The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories


1. George W. Bush’s political memoir Decision Points sold 220,000 copies in its first day. Just for comparison’s sake, Bill Clinton’s My Life sold 400,000. It can’t be because Dubya’s not doing enough promotional interviews… [via Vulture] 2. Do you think that Lady Gaga, Jonathan Franzen, or Mark Zuckerberg have any shot of winning Time’s Person of the Year award when they’re going up against The Unemployed American and The Chilean Miners? 3. “We thought we’d do a lot of things that we’d never done: a full tour of Canada, a documentary, coffee-table book, live album, a boxed set. It was one long project that took almost three years. Now that we’ve gotten a lot of that out of our system, Meg and I can get back in the studio and start fresh.” – Jack White on a White Stripes reunion 4. Read a brief history of Soft Skull — “the quintessential New York City indie press” — as it closes its NYC office and moves to Berkeley. [via Bookslut] 5. Judd Apatow defends his record on female characters and talks about his new female-centric pilot for HBO about a group of women in New York in their mid-twenties. [via Jezebel]

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