The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories


1. Patti Smith won a National Book Award last night for her fantastic memoir Just Kids, and in her acceptance speech urged the crowd “never abandon the book, no matter how much we advance technologically.” Jaimy Gordon surprised many by winning the fiction prize for Lord of Misrule, which is set at a rundown horse track in West Virginia. [via USA Today] 2. Writer and producer Christopher Gambale — who pitched MTV a treatment for a reality show called Guidos back in 2006 — says the network stole his idea for Jersey Shore. [via Gatecrasher] 3. Pavement will appear on an upcoming episode of the Food Network’s Ace of Cakes in a segment that was taped at one of their Central Park shows. [via P4K] 4. Eli Roth has signed on to produce a horror project called Clown that is based on fake viral trailer that was attributed to him. [via Collider] 5. Steve Wozniak says that while the iPhone has “very few weak points,” Android will be the dominant smartphone platform. [via Engadget]

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