Dark Times for Bright Characters

“Elmore Leonard and Carl Hiassen should be proud, there’s finally a writer to carry on their tradition.” – James Frey Michael Craven, an ACD at Crispin working on the Microsoft account has a new book out. It’s called Body Copy, cleverly enough. According to Adweek, the novel tells the tale of a former pro surfer […]

R.I.P. Norman Mailer, 1923 – 2007

A few days ago on this blog, Frank Lloyd Wright was honored for his high principles and artistic tenacity. For similiar reasons we honor the passing of Norman Mailer, the last Great American Writer, who died November 10 of kidney failure. From the New Yorker: He was a slugger. He swung at everything, and when […]

Vodka For The Smart Set

Books sales aren’t what they used to be. In fact, reading isn’t what it used to be. Hence, now more so than ever, literary writers need sponsors. According to the New York Times, they’re fiding them. In a continuing sign of the blurring of boundaries between literature and advertising, a campaign for Svedka, a Swedish […]

A Scathing Indictment Of Corporate Culture

I finished reading Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.’s Breakfast of Champions today. Had I read it as an undergrad like a good English major, I might have been persuaded to skip out on an ad career altogether. Critic, Marek Vit, says, “The novel attacks many things: slavery, racism, commercial greed, jingoism, ecology, capitalism, imperialism, overpopulation etc., all […]

I Work For Cleve

What you are about to read is fiction. It may seem like something else, but it’s not. I work for Cleve. I can’t understand why that’s such a tough concept to digest. I mean sure, I report directly to Steph, who reports to Tim. But Tim reports to Cleve, so it’s pretty clear. Cleve hired […]