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Blooker in NYTimes (albeit briefly)

lulu’s Stephen Fraser is delighed to let us know that the Blooker gets a mention in today’s NYTimes Arts, Briefly column just after the section heading Da Vinci and the unstoppable Harry Potter:

Blogs, including the diary of a prostitute and a guide to Britain’s best greasy-spoon cafes, are on the short list of 16 for the inaugural Lulu Blooker Prize, to be announced on Monday, the BBC reported. Sponsored by the self-publishing site Lulu, the Blooker Prize honors blooks, or books from blogs, published in English anywhere in the world.

I note that the NYTimes remains a provincial paper, not doing original Blooker reporting but merely disgesting the news from the motherland (via BBC). The result is that great American finalists don’t get a mention but blooks on bad British habits get the bang.


  1. Just wondering if the media coverage is affecting your judging, in a way that jurors are often instructed not to read about the case in the paper. Do you now hold a grudge against the UK blooks because of all the notoriety they got in the press, perhaps just very faintly and subconsciously?

  2. Paul

    4/2/2006 at 8:52 am

    Hee hee! Nope, we picked the winners some time earlier. I love several of the UK books especially Egg, Bacon, Chips and Beans. But I can’t tell you if it’s a winner or not — til Monday.

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