Monthly Archives: January 2003

Subway Glory

One year later, and a mere eight months after deadline, the renovated north side station of the Delancey Street F Train re-opened this past weekend. Just imagine: New poured concrete floors. Walls of brushed metal. An upscale shopping boutique. The new Jean Georges burgers-and-beer comfort food emporium. Actually, there are none of these things. But the escalator works again and the old joint does look a little cleaner. The long nightmare for Rivington residents is over.

Literature Update

Deal Lunch offers a good peek at the direction of literary fiction. It seems the sprawling modern novel is getting, well, more sprawling.

Iowa Writers’ Workshop student Robert Rosenberg’s first novel SHAKE THE EARTH ON WHICH I STANDS, both a love story and a
contemporary parable of people caught between the call of age-old traditions and the allure of the modern world, set in the years following
the fall of the Soviet Union, interweaving the stories of an entrepreneurial Kyrgyz man and his beautiful daughter, an idealistic U.S. aid worker, and a young Apache man trying to get as far as possible from the reservation, brought together by fate in Istanbul, Turkey, on the eve of the tragic earthquake of 1999, to Heidi Pitlor at Houghton Mifflin, in a very good deal, in a pre-empt, by Dorian Karchmar at Lowenstein-Yost (NA).

Zadie and JSF, eat your hearts out.
· Publisher’s Lunch [caderbooks.com]

Reality TV Update

Sometimes, I think the only person who enjoys reality TV more than me (or Basta) is Matt Drudge:

AMERICAN IDOL’ [17.5 RATING/24 SHARE] ROCKETS FOX [15.5/22] /// MURDOCH NET PULLED IN NEARLY DOUBLE THE AUDIENCE OF ITS CLOSEST COMPETITORS [NBC [9.2/13]; ABC [8.4/12]; CBS [6.9/10]] WEDNESDAY NIGHT… ABC’S ‘BACHELORETTE’ [9.1/13] LATEST CASUALTY OF ‘IDOL’; ‘WEST WING’ [7.9/11] FROZEN OUT; CBS ’60 MINS 2′ [6.8/10] BACKROWED… ‘IDOL’ MAX 28 SHARE LOS ANGELES; 28 CHICAGO; 32 SHARE DALLAS… MORE…

Caught American Idol last night, and there is no doubt that it is better than ever.
· American Idol Rampage Continues [drudgereport.com]
· New Idol Draws Record Rating [Yahoo News]