Author Michael Crichton Robbed at Gunpoint

\"Author Michael Crichton was robbed at gunpoint and tied up by two men who ransacked his home, but he wasn\'t harmed, his publicist told a newspaper. The author of Jurassic Park and Timeline and creator of the television series ER was robbed shortly before 5 a.m. on Sept. 23.
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Cuba to open Hemingway\'s last frontier

Aaron Tunn sent over a story for those with a love for the works of Ernest Hemingway. Reports The Cuban Government has agreed to allow access to a trove of Ernest Hemingway\'s papers that experts say promises to illuminate the period in which he wrote some of his most significant works.

Editor Fires Author, Ann Coulter

Ann Coulter has been fired by the Executive Editor of the Centre Daily Times. In a letter to her, he states that the paper will no longer publish her Op-ed column because she \"is a hater or a hypocrite.\"

\"Dear Ann Coulter: You\'re fired. It\'s not that extreme viewpoints are unwelcome on the opinion pages of the Centre Daily Times. All political viewpoints, from Cal Thomas on the right to Molly Ivins on the left, are welcome here. But, we don\'t welcome haters, Ann, and that\'s what you are.
Well, you are either a hater or a hypocrite who calls names and spews enmity because you believe it will get your pretty face on television more or sell more copies of your best-selling books.\" Read the Rest.

Madonna The Maternal Girl

Jen Young sent over News That Madonna\'s last literary project may have
been a book called \'\'Sex,\'\' full of naked
pictures of herself, but her next will be a
set of five allegorical children\'s tales,
cowritten with husband Guy Ritchie. It\'s
part of a new focus for the former Material
Girl, now that she\'s a 44-year-old mother
of two, she tells Vanity Fair. Hard to
believe she\'s no longer living in a
\'\'me-me-me universe\'\' of her pre-Lourdes
and Rocco days? \'\'Hey, nothing is what it
seems,\'\' she says.

Sandburg papers go for $80,000

The Associated Press says An extensive and previously unknown collection of documents from author and poet Carl Sandburg sold for more than $80,000. The collection, which may shed new light on Sandburg, known for immortalizing Chicago as the \"city of the big shoulders,\" was almost never found. A Pennsylvania antiques dealer, Walt Brygier, stumbled upon it last year while disposing of boxes for a client. One fell apart, spilling the documents.

A Good Rap

Jen Young sent over The Entertainment Weekly Story that says textbook publisher Scholastic announced plans for a new series of rapper-penned books for 4- to 10-year-olds, the New York Times reports. Called \'\'Hip Kid Hop,\'\' the series\' kicks off with two titles, by LL Cool J and Doug E. Fresh. Of course, the books come with CDs so kids can rhyme along with the authors and their backing tracks.

Throw The Book At Them

SomeOne writes \"A Story says we, in the UK, are now in the era of the \'football autobiography\' - and it\'s not pleasant.

The worst thing about all these books is that the advance publicity assures them of massive sales.

The formula is thus: Say something controversial, add the threat of legal action, make sure the papers get hold of it, make no comment in defence of your claims whatsoever - then sit back and wait for the cash to roll in.

Writer Speaks Out Against Trivial Novels

Bestselling author and atheist Philip Pullman (The Amber Spyglass) has insisted that \"novels must discuss morality or they will slip into the trivial and worthless ... You can\'t leave morality out unless your work is so stupid and so worthless that no-one would want to read it anyway.\" Read More. Here\'s Another One.

What\'s Left of Chomsky

Preston Enright writes: \"A May 5, 2002 Washington Post article noted that Noam Chomsky is the most-cited living author on the planet. My media project, \"What\'s Left,\" is offering free copies of audiotaped lectures by Professor Chomsky, and other progressive figures like Ralph Nader, Angela Davis and Howard Zinn. The tapes come in sturdy boxes with a description of the talk and the speaker. My hometown library, the Denver Public Library, receives two copies of every lecture we produce and they are checked out constantly.
Please contact me, Preston Enright, to receive a collection of some of the most eye-opening talks on major social issues of the day.
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