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King's purpose for the column

Discussion in 'The Pop of King' started by Rrty, Apr 15, 2015.

  1. Rrty

    Rrty Well-Known Member

    I'm curious: why did King write this column? I don't remember reading too many of them or what they were about, but I recall enjoying his opinions and essays.

    When I ask why he wrote them, I mean to say were they just purely for fun or was there some promotional angle involved? I very much doubt he was paid a lot for them (although correct me if I am wrong on that, certainly). Was it a way to get free advertising when a book was published? Was the gig a favor to a friend over at the magazine?

    If he did them for fun, why not continue writing little blog posts here on the site? I think we all wouldn't mind that. And how many columns did he produce?
     
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  2. Moderator

    Moderator Ms. Mod Administrator

    It sounded like something that would be fun at the time and he enjoys trying new things. It wasn't for the purpose of promoting one of his projects. They did approach him but he didn't know anyone there before writing the columns. He stopped doing them because he decided it was time to move on and his day job writing was taking up a lot of his time. In order to balance his professional life with his family life, some things had to go and that was one of them. I don't know the total number of columns he did as we didn't keep a running list while he was submitting them.
     
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  3. Bev Vincent

    Bev Vincent Well-Known Member

    According to one list I've seen, there were about 120 of them.
     
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  4. Moderator

    Moderator Ms. Mod Administrator

    Do you have a link for that, Bev? That would probably be a good thing for us to have for the data base/bibliography we're putting together.
     
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  5. Bev Vincent

    Bev Vincent Well-Known Member

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  6. stacy270

    stacy270 Keep On Floatin' On

    Thank you! I have hoarded all my EW's for years.The list provided makes for easy sorting........when I come across the box I packed them in:)
     
  7. Dana Jean

    Dana Jean Reformed Dirty Pirate Hooker Moderator

    I loved EW. I love Stephen's nonfiction voice.
     
  8. Ebdim9th

    Ebdim9th Dressing the Gothic interval in tritones

    Yeah, it was great... and hey, Stephen posts on Twitter all the time....
     
  9. melindaville

    melindaville Well-Known Member

    He and 2 other people are the only ones who I have their new tweets sent to me right away...I so enjoy SK's tweets. He has a marvelous sense of humor. :)
     
  10. Cameraman

    Cameraman Member

    I'm confused. What is this Pop of King?
     
  11. FlakeNoir

    FlakeNoir Original Kiwi© SKMB® Moderator

    It is the name of a column Stephen used to write for Entertainment Weekly.
     
  12. Cameraman

    Cameraman Member

    Ah thanks. I don't think we get that here
     
  13. FlakeNoir

    FlakeNoir Original Kiwi© SKMB® Moderator

    I think it was also available online. He wrote the column from 2003-2011.
     
  14. Bev Vincent

    Bev Vincent Well-Known Member

    You can find some of them here: Stephen King -- EW.com
     
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  15. Spideyman

    Spideyman Uber Member

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  16. GNTLGNT

    GNTLGNT The idiot is IN

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    Ebdim9th Dressing the Gothic interval in tritones

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