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    I wonder if we can throw it to Russia.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WhoAmI View Post
    Well, they didn't want something that looked "elite-y" like it was done in some fancy, New York anti-American studio.
    I'm surprised Palin didn't use this picture.


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    I wonder how many teasing combs she goes through a year? They're probably all caked with gel, hairspray and dandruff after a week. She always looked vaguely greasy and dirty to me, but that may be because of the inches of foundation she cakes on. Seriously, has she ever been seen without makeup? Even when killing animals and jogging she has it caked on.

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    ^ She's a walking ad for "bumpits".

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    I love my bumpits lol
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    Look, Up in the Sky!

    By David Weigel 10/2/09 8:47 AM

    The release of the “Going Rogue” cover reveals two things. First: Sarah Palin’s celebrity and magnetic attraction for the media are in no danger of ending. Second: It’s a cover we’ve seen before.

    Compare this:



    To this:



    To this:



    What, in the far horizon of these glowing environments, is providing so much pleasure to these people in comfortable clothes?
    The Washington Independent » Look, Up in the Sky!

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    ^^The similarities to Kennedy's book are eerie.

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    Does anyone else think the title is stupid? I mean, it's so her, but who would actually title their book that? Well...

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    Quote Originally Posted by kingcap72 View Post
    Who did the photo? The Sears portrait department?
    Olan Mills, lol.
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    ^ Or Wal*Mart

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    Quote Originally Posted by cmmdee View Post
    Does anyone else think the title is stupid? I mean, it's so her, but who would actually title their book that? Well...
    I think it's funny that Palin titled her book after the phrase 'going rogue,' which was used as a joke against her. I guess she thinks it makes her look like she's in on the joke, when she still is the joke.

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    I think the title is very calculated...I think she still wants people to think that she's more of an Independent than a Republican. Plus, it's part of the illusion that she wants to cultivate that she's a rugged individualist who is hated because she won't toe the party line. When actually, she's hated because she's a c__t.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BBDSP View Post
    I think the title is very calculated...I think she still wants people to think that she's more of an Independent than a Republican. Plus, it's part of the illusion that she wants to cultivate that she's a rugged individualist who is hated because she won't toe the party line. When actually, she's hated because she's a c__t.
    You hit the nail on the head.

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    Blogger Mark Barrett wonders why, amid all the coverage of Sarah Palin's book, nobody's really talking about the fact that she didn't actually write it.

    Writing on Ditchwalk, Barrett quotes several news sources implying that Sarah Palin knuckled down and wrote her very own 400-page book in four months. Perhaps the most ridiculous is her publisher's statement, repeated without criticism by ABC:

    Gov. Palin has been unbelievably conscientious and hands-on at every stage, investing herself deeply and passionately in this project," Jonathan Burnham of HarperCollins told the Associated Press. "It's her words, her life and it's all there in full and fascinating detail."

    ABC also mentions that Palin worked with "collaborator" Lynn Vincent, but what no one's really saying is that in all likelihood Vincent wrote the whole fucking thing. Barrett is especially critical of this line from the ABC piece: "Once the manuscript was complete, Palin then reportedly spent several intense days in New York working with her editors at HarperCollins." Barrett writes,

    First, the intent of that graph is to get readers to believe that Palin was ‘intensely working on the manuscript', when what she was probably intensely working on was a double-secret plan to combine PR-driven hype with a juicy talk-show-circuit revelation just as the book is getting ready to hit store shelves.

    Second, note the inclusion of the word ‘editors' in the quote: as if an actual editor was working on the manuscript with Palin herself in the room. Because I'm betting nothing like that actually happened, or came close to happening. In fact, if Palin, anyone with content-editing experience, and a copy of her manuscript were all in the same room at any one time I would be shocked.

    Palin may have had a little bit more involvement in her book than, say, Paris Hilton had in designing her fragrance, but to hear Barrett tell it, the endeavors are actually pretty similar. He writes,

    [T]he publishing world is not genuinely concerned with ideas and authors, it's concerned with selling objects (books, magazines, etc.). To the extent that hyping specific authors is done at all, it's done to create bankable stars in the same way that Hollywood wants, needs and hates bankable stars because they attract customers. In the publishing biz these stars might be literary stars (proving the industry cares about artistic authors), or genre stars (proving the publishing industry cares about entertainment authors), but in all cases the caring is ultimately sales-based, not author-based. Proof of this, if it's needed, is found in the simple fact that when it makes sense to lie about authorship in order to increase sales, the entire publishing industry eagerly turns a blind eye.

    Simply put, Sarah Palin is a brand, and HarperCollins knows that brand will sell books. So that's what goes on the cover of Going Rogue, even though Lynn Vincent did the actual writing. As Barrett points out, it's interesting that the publishing industry, the snootiest arm of the entertainment business, is the one that's cool with this type of lying. Pop stars don't get songwriting credits unless they actually write songs, and when celebrities direct films, they do actually have to show up on set. Perhaps the reason ghostwriting is so accepted is that prose isn't particularly valued just now, and audiences are very interested in books written by people famous for things other than writing. This is especially problematic when the celebrity in question is famous for things that are basically the antithesis of good writing — like relying on bizarre metaphors, not reading the newspaper, and being generally inarticulate.

    It's certainly no surprise that Sarah Palin needed a ghostwriter, but just because it's expected that doesn't mean it shouldn't be condemned. Barrett points out that failing to acknowledge "collaborators" like Vincent — she's not on the cover, and she's not on HarperCollins's webpage for the book — ignores the work of the actual author in favor of the big name that gets slapped on the book when work is done. If we want the felicitous use of the English language to be respected again (and Sarah Palin has certainly worked hard against this), we need to honor the people who actually know how to use it. As Barrett says, "ghostwriting is lying, and it's the kind of lying that devalues every author. It's time to give up the ghost."

    http://www.ditchwalk.com/2009/10/01/...-up-the-ghost/
    Going Ghost: When Celebrities "Write" Books - Ghostwriting - Jezebel

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