Entry for February 10, 2006

Quote of the Day by Bob Bernstein of Nashville: 

You laugh about it a little bit, but it’s an empty feeling. It’s like the end of an era.

Is this guy a singer-songwriter, the next Willie Nelson or John Prine?  I don’t know, given how so many people in that town are in ,or want to be in, the music biz.  I do know Bernstein  makes his living as the owner of Bongo Java coffee shop.    No, he’s not philosophizing about the second (or first) selection of George Bush as POTUS.  He’s sharing the  saga of the theft of the  Nun Bun  pictured above from a Gannett   publication, the Tennessean, which I came upon while searching on the title of John Dufresne’s  “The Freezer Jesus. “

The Nun Bun was stolen, its owner said — and he fears the globally renowned cinnamon roll, famous for its resemblance to Mother Teresa, has been ripped apart and thrown away.

“Freezer Jesus”  came up in the search because the story also referred to the incident which inspired John’s story of that name in his first book, The Way that Water Enters Stone (1990).  As I’ve mentioned before,   John has features on his blog for which his readers provide nominations.  This story seems like it would qualify for the Triple Crown:   “Fom the Freezer Jesus files” , ” Short Stories Waiting to be Written” and possibly “Quote of the Day”.

And speaking of “The Freezer Jesus”,  congratulations are in order.  I hadn’t realized there’s  a film of his screenplay based on the story which was produced in 2002 as the summer film project by Grand Valley State University  in Michigan.   It will be featured at Saugatuck, Michigan’s 2006 Waterfront Film Festival .

Came across all this information, as I spent this afternoon adding to the John’s W ikipedia article.   ( I won’t link to earlier version,  a mere “stub” as they say in wikiworld,  as I think that’s what’ kept Yahoo! from saving this entry earlier.   While I was googling (with my goo-goo-googly eyes ?) for information for the  article, I was amused that the title of  The Lie That Tells a Truth , John’s  2003 guide to  writing fiction, had been used by the LA Times Book editor David Ulin on his article  about Frey, whose send-up by John I’ve already written  about.

By the way,  what prompted my effort on John’s entry was seeing that the fomer paltry  version  had been picked up by Answers.com.  This site  sells ads on pages reprinted from free content come by on the web.  Another example of  exploiting  the free or low-paid work of others.

If I sound teed off,  it’s because the “expert” on crime and punishment for  About.com, one  Charles Montaldo,  gets paid based on the page views of “his” content.  Instead of reading several sources and writing an entry on Tookie Williams, Montaldo  lifted the prosecutor’s brief as his own and was then cited  ad nauseum as a supposedly unbiased source.  For weeks every time I’d supplement the inflamatory information at Wikipedia, a vandal would restore it to the original.  Which made all this  more than a political disagreement on who should earn from the fruits of their labors.   And no, I’m NOT going to link to Montaldo  and increase his rating on Google,  not to mention his income from About.com.

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