Sunday, August 26, 2007

What's black and white and red all over and can't go through a revolving door?

We all talk about how the revolving door in publishing continues to spin, but i've never seen it spin faster than it does over at Gotham & Dutton. In the last year I've read in Pub Lunch about their publicists moving on to do great things at Random, Soho, S&S, Houghton, and an insider over at Penguin reports to us that the turnover is something like a person a month. DEAR LORD! How do they manage? All I can say that is if anyone can stick it out there, they've got serious cojones. That, or they can't find a decent job anywhere else.


ps: the answer to the riddle is: A nun with a spear through her stomach.


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In the book, an air mattress is famously present in a key scene, although Fitzgerald called it a "pneumatic mattress." Weirdly, the mattress is absent from that vital scene entirely. But it does appear in an earlier pool scene, along with ... inflatable zebras? Director Baz Luhrmann defended the stripey critters tosaying period photographs show them. Perhaps, but Fitzgerald's book does not.
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