Today in books: There are more than fifty shades of grey in the Fifty Shades of Grey headlines; we're still awaiting the news of the inevitable Fox Mole book deal; and the most awful short sentence is not that terrible. Really.
Fifty Shades of Grey is in the headlines again, though somewhat gratuitously so: If it's not a book, it's an era, a cultural movement, an employment opportunity. Amanda de Cadenet is a British photographer (and friend of Demi Moore) and, most importantly for these purposes, the host of a new talk show on Lifetime, The Conversation, in which she talks with lovely ladies about sex. Why are women talking about sex? Fifty Shades of Grey, of course. It all comes full circle. According to Lifetime's Nancy Dubuc, "We are in a cultural moment"—thanks to the book—and “literally and figuratively, women are coming out of the closet about how they feel and asking tough questions, which is what this show is about.” Whatever we did before this book, God only knows. [New York Post]
Joe Muto, the Fox Mole, who took the Internet by (some) storm last week with his Gawker blog posts revealing, briefly, the inner workings of Fox News—until he was busted by week's end—is "weighing a lot of options," as he told Howard Kurtz on Sunday. What might he do next, aside from appearing on Howard Kurtz? We predicted a book deal, and we still do; after all, his career at Fox is done-zo. He told Kurtz: "I think it's pretty safe to say my career in cable news is over. I don't foresee anyone outside of Current TV hiring me. I don't know what the future holds, but I’m looking forward to some new opportunities." Our agent experts predict he's probably already been approached. Any bets on when we'll find out for sure? [Capital]