The Radio Equalizer: Brian Maloney

19 December 2005

Times Spotlights Blogs, Radio-Related Books


New York Times Features 'Book-Blogging'

Is this anything?

To a New York Times story on 2005's "most-blogged-about books", that's today's official Radio Equalizer reaction, for what it's worth.

Stolen from the David Letterman Show, that's the regular segment where Dave and Paul Shaffer discuss afterward whether on-stage stunts are "anything" or "nothing".

Included in the year-end NYT coverage: 20 books and the blogs that discussed them. Several with radio ties made the list, including The Fair Tax Book by talk host Neil Boortz and Jon Lender, Podcasting: Do It Yourself Pirate Radio For The Masses, by Todd Cochrane, as well as Hugh Hewitt's Blog.

Coming in at 16th, Michelle Malkin's Unhinged, like the other ranked books, includes a breakdown of individual posts, three of which refer to this site:

Blog: The Radio Equalizer -Brian Maloney
By Brian Maloney
Sunday, October 30
Text: . . .In fact, Amazon reviewers are already busy trashing her book. . .
Read More

Blog: Power Line
By Hindrocket
Tuesday, November 8
Text: . . .. . .
Read More

Blog: The Talent Show
By waltisfrozen
Wednesday, August 17
Text: . . .Malkins next book, Unhinged Exposing Liberals Gone Wild, is all about the utter hypocrisy of Democrats who fashion themselves as role models of tolernace and civility?. . .
Read More

By Glenn Reynolds
Wednesday, November 2
Text: . . .HEARD MICHELLE MALKIN on Neal Boortzs show, plugging her new book which seems to be doing quite well on Amazon. . .
Read More

By Glenn Reynolds
Monday, October 31
Text: . . .YOU DONT TUG ON SUPERMANS CAPE Brian Maloney reports that some people, afraid of Michelle Malkins new book, are launching preemptive attacks. . .
Read More

Hewitt, a Salem Radio Networks syndicated talk show host and major blogger, scored especially well, with a 7th place ranking. To determine the "top" blogged books, the NYT's process is rather cryptic.

Does book-blogging help sales? While no light is shed on the subject, we do learn that authors can be quite afraid of Internet feedback:

Years ago, after someone sent Amy Tan a link to a Web site where one anti-fan declared "Amy Tan must die," Tan fired off a prophylactic e-mail message asking friends and colleagues not to forward comments culled from the Internet.

"I think it's great that readers are having spontaneous dialogues about my work online," she said, "but I don't think I should necessarily listen in." She likens looking herself up online to overhearing gossip at a cocktail party. "You might hear some good things about yourself, but you may also hear something devastating."

Also among the blogophobic is Maureen Dowd. "I'm super sensitive and I think I'd get too depressed," said Dowd, whose new book is "Are Men Necessary?: When Sexes Collide." Instead, she employs proxy searchers. "It seems narcissistic to be trolling around looking for mentions of yourself, though I am thrilled to be blogged about," she said. "My sister and my assistant show me things they think I need to see. But I don't want to get too caught up in it myself."

While those of us with blogs take heat on a daily basis, it's hard to imagine just how sheltered from reality some famous authors must find themselves.

Even more peculiar is that many of the books listed in the top 20 didn't seem to the NYT's staff to be worthy of review. I'm not aware, for example, of Malkin's book ever previously being mentioned in the Times. Doesn't this point to the difference between old media and new?

Perhaps by coincidence Sunday, NYT Public Editor Byron Calame attempts to explore that angle, why some books are chosen, while others are ignored by the paper:

WHEN The New York Times Book Review published its list of "100 Notable Books of the Year" earlier this month, calculations from several readers and bloggers soon turned up in my in-box. Of the 61 nonfiction books on the list, they noted, six were by Times staffers - enough to pique my interest in the overall book-review process at the paper.

Readers - and authors - deserve a process that is as fair as possible in both reality and perception. What's fair, however, is particularly challenging in the world of the book section. There, reviewers are expected to express their opinions, but readers also have the right to expect that books are assessed based on their merits, not just on a critic's ideology or personal grudges and preferences. The complications only grow when some of the authors are on the staff of The Times...

...Yet eliminating all connections appears nearly impossible. Mr. Tanenhaus and Dwight Garner, the Book Review's senior editor, are authors themselves and both have the same agent, the powerful Andrew Wylie. This gives me some pause. But they handle that relationship very carefully, Mr. Garner said. "Intentionally," he explained, "over the years I have had the grand total of one lunch with my agent, and one lunch with my editor."

Even if there wasn't a great deal of light shed on these seemingly cozy relationships, thanks to Calame for at least looking into it. We keep expectations of the paper low here at the Radio Equalizer.

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  • Hey Not Intelligent One:
    I felt compelled to repost this seeing as how your posts themeselves don't generate any responses and wanting to give you an early chanuka present....

    Hey you fat toad:

    I don't blame you for disallowing comments on your Christmas fund raising post- charity starts at home, right chief? Just like Bill Frist, or don't you follow the news?

    Oh, that's right, I'm sorry, I forgot who I was talking to. The internet's version of a alcohol riddled paparazzi. Searching for that one photo that will finally make you rich on google ads.

    Too bad for you it was me. Over 7,000 hits on the day you posted about me (such a sadly obvious desperate envy as yours in that post the world rarely sees), flanked by multiple days under 2000.

    God, I anger you so. And all it takes are a few flicks of my wrist. I spend more effort wiping my ass than I do completely obliterating your credentials, your credibility and your likeability. And, in moderation, it can be fun.

    Anyhoo, the point of me posting is to say that I am offended that your next post said only happy christmas and not happy holidays or chanuka seeing as how I'm the only reason why anyone reads this blog.

    Hate jews much?

    By samseder, at 18 December, 2005 23:43

    By Blogger samseder, at 19 December, 2005 19:23  

  • A few flicks of your wrist?

    Jerking off at the thought of AAR getting out of its funding hole, Sam?

    You libs are SO polite!

    Hurry up -- I hear there's a bake sale benefitting a shelter for homeless kids in Chicago that might be able to 'loan' you some more money!

    By Blogger Elnish Arundel, at 21 December, 2005 10:52  

  • Oh look, folks, that guy claiming to be Sam Seder is patronizing Brian's blog again. Hey Sam, maybe if you stick around long enough, Brian will autograph the back of your Gloria Wise check.

    Sam's unintentionally funniest line is: "I'm the only reason why anyone reads this blog." Alas, our radio wanna-be has it exactly backwards: If the real Sam Seder actually does come to Brian's blog, it's probably because he gets a bigger audience here than on those 500-watt daytime-only AM radio stations in places like Hog Jowl, W.Va., that Air America proudly calls "affiliates."

    Remember when Brian actually had to explain to fellow bloggers who "samseder/Sam Seder" was (or claimed he was)? That's because -- speaking of Google -- if not for the Internet search engine, the vast majority of Americans wouldn't know Sam Seder from a cedar cabinet.

    By Blogger The4thEstate, at 21 December, 2005 13:07  

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