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Wednesday, July 16, 2008

This Book is Going to Suck. And Sell a Billion Copies.

posted by on July 16 at 17:00 PM

This blog has been getting a whole lot of attention lately:

I am performing an experiment: for one year, I will live as Oprah advises on her television show, on her website, and in the pages of her magazines. The tagline to her website is “Live Your Best Life” and I wonder, will I truly find bliss if I commit wholeheartedly to her lifestyle suggestions?

This is probably the most blatant attempt for a memoir book deal that I’ve ever seen, and the premise is stupid. But I guarantee that the book will be bought and it’ll sell like crazy. The only hope that I have for this not working out is if her media blitz works too well and everybody’s sick of her and her stupid gimmick before she signs a deal with a publisher.

And that is why I am promoting her website.

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1

She's fucking stupid. NBC has exclusive airing rights to her show, not ABC.

"Luckily, ABC plays Oprah episodes twice each day in Chicago so I can watch the rest later tonight. Crisis averted. Everything really WILL be fine."

The Big Give is over (the show Oprah DID license to ABC) so this ho is stupid

we hate her and her potential book!

Posted by Non | July 16, 2008 5:13 PM
2

Why couldn't this have been done as a Kindle instead of a book so I could ignore it even more?

Posted by Will in Seattle | July 16, 2008 5:16 PM
3

Perhaps Oprah should suggest something fatal?

Posted by Dougsf | July 16, 2008 5:25 PM
4

That blog reads like Chelsea Alva Gadda Davida without the fucking gratuitous swearing.

Posted by die quickly, sweet blogger | July 16, 2008 5:34 PM
5

Somebody is going to bet you $50 to read when it does get published.

Posted by robot2501 | July 16, 2008 5:39 PM
6

You should try to hit that, Paul. Oprah loves bookreaders. Fuck this ho and blog about it.

Posted by Mr. Poe | July 16, 2008 6:48 PM
7

Hmm. This is really a fad, doing something weird for a year and then writing a book about it. I wanna piece.

Posted by Gabriel | July 16, 2008 7:08 PM
8

I resolve to spend one year reading several Slog posts per day, and commenting on many of them. I will speak and perhaps write on the experience, from time to time. I'm not saying I won't write a book about it, especially if such a book looked like it would sell; a question you are perfectly capable of doing the math on. No need to share our answer, as anyone reading this is just as adept at the math as you are.

I do this out of my commitment to public service.

Posted by elenchos | July 16, 2008 7:24 PM
9

I've been reading Living Oprah blog for a few months and I've been enjoying it. Give it another chance.

Posted by Eliza | July 16, 2008 8:03 PM
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Do my bidding you fools! My every suggestion weakens the human race so that I might rise and dominate all! BWWWAAHHHAAAAHAAAAHAAA!!!!

Posted by Oprah Winfrey | July 16, 2008 9:41 PM
11

someone did this for martha stewart and showed their work at bumbershoot about five years ago. and it was quite compelling: martha does not advocate a comfortable life. everything was craftsy, yet anxious. nervous, somehow.

Posted by mcfnord | July 16, 2008 11:42 PM
12

So what's she going to do when Oprah says "don't slavishly follow anyone's advice; pick and choose from the thoughts of different people that you respect?"

Or is Ophrah in on the game such that she'd never say that?

Posted by also | July 16, 2008 11:52 PM
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someone did this for martha stewart and showed their work at bumbershoot about five years ago. and it was quite compelling: martha does not advocate a comfortable life. everything was craftsy, yet anxious. nervous, somehow.

Posted by mcfnord | July 16, 2008 11:57 PM
14

I really need to do the whole "come up with a weird idea for a blog and then get a book deal when it becomes popular for a week" thing. Seems like there are a few different routes:

- What's it like to be a "x" - opinionista (NY lawyer), rob the bouncer, waiterrant, etc.
- Do "x" for a year or otherwise adjust your life in some way (e.g., "100 things") and blog about it
- Humor site like stuff white people like

Time to get crackin....

Posted by Julie | July 17, 2008 7:38 AM
15

I totally wish I had come up with this idea. It could make me a bunch of money and then I wouldn't have to worry about pursuing a life of the mind in which I denounce vapid crap like this.

Posted by David E. | July 17, 2008 8:28 AM
16

Perhaps someone should live their life exactly opposite everything Oprah advocates for a year and then write about it. "Live your worst life."

Posted by PopTart in Denver | July 17, 2008 9:01 AM
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@ 16 PopTart
You could live your life as Mr. Poe advises. That would suffice.

Posted by city kitty | July 17, 2008 9:25 AM
18

Quote from first post by 'Non':

'She's fucking stupid. NBC has exclusive airing rights to her show, not ABC.'

Check your facts before you bust out the hate cannon amigo. The ABC affiliate broadcasts Oprah two glorious times a day. I don't endorse this lady's weird quest nor do i ever post on blogs - but your knee-jerk, hateful speech (not to mention uninformed) was too much to pass up.

Posted by Jim | July 17, 2008 1:06 PM
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I linked to your site via Andrew Sullivan's ... I have to admit to my first, intuitive thought about the living-like-Oprah experiment: If it was me, I'd be broke, exhausted, surrounded by STUFF and utterly bonkers within a week!

In other words, I'm a low-key, simple-living, slow-as-molasses homebody (especially now, in the dog days of summer) ...

I wonder, though: if someone is living "Your Best Life" according to Oprah, isn't she living (or trying to live) Oprah's best life? ;-)

Posted by Jaliya | July 17, 2008 3:13 PM
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I linked to your site via Andrew Sullivan's ... I have to admit to my first, intuitive thought about the living-like-Oprah experiment: If it was me, I'd be broke, exhausted, surrounded by STUFF and utterly bonkers within a week!

In other words, I'm a low-key, simple-living, slow-as-molasses homebody (especially now, in the dog days of summer) ...

I wonder, though: if someone is living "Your Best Life" according to Oprah, isn't she living (or trying to live) Oprah's best life? ;-)

Posted by Jaliya | July 17, 2008 3:18 PM

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