The Top Five Communique Articles of 2008

As reflected by the sheer number of people who clicked on the links and wrote in about the features:

1. Publisher Judith Regan fired over the OJ If I Did It book amidst accusations of pandering to tabloid controversy. Apparently no one had a problem with the Scott Peterson book though.

2. Apple's CEO Steve Jobs disses Amazon's Kindle as a flawed concept. Apparently God was wrong.

3. Bestselling author Ishmael Beah defends himself against allegations that parts of his memoir were fabricated. Beah remains utterly credible when compared to the fake memoir of Black ghetto life by a White woman who never ventured out of suburbia, and the false autobiography of a holocaust survivor's marathon journey to freedom across 3,000 miles of Nazi-occupied Europe (turns out she isn't even Jewish).

4. Entertainment Weekly releases its list of The One Hundred New Classics: The Best Reads from 1983 - 2008. Despite not being included in the list, ex-Beverly Hills 90210 star Tori Spelling's autobiography still hits #1 on the New York Times bestseller list.

5. The Berrett-Koehler Author Bill of Rights, emphasizing greater responsibility on both the author's and BK's part is released to the public under a Creative Commons license for all publishers to (hopefully) adopt. Various industry blogs pick up the document as a new model for collaboration.

Was your favorite story from 2008 one of the articles listed above? Was there one that should have been up there? Write it in below - it's what blogs are for!


Anonymous said...

Whatever happened to that Madonna story that insinuated that her brother was actually in cahoots with Madonna in writing his biography so that she gets back into the limelight? That's the sort of sneaky stuff no one can make up!

BK said...

Actually, a story that I now regret running was the one about John Edwards and his mistress. Everyone is fascinated by tabloid stuff (which is why tabloids are so recession-proof), but I should have had higher standards. It was a cheap shot at an easy target.

Anonymous said...

What a shame that the Rosenblats lied about their story. I wish Oprah would publicize only checked-out true stories from now on forward.

I read about a genuine Holocaust love story in the NY Times recently and it's better than the Rosenblats anyway. Stan Lee and Neal Adams the famous comic book artists were publicizing the story of Dina Gottliebova Babbitt. I checked and I'm surprised there's no book on this yet. It's a great story! It also appears to be all true, thankfully.

Dina Gottliebova Babbitt who was a 19 year old art student at Auschwitz. There she painted Snow White and the Seven Dwarves on the wall of the children's barracks to cheer them up. Dina's art became her salvation and helped her find true love!

Dr. Mengele, the Angel of Death, found out about the mural Dina painted and called for her. She thought she was going to be gassed, but she bravely stood up to Mengele and he decided to make her his portrait painter, saving herself and her mother from the gas chamber.

After the war, Dina interviewed for a job as an animator based on the art she did in Auschwitz and the person interviewing her turned out to be the man who created Snow White & the 7 Dwarfs for the movie. They fell in love and got married. Show White saved Dina's life twice! I love this story!