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Today in books and publishing: The inevitable emergence of Fifty Shades of Grey fan fiction, imagining Watergate without Carl Bernstein, and how Buzz Bissinger writes

We are through the mommy porn looking glass, people. The Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy -- which famously started life as a not-particularly-spicy piece of Twilight fan fiction -- has inspired myriad fan fictrion offerings on FanFiction.net. Trippy! There has apparently been some discussion, within the fan fiction community -- not to be confused with the 'diplomatic community' or 'Hollywood conservative community' -- about how silly it is to be writing fan fiction inspired by another piece of fan fiction. The answer? Kind of silly. But not as silly as being worried about the harmless, bookish activity you do for kicks -- which in this case, is writing fan fiction about a series of books involving a curiously long-fingered man who introduces a quietly cute lady to the world of light BDSM -- is weird or absurd. Fanfic on!  [AP]

This is terrifically petty and fun. In his review of Max Holland's new Deep Throat/Mark Felt tome Leak, former British ambassador Peter Jay went to great efforts "to avoid acknowledging Carl Bernstein's existence," which is difficult to do when writing a book about Deep Throat. Page Six suggests the omission may have been a result of the fact "Bernstein famously conducted an extramarital affair with Jay’s former wife Margaret Ann Jay, now Baroness Jay of Paddington" in 1979. Could be! We once blocked an ex's new boyfriend from following a fake Twitter account -- because he's a huge jerk -- but omitting Carl Bernstein from a review of a book about why Mark Felt leaked lots of information about the Watergate break-in to Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein takes a certain amount of spurned guy chutzpah. (The Jay-Bernstein affair appeared in thinly-veiled fictionalized form in Nora Ephron's Heartburn.) [Page Six]

In the long, but good category: a majestically restrained Buzz Bissinger walks Nieman Storyboard through the process of his new book, Father's Day. Fascinating. And, again, restrained. [Nieman Storyboard]

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