12.16.06

O.J.’s A (Career) Killer

Posted in Free Expression, Reading Is Fundamental, The World Of Entertainment at 2:38 am by

Giving Neil Strauss license to pollute the universe with his venereal ravings was not only socially acceptable, but quite lucrative for publishing magnate Judith Regan.  It would seem, however, that doing business with the universal pariah that is Orenthal James Simpson was more than her employer could bear.  From the New York Times’ Edward Wyatt.

Judith Regan, the firebrand editor who stirred up decade-old passions last month with her plans for a book and television interview with O. J. Simpson, was fired late Friday by HarperCollins, the publishing company that oversaw her book business.

HarperCollins announced the dismissal, œeffective immediately, in a two-sentence news release that was issued at about 7 p.m. Eastern time. The announcement was made by Jane Friedman, president and chief executive of HarperCollins, who has long had a strained relationship with Ms. Regan.

There’s no mention in Wyatt’s report how Regan’s dismissal  might impact the impending publication of Peter Golenbock’s Mickey Mantle-Fucking-Marilyn Monroe book. Or, if there might be some connection between the negative coverage of said tome and Regan’s termination.

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