Wednesday, May 30, 2007

How Low Can Book Publishing Industry Go?
We Think We've Found It--For Now, at Least

So you thought that the sacking of lowbrow book publishing "high" priestess Judith Regan by Rupert Murdoch's Harper Collins signaled a turn toward good taste by the American book publishing industry? Think again. Word comes from the latest issue of Publisher's Lunch, an authoritative industry e-newsletter, that the lowest of lowbrow ideas has just landed a book deal: "Jay Louis's HOT CHICKS WITH DOUCHEBAGS: Deconstructing the Unholy Wrongness of Hottie/Douchey Coupling and How to Recover from the Douchebag Plague, based on the website HotChickswithDouchebags.com, to Jeremie Ruby-Strauss at Simon Spotlight Entertainment." As the cretin behind this website (and a budding author, no less!) charmingly puts it: "This site is all about poking fun at scuzzbuckets and the women who love them." Well, that's about the only part of his self-description we can quote here. As for his cynical publishers, here's hoping they lose buckets of money on this one.

9 Comments:

At 12:02 PM, Blogger Jill said...

I just hope they feature Joey Buttofuco and Amy Fisher - I thought I heard while I was surfing during treadmill time that he dumped his wife and will do a reality show with Amy????

 
At 12:09 PM, Blogger John Ettorre said...

I seemed to have missed that bit of urgent news (it would actually be funny to witness such a show) amid all the other dispatches about Anna Nicole's baby and the winner of American Idol. How dreary all this schlock stuff can be. Per my comment of this morning on your blog, I'd much rather read about AIPAC's latest efforts on behalf of the furthest right-wing elements in America and Israel.

 
At 1:35 PM, Anonymous MilesB said...

"As for his cynical publishers, here's hoping they lose buckets of money on this one."

Was it Mencken who said nobody every went broke underestimating the intelligence (or appetite for dirt?) of the American public?

 
At 2:29 PM, Blogger John Ettorre said...

Mencken was about a century ahead of his time on most things, wasn't he? But I shudder to think about how he might react to today's idiot culture, which seems to know no boundaries.

 
At 5:43 PM, Anonymous Mädchen said...

Hmmmm. I'm a bit mystified by the enervation this publishing effort conferred on your being. Also, I'm embarassed to admit that for a split-hair there, I took the title quite literally, and was at once mortified and intrigued. Reminds me of some websites I've stumbled across... Of course, now that I see it's something much less fringe, and quite harmless, I find the whole venture amusing. I can assure you---this is a book I would pick up. I might shower midway through the first chapter (assuming that's the accurate word for that first collection of sentences), but I would find it hard to resist a cursory read. Ironic too, isn't it, that your revulsion and reaction is providing, albeit on a small scale, exactly the kind of pre-release buzz that publishers long for?

 
At 6:44 PM, Blogger John Ettorre said...

You make an excellent point, Madchen, about the pre-pub buzz. And yes, I should have noted that, despite my visceral dislike for--recoiling from, even--this subject, it was indeed listed under the humor section in the newsletter announcement. I'm quite sure you won't be alone in finding it amusing once it's out. We'll just have to agree to disagree about this one.

 
At 9:21 AM, Anonymous Mädchen said...

I'm not sure what we're disagreeing about. Anyway, I would take 10 million copies of Hot Chicks with Douchebags over just one website like this:
www.doublemintedwedding.com. Part of a "trend," apparently. Now I need more than just a shower. I need some drugs. (For more, see: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB118057207757919398.html?mod=hps_us_pageone)

 
At 9:26 AM, Anonymous Mädchen said...

Oh me. Misstyped the url. It is:

www.doublemintwedding.com

Avoid it...

 
At 9:41 AM, Blogger John Ettorre said...

Okay, the wedding site's kind of goofy (not at all creepy, though), but then some folks are just more gushy than others. And of course women would be FAR more likely to appreciate that site than men (at least the men I know and hang with). As for what we're disagreeing on, I was referring to the fact that I choose to be turned off by that D-bag site rather than finding it funny. But then, we all have our own sense of humor, and differences are obviously allowed among friends, and WWW readers.

 

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