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— Let’s start where we started last week. Cooks Source issues a statement and fapology (fake apology) on their website. Meanwhile, the Brits are having a ball with this story. It’s also fun to try to find the real Cooks Source on Facebook. I would imagine that this has been the most colorful November in Judith Griggs’ life.

— I guess we should talk about this Amazon thing. On Wednesday word got out that the retail giant was offering on its Kindle a book titled The Pedophile’s Guide to Love and Pleasure. The book is self-published, and the following is the writer’s description:

This is my attempt to make pedophile situations safer for those juveniles that find themselves involved in them, by establishing certian rules for these adults to follow. I hope to achieve this by appealing to the better nature of pedosexuals, with hope that their doing so will result in less hatred and perhaps liter sentences should they ever be caught.

Amazon stuck by their decision to offer the title. Of course, the book went from a sales ranking in the six digits to #292.

And then earlier today it was reported that Amazon had removed the title, but without explanation. Stay tuned.

— Sticking with Amazon, The Guardian reports that users angry over price hikes for ebooks are giving one-star reviews. If any publicity is good publicity, Amazon seems to constantly be on the receiving end of good publicity.

— Paul Auster (a.k.a., Justine’s favorite writer) is interviewed by The L Magazine about his new novel Sunset Park, available now.

— Ron Charles provides a Totally Hip review of the 5 NBA Award finalists. Have I mentioned that he’s my new favorite human being?

— Which is the better Western: Lonesome Dove or Blood Meridian? Having never read the latter, I can’t opine. But Lonesome Dove–like all of its prequels and sequels–is engrossing.

Here are some fun pictures of bookshelves. Send yours to, and I’ll post them at a future date.

— This week’s WBN ToW is Austin’s own @RachelMerrell. Give her a follow, and help her find a publishing gig. Or a new coffee shop at which to write.

— Shameless Plug of the Week: Nothing new to report. As always, we’re hard at work on various assignments. And if you like us, why not shout it from the Facebook rooftops?

And don’t forget to check out Fringe on Monday for some short fiction from an exciting new voice.

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  1. that’s not what “fapology” means

    • I guess even invented words can have several meanings …

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    […] few of weeks ago we touched on (oh, what an awful, awful choice of words) the gentleman who wrote The Pedophile’s Guide to […]

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