Arts Roundup: “Pete Doherty, J.K. Rowling, and Bill Withers” Edition
*More British authors onboard the proposed Google books boycott, including J.K. Rowling and Phillip Pullman. (If you missed Ursula K. Le Guin's fiery anti-Google manifesto/petition, check it here.) And speaking of Rowling: the next two Harry Potter movies will screen in 3D.
*Louis Auchincloss dead at 92.
*Pete Doherty pulls some serious rock-star shit by bringing heroin to a court date. (The Daily Mail meticulously notes that the Libertines/Babyshambles star was in possession of £192 worth of the junk.) The excuse is actually sort of plausible—I've had the same experience with, like dollar bills:
[Doherty's] lawyer, Bruce Clark, said the problem was that the Babyshambles singer had too many suit jackets and had forgotten to check his pockets.
"My client has many suits and did not know there was anything in the pocket. He had been in and out of court twice before the package fell out of his pocket. He feels very stupid … but he accepts responsibility."
*Can anyone explain to me what the internets find so funny about the goddamn iPad? So Steve Jobs has a new toy, publishing industry saved, blah blah great, but honestly I'd rather follow Slash on Twitter.
*Inspirational track of the day ~ Bill Withers, "Use Me":