#black|Richard Hell, co-founder of the band Television and one of the musicians who made CBGB famous, has sold his memoirs to Ecco Press, the publisher who recently brought us another memoir by another musician and poet: Patti Smith. According to Ecco, Hell’s book, I Dreamed I was a Very Clean Tramp, will move from his “early days as a struggling writer to the opening of CBGB’s and his subsequent endless nights with the club’s denizens, such as The Ramones, Patti Smith Group, Blondie, and the New York Dolls, to [his] encounters with literary luminaries like Susan Sontag and his relationship with high school friend and Television co-founder Tom Verlaine, to a long procession of vividly evoked girlfriends, to the heroin addiction that threatened to derail him completely.” Hell has written two novels, Go Now#black| and Godlike, and his book of essays and lyrics, Hot and Cold#black|, strongly suggests that his autobiography will be wise, honest, and attention-grabbing. ##
Christopher Hitchens, pre-chemotherapy.
Junot Diaz’s next novel will be an reworking of the Superman saga, the Middlebury College student newspaper reports, and instead of setting the superhero in Kansas, he'll be based in the Dominican Republic, circa 1937. Diaz is also making a few other changes: “the Dominican Superman will actually enslave the world with his powers," the novelist told students.
Economist Felix Salmon explains how new technology lets the New Yorker turn a profit off old content.
A little over a year after being diagnosed with cancer, Christopher Hitchens has given up smoking and, more shockingly, alcohol. “Hitchens, who used to thrive on whiskey the way a bee thrives on nectar, hasn’t had a drink since July, when a feeding tube was installed in his stomach. “That’s the most depressing aspect,” he told the New York Times. “The taste is gone. I don’t even want to. It’s incredible what you can get used to.”
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The Occupy Wall Street Library is now online.
Amy Winehouse’s father has signed a book deal with HarperCollins to write “a heartfelt and revelatory memoir” about his daughter. “Amy” will come out next year, and proceeds will go to a charity in her name.