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In addition to being Inauguration Day, January 20th is Not One Damn Dime Day. This is a chance for those who oppose what is happening in our name in Iraq to speak up with a 24-hour national boycott in all forms of consumer spending. Even if you are one of those who approve of our actions in Iraq, where the American death toll continues to rise to the number of Americans lost in the World Trade Center disaster, Not One Damn Dime Day is your chance to protest the bloated cost of President Bush's Inauguration ceremonies, which are now estimated in the $40 million range. I think even fiscal conservatives and die-hard Republicans would agree, this is a shameful amount of money to spend on a party when children are dying in Indonesia. I don't intend to spend a damn cent on January 20th, let alone a damn dime. I urge you to do the same and I urge you to pass this message along to everyone on your email list.
Early in 2004, two writers and Red Sox fans, Stewart O'Nan and Stephen King, decided to chronicle the upcoming season, one of the most hotly anticipated in baseball history. They would sit together at Fenway. They would exchange emails. They would write about the games. And, as it happened, they would witness the greatest comeback ever in sports, and the first Red Sox championship in eighty-six years, as the team put '86 behind them and eighty-sixed the Curse.
A-Rod. Schilling. Sheffield. Foulke. The hot stove league was smoking. In April, the Sox took six of seven from New York Yankees. Youkilis was the Greek God of Walks. Local boy Mark Bellhorn found his bat. June was a disaster. Then Nomar went to Chicago, Varitek shoved A-Rod, Billy Mueller proved to be a Yankee killer, and this team never looked back, logging an astounding August and a solid September to claim the wild card. In the playoffs they killed the Angels, then ran into those damn Yankees. Who saved the Pennant race? David Ortiz. Who hit the only grand slam? Johnny Damon. Who's your daddy? Papi is. Down three games to none, down to their last three outs, the Red Sox rose from the dead to make history. Nothing left to do but sweep up. What began as a Sox-filled summer like any other is now a fan's notes for the ages.
Stephen King's award-winning, best-selling novel, The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon, is stunningly told in this, the first pop-up book by the master of suspense. It is a fairy tale grimmer than Grimm, retold with intricate pop-ups and a breathtaking text. This is the ultimate must-have edition for Stephen King fans of all ages.
Stephen will be making two TV appearances on Thursday, December 2nd to promote his new book, Faithful, co-authored with Stewart O�Nan. First will be The Today Show on NBC (time has not been announced yet) and in the evening, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (11 PM E&P) on Comedy Central. Check your local listings, but to the best of our knowledge for those of us who are unable to stay up for the late night broadcast or just couldn�t get enough of it the first time around, it will be rebroadcast at the earlier time (7 PM E&P) on Friday, December 3rd as well.
Desperation is now being produced as a feature movie (not a miniseries) for ABC (no air date yet). It is currently being filmed in Arizona. Mick Garris, whose previous Stephen King projects include Riding the Bullet, The Stand, The Shining, Quicksilver Highway [Chattery Teeth], and Sleepwalkers, wrote the screenplay and is directing this production. Cast members include:
· Ron Perlman as Collie Entragian
· Tom Skerritt as Johnny Marinville
· Steven Weber as Steve Ames
· Matt Frewer as Ralph Carver
· Annabeth Gish as Mary Jackson
· Henry Thomas as Peter Jackson
· Charles Durning as Tom Billingsley