Friday, January 27, 2006

NEMESIS # 2 FOUND DEAD, oprah vs james frey

yes, it is true.

Nemesis # 2 has reached 50% death. i am not sure if i ever clearly stated that Nemesis # 2 is actually a creative, well-orchestrated evil partnership of two rabbits, but that is what they are. last night on my way home from work, i spotted a flattened rabbit in the street right before mine (maybe 50 or so yards from my house) which has been identified as the second half of the elusive and destructive Nemesis #2. i actually slowed down as i was passing it, then turned around to go back and verify what i had just seen. these little bitches are tough to eliminate, so i had to make sure. i almost got out of my car to take a closer look even, but then decided that the neighbors would think i was really bizarre. upon close review from my car, indeed, the bunny had been flattened into a bunnycake by an unknown vehicle. however, the first bunny (the larger of the two, i mean, this thing is huge) is still loose and reaking neighborhood damage. i actually saw him this morning fattening up in someone else's yard, to which i most certainly did not bother him since i want him to know its ok for him to munch down anywhere except for my front yard. oh yeah, and two days ago i sprinkled dried fox urine all over my front grass and havent seen one in my yard since. where does one get dried fox urine? the internet of course, and it has a money back guarantee to work in repelling the bitch ass bunny rabbit.

in a much smaller news story, Oprah interrogated James Frey (author of A Million Little Pieces) yesterday on her show after a wild goose chase of support/distancing of him and his book. she had him on her show a while back after branding his memoir with her stamp of approval and was very supportive and teary-eyed while they talked about the book, and rightfully so. since, it has been found that he lied about many accounts in the book, maybe more than he has disclosed even at this point, to which she originally deemed to be irrelevant since the meaning of the book is the same, but then received massive criticism for that stance, and then reversed decision and criticized Frey for conning her and everyone who has read it.

now, i am inherently anti-oprah, and i cannot really say why, other than it is just my gut feeling. i think she does countless great things for people, and women more specifically, but for some reason i dislike her. now that my bias has been disclosed, i would like to voice my opinion on this whole situation. i feel bad for james frey. i do. after seeing him on the show just get ripped by oprah (i really need to create a nickname for her) i feel bad that he has taken such a public beating for this. the guy did lie in the book and lied to her (and viewers) on the show, which is of course just plain wrong. however, i feel that Oprah is responsible for what she puts on her book club list. if she endorses books and grants instant popularity and best seller status to a book, she puts her name on it. does she have a reason to be angry at Frey? yes. i think she should have removed the book from her list publicly and distance herself from it, not bring the guy on to point the finger and clear her own name. my perception of why she did the show yesterday with him was to clear her name and vindicate herself from any and all responsibility/connection with her own endorsement of this book, and more importantly her name. dont agree with me? i will give you her quote from yesterday's show to support that in this case, it is all about oprah. after the publisher said that "the whole situation is sad", oprah responds with...

"It's not sad for me," Winfrey replied. "It's embarrassing and disappointing for me."
( By Howard Kurtz, Washington Post Staff Writer, Friday, January 27, 2006; Page A01)

why is it embarrassing to oprah? i dont understand that part. oh wait, yeah i do, it is embarrassing because of how she has reacted to this whole deal and now she needs to save face.


At 1/28/2006 08:33:00 AM, Blogger Max Planck said...

Does the Board of Trustees condone the reading of James Frey's novel, moreso than, say, Broken Social Scene lyrics?

At 1/31/2006 12:12:00 PM, Blogger mikeandtim said...


At 2/01/2006 03:57:00 PM, Blogger Max Planck said...

Does the Board of Trustees actually know who Broken Social Scene is? If not, they might find the answer at

At 2/03/2006 12:28:00 AM, Blogger mikeandtim said...

How dare you assume that there is something we do not know.... We are like the Sphinx.

At 3/03/2006 03:16:00 PM, Anonymous Bklyn Bob said...

Hey there,

there's reason(s) why you have a gut feeling Ope is trouble...

I have seen shows where she brings back crime victims and complains about them and to them that they were bad guests...WHAT ?!?

Here, concretely, her troubling always-shifting gaze has finally captured a truth--she was caught not doing her homework. Never mind it is standard procedure nowadays (politicians, newspapers, large companies, small companies)--when you have annointed yourself as "an angel", throwing someone else under the bus instead of accepting responsibility gets you a flight to Hell's airport of good intentions.


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