A literary weblog examined (via TMN) the correlation between Oprah plugging her latest book club title (Night, peak rank of 22 on Amazon) to Osama Bin Laden’s recent mention during his taped message (Rogue State, peak rank of 19). The verdict is that Oprah has officially lost the title of the paperback pimp. From :
Yet “Rogue State” was languishing somewhere in the rear of the pack and seemed destined for obscurity. Then, as if in a publicist’s fever dream, lightning struck and an Arabic translation of Blum’s tome somehow made its way to an obscure corner of Waziristan and into the hands of the world’s most wanted bibliophile. The story would have ended there had Bin Laden not mentioned it in his recent audiotape, which was heard by a significantly higher audience than watches the Super Bowl. Talk about product placement.
Stay tuned when scandal unfolds as Osama recommends the false non-fiction book — A Million Jihad Pakis.
Update: Sploid has , including the author’s acceptance of the endorsement — “I am not repulsed and I am not going to pretend I am.”