Mail from the Chief: Former prez Bill Clinton unexpectedly contacted LA Times blogger Carolyn Kellog this week to correct her earlier post and offer up his current reading list. We spent much of last fall tracking Barack Obama's reading, so it's great to hear what this omnivoracious former president has on his shelf. Yet while I think it's great to see the books he makes time for, this ushers in a terrifying new concept for the blogosphere: presidential copyedit. Watching my "i before e" much more closely now, sir.
For those interested, here's Mr. Clinton's list:
1. Steven Johnson's The Invention of Air and The Ghost Map
2. Tom Zoellner's Uranium
3. Malcolm Gladwell's Outliers
4. John Bogle's Enough
5. Selden Edwards' The Little Book
6. Richard North Patterson's Eclipse
7. Andrew Greeley's The Cardinal Sins
Hely Goes Hollywood: Variety has announced that writer-diretor John August (Go, Charlie's Angels and Big Fish) has optioned How I Became a Famous Novelist by author and Omni guest blogger Steve Hely. Take that, Polly Pawson!
Swords Sell: Galley Cat highlights a hilarious post on the state of of fantasy cover art from Orbit Books publisher Tim Holman (complete with chart). Holman reveals that 2008 was owned by the sword (with over 80 fantasy book covers featuring the weapon), but "fans of unicorns, maps, and stilettos had a disappointing year."
Moving and Shaking: Shannon Shy's It'll be Okay.: How I Kept Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) from Ruining My Life tops our list of Movers and Shakers this morning due to Shy's insightful interview on AOL Health this morning.