August 25th, 2009

Want to know more about Quirk?

What to know more about Quirk, the people behind Pride and Prejudice and Zombies?

“Quirk Classics has typical quirky beginnings. As editorial director Jason Rekulak remembered it, he noticed what he called "creative copyright infringement" on the Internet: for example, TV shows taking movie trailer footage and inserting it into their own shows. He wondered how Quirk Books might do something like that without getting sued. This led him to write up two lists, one consisting of well-known public domain titles like War and Peace, Moby Dick and Jane Eyre. The other list was of "things to enhance" the titles that included pirates, ninjas, robots, monkeys and more. He drew a line between Pride and Prejudice and zombies. "As soon as I drew that line," he said. "I knew I had it."”

Full disclosure: Hm, I wonder what two groups of things I can draw lines between?

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Obama has good taste in books

On his vacation, he brought with him:

The Way Home by George Pelecanos [Read my post on his 1.5 million advance.]
Lush Life by Richard Price [Full disclosure: Good. But Clockers was better]
Hot, Flat, and Crowded by Tom Friedman
John Adams by David McCullough
Plainsong by Kent Haruf [How can he not have read this book yet? It is beautiful. I reviewed the follow-up, The Tie That Binds, and the publisher used the quote and my name in a big ad in the NY Times. Well my name, and a lot of other reviewer's names. But still, v. cool.]



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