Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Busy Beatty and Scary Publishing Predictions

From Paul Levine...

WARREN BEATTY SHAGS 13,000 WOMEN: Okay, I exaggerate. According to Peter Biskind's book, "Star: How Warren Beatty Seduced America," the actor/director has bedded "12,775 women, give or take, a figure that does not include daytime quickies, drive-bys, casual gropings, stolen kisses and so on."

I'm not good at math (or multiple relationships), but a man would have to have sex with a different woman every day for 35 years to hit that number. And that, ladies and gentleman, would be problematic, even for the manly Mr. Beatty. Or, am I wrong, Jim Born?

I do recall Woody Allen's one-liner: "If I believed in reincarnation, I'd want to come back as Warren Beatty's fingertips."
MORE SCARY BOOK PUBLISHING PREDICTIONS: "Title count at the largest houses could drop by as much as fifty percent over the next five years." And how about this little nugget, related to success of vampire books? "Publishing houses will soon have entire departments devoted to developing books about the undead." Read it and weep in the Huffington Post's "Ten More Publishing Predictions"

READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL? If I drank a beer every time a Bud Lite commercial came on during the Bowl games, I'd look like Mark Mangino.

TOO MUCH FOOTBALL? You've overdosed on football when, after watching a four-hour game, you stick around to watch Sports Center so you can see the highlights of what you've just seen, and then when ESPN repeats the show, your ass is still planted in the Barcalounger. I'm talking to YOU, Jim Born.

WHO'S PLAYING? After seeing all their competing commercials, I thought the Fiesta Bowl was ATT vs. Verizon.

WHAT TO EAT WHILE WATCHING ALABAMA VS. TEXAS: Chocolate Bacon Peanut Bark. Here's Janet Rudolph's recipe.

My final thought for the holiday season: I'd drink egg nog year round if they sold it in the stores.

Paul Levine


  1. She covers all the options with the trend/countertrend thing, doesn't? Publishing will get shitty, but only for everybody not named Dan Brown or Stephanie Meyer. Editors will be more important; except for those who won't.

    Here's my prediction.

    Publishers will publish fewer books and pay less for the ones they do publish, which will eventually force a big name author to either create his/her own publishing company or self-publish digitally and make so much money doing it that they'll never need another publisher again. My bet is on a Stephen King experiment, although I could see it with someone SF-related.

  2. Bacon and chocolate? As it was scrolling up I thought it was a picture of earwax.


  3. I never got the Warren attraction. Sure, he's pretty but...

    I refuse to read any more bad news about publishing. I hold out hope for a better world for writers everywhere.

    Patty AKA Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm

  4. Great article! Well stated!!

  5. Paul, I'm still trying to figure out what the hell "anonymous" was saying yesterday.....

    I just hope it wasn't a chain letter.....I got one of those back in December of `99.......it said "If you don't forward this to 20 people in 10 minutes, the world would have a decade of bad luck, including but not limited to, terrorism, wall street crashes and the start of the decline and fall of the Forth Estate...."
    Sorry folks, I failed to forward it....oh well.

    Paul, perhaps this will help you when you are "Jones'n"" for some eggnog

    Go-Lo, are you officially changing your name to Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm [R o S F]?


  6. No, Jon, I love Go-Lo way too much for that.

  7. James O. Born1/05/2010 7:19 PM

    You are talking to me but I confessed that to you a few eeks ago. I love highlights of games I've already watched. That's weird, I know, but I cannot stop.

    I was actually at the gatorbowl, then watched it on my DVR then watched highlights.

    Those are some scary predictions.

    Jim B.

  8. Um those predictions? I'd take several of them with about a pound of salt.