Dan Brown

10 Books That Should Be Challenged Instead of ’50 Shades of Grey’

Every year, we hear about the hugely depressing spectacle of books being challenged and removed from American libraries and schools because someone out there objects to their content (usually on the grounds of depictions of people enjoying themselves in bed.) This week it was hugely successful erotic novel 50 Shades of Grey, which has been removed from the shelves of libraries in parts of Florida for its depictions of, y’know, people having sex. Absurd as the whole situation is, it did get us thinking about some books that are far more deserving of being removed from library shelves than EL James’s sexual exploits. Obligatory disclaimer: we’re of course not in the market for banning any books, but we’d much prefer to find the kiddies reading 50 Shades of Grey than any of this lot. … Read More

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What’s On at Flavorpill: The Links That Made the Rounds In Our Office

Today at Flavorpill, we stood by powerless as Lady Gaga decapitated our respective childhoods with her My Little Pony heads necklace. We followed along as Slate’s Chris Wilson attempted to solve the real mystery lurking in the chapel where Dan Brown set The Da Vinci Code. We discovered what… Read More

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The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. According to Ian Ziering (aka Steve Sanders), your 90210 Day could have been epic. He was trying to put together a reunion show, but allegedly The CW dropped the ball. [via Movieline]
2. Facebook is testing a “Stalker Button” that would “allow users to receive alerts any time a… Read More

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Judging a City by Its Book Covers

After collecting data from 13,000 bookstores, websites and non-traditional bookselling stores, the Daily Beast has rounded up the top reads within 16 U.S. cities. While fiction picks seemed to waver between Dan Brown, Kathryn Stockett, James Patterson and John Grisham, the non-fiction reads offered… Read More

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What’s on at Flavorpill: Links That Made the Rounds in Our Office

Today at Flavorpill, we liked Tiny Mix Tapes’ spiffy new look. We met “Markus,” America’s first legal male prostitute. He thinks he’s Rosa Parks. We had a ridiculous amount of fun watching a guy with a crazy mustache play with Legos. We were slightly jealous of Hollywood’s top earning couples. We… Read More

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The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. Harry Potter could star in an upcoming Broadway revival of the ’60s musical How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. [via Variety]
2. Despite Dan Brown’s best efforts, book sales are down for fall. [via NYT]
3. The formerly confidential, behind-the-scenes account of the Jeremy Piven/Sushi-Gate battle. [via … Read More

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Five Paragraphs Plus One Question About the Current Amazon Rankings

As a professional amateur sociologist, I’m always on the lookout for peculiar confluences of events. Of particular interest to me is what horse gamblers and NBA-play-by-play men call “the trifecta.” Most humans have a special affection for threepeats (they confer greatness), threesomes (they confer, um, juices), and three-legged dogs (we feel bad for them), and I’m no exception. And so I exhort all fellow trificionados to hustle over to Amazon.com’s Bestseller List, where at this moment a rare three-headed beast is visible in the consumer-goods cloud forest.… Read More

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McSweeney’s iPhone App Is Sticking It to Dan Brown

iTunes’ App Store is probably the only place on earth right now where Dan Brown is not number. one. for. ever. Although The Lost Symbol sold enough copies for every man, woman and child in Chicago in its first week alone, the Da Vinci Code author’s iPhone app is currently lagging at #18 in the Books section. The number one spot belongs to a new app by McSweeney’s. It promises new work by Spike Jonze, Chris Ware, and Jonathan Ames, which was enough to get us to stop fiddling with I Am T-Pain for a minute and check it out. Here’s what we… Read More

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What the People Are Saying About Dan Brown’s The Lost Symbol

Doubleday announced today that in the week since Dan Brown’s The Lost Symbol went on sale, it has sold more 2 million copies of the English language edition worldwide. Impressed, we decided to head over to Amazon.com to check out what the people are saying. (We already know that New York Times book critic Janet Maslin has got a fever, and the only cure is more Langdon.) Surprisingly, the customer reviews are not as positively skewed as we thought they’d be. The number one gripe: formulaic writing. After the jump, a… Read More

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The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. Through no fault of host Neil Patrick Harris, we fell asleep during the Emmys, but it sounds like we didn’t miss too many surprises. [via LAT]
2. Thom Yorke collaborated with Banksy on the video for his new solo song “The Hollow Earth.” (Watch the embedded clip after the jump.) [via NME]
3. Barack Obama visits David Letterman for the first time since becoming president tonight. [via NYT]
4. Sorry boys: Zooey Deschanel and Ben Gibbard married over the weekend. [via MTV]
5. John Grisham empathizes with Dan Brown because he doesn’t write “literature” either. [via Telegraph] … Read More

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