How Low Can Book Publishing Industry Go?
We Think We've Found It--For Now, at Least
So you thought that the sacking of lowbrow book publishing "high" priestess Judith Regan by Rupert Murdoch's Harper Collins signaled a turn toward good taste by the American book publishing industry? Think again. Word comes from the latest issue of Publisher's Lunch, an authoritative industry e-newsletter, that the lowest of lowbrow ideas has just landed a book deal: "Jay Louis's HOT CHICKS WITH DOUCHEBAGS: Deconstructing the Unholy Wrongness of Hottie/Douchey Coupling and How to Recover from the Douchebag Plague, based on the website HotChickswithDouchebags.com, to Jeremie Ruby-Strauss at Simon Spotlight Entertainment." As the cretin behind this website (and a budding author, no less!) charmingly puts it: "This site is all about poking fun at scuzzbuckets and the women who love them." Well, that's about the only part of his self-description we can quote here. As for his cynical publishers, here's hoping they lose buckets of money on this one.