Reganomics

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Author: Sara Nelson
Date: Nov. 20, 2006
From: Publishers Weekly(Vol. 253, Issue 46)
Publisher: PWxyz, LLC
Document Type: Viewpoint essay
Length: 514 words

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Judith Regan and her eponymous imprint should win a prize. I'm not just talking about the Best Fiction National Book Award they should have gotten last week for Jess Walter's excellent 9/11 novel, The Zero. I'm talking about something even bigger: call it the Most Brazen Publisher award.

Think about it: who else has the combination of nerve, foresight and soullessness it takes to publish a book by O.J. Simpson in which the former sports star turned social pariah has the gall to speculate on "if I did it," the "it" being the brutal 1994 murder of his estranged wife and her friend. I mean, many publishers court controversy--Crown and Ann Coulter, for example--but they, at least, can cloak themselves in the mantle of free speech. But to...

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