” NPR writes:
The Supreme Court’s new term begins just as one of the justices tells his life story. In a new autobiography, called My Grandfather’s Son, Clarence Thomas unapologetically recounts the battle over his nomination in 1991. He writes that Anita Hill, a former employee that accused him of sexual harassment, was a mediocre worker who was used by his political opponents. Nationally televised hearings ended with Thomas’ confirmation by the Senate. When his side won, Thomas writes, his response was “whoop-de-damn-do.” (Listen on NPR…)
I remember writing a paper on Clarence Thomas as an undergrad. We’d just completed reading Uncle Tom’s Cabin and I decided to review (compare and contrast even) how the meaning of the word Uncle Tom has changed over the years. After blasting Thomas, I was proud to see that red ‘A’ on the bottom of my paper.
Happy reading, ya’ll!