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Sometimes, Ya Just Gotta Write a Shitty Line

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We write poor lines because of rushed deadlines, screaming babies in the background, hangovers, and just general human fallibility.

Other times, we write poor lines because we have to, because even though they may sound off or awkward, they are, technically, accurate. Such is the case with this Scientific American article republished on Salon.com.
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Noted Author McGinniss Dies

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The New York Times is reporting that noted reporter and author Joe McGinniss has passed away at 71. McGinniss was the author of The Selling of the President and Fatal Vision.

Personally, I was originally introduced to McGinniss’ work because of the role he played in jumpstarting the career of Bret Easton Ellis.

Decades later, I also immensely enjoyed The Deliveryman by McGinniss’ son Joe Jr.

Sad loss. Our Slushpile thoughts go out to the family.

Women in Metal Book Published

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In my on-going quest to document all the tons of hard rock and heavy metal related books that are published these days, I thought I’d mention this new one.

Beyond just an attention-grabbing title, Not Just Tits in a Corset: Celebrating Women in Metal by Jill Hughes Kirtland examines Lita Ford, Doro Pesch, Roxy Petrucci and many other female headbangers in their struggle to perform in a male-dominated genre.

Lanza’s New Yorker Interview and Fictional Material

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I generally abhor the “ripped from the headlines” style of books and television shows. To the point that I’ve often wondered if the writers for those Law and Order shows get reduced rates since they’re not really creating things from whole cloth.

But here is a situation that could make for amazing fiction.
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We’re Back

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I’ve just imported all of the old data from Slushpile since 2005 – no mean feat – so it should all be here. I’d love to hear from you all about why you read Slushpile and what you’re looking for. I’m trying to make this a bit more lively at the very least. Please comment below!

Kickstarter-Backed Author Burns His Books

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Artist John Campbell, creator of the site Pictures For Sad Children, has started burning printed copies of his book after hitting $50,000 on Kickstarter yet finding himself still unable to ship the books.

He posted video of the burning on Kickstarter after receiving complaints from customers.
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Slushpile Needs Book Reviewers

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Thanks to the jubilee we’ve been given with the site, it would be great if we could start fresh with some new content and new writers. We can get you books. We need you to review them. Want to join us? Email john@biggs.cc with a few sample reviews and your specific reading/writing interests. We’d love to work with you.

Please Hold

During a move we lost some of the data for Slushpile. We’ll be updating the site and all the SP goodness you expect should keep coming. Bear with us in this time of great peril.

Learn the History of the Jump Shot

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These cultural history books can sometimes get a bit old. It seems like every conceivable gadget, trend, style, and food item has been written about. But every once in a while, a title comes along that catches my eye. So I was actually excited to see this bit of news in Publishers Marketplace:

Shawn Fury’s RISE & FIRE: A Biography of the Jump Shot, exploring the play that revolutionized basketball and provided the greatest moments in the sport’s history — from Michael Jordan’s legacy-defining jumpers to Ray Allen’s mastery — and is a technical, personal, historical and even spiritual examination of the shot, to Bob Miller at Flatiron Books, in a nice deal, by Louise Fury at The Bent Agency (World)

Looks like it could be a very cool, very interesting book.

Zane Facing Significant IRS Troubles

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According to the Washington Post, best-selling author Zane has “sold millions of steamy novels, has been chased by creditors, including the IRS and the state of Maryland, according to court records and staff officials.”

Kristina Laferne Roberts writes with the pseudonym of Zane.

She’s facing a $541,000 claim from the IRS and a tax lien on her $1 million home in Upper Marlboro. The Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot announded that the $341,000 the author owes the state makes her Marylands top individual tax cheat.