Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Fitty Cent, Litterati


Lo Scrittore pimped out with ice. (image via ent.img)

Author! Author! How The Corsair longs to crack open a tome by Fitty Cent (Loeb Classical Library, no doubt), sip a crisp, unassuming Chablis, chuckle softly in mirthful anticipation of the literary joy on the near horizon, then, climactically, tuck into the yellowed pages with relish and great gusto. Soon. Very, very soon. According to those intrepid Page Sixxies:

"IN his ongoing quest to 'get rich or die trying,' bulletproof 50 Cent is shooting out a line of pulp fiction inspired by his life."

Make sure they get the bullet-in-the-tongue part. That's so Noir.

"The rapper known as 'Fitty' is teaming up with Pocket/MTV Books to publish 'G-Unit Books' in 2007. It will be a series of novellas and graphic novels.

"I't's really just the world that he lives in, rap music, the lives that rappers lead,' said Pocket Books publisher Louise Burke. 'It's contemporary fiction for an audience that might not come to mainstream fiction.'"

In Da Club: Oprah's Book Club, that is, homeslice.

"The 29-year-old rapper, whose real name is Curtis Jackson, has always been an avid reader and has had this idea for some time, said his literary agent, Marc Gerald.

"'He's like the biggest reader on the planet,' Gerald told The Post's Hasani Gittens, noting that 50 Cent is a big fan of 'street lit' writers like Iceberg Slim, author of 'Pimp,' and Donald Goines, who penned 'Whoreson' and 'White Man's Justice, Black Man's Grief.'"

(A considerable pause) Oh. If Iceberg Slim's "Pimp" -- an urban-contemporary rendering of Hegel's Master-Slave dialectic -- is Fitty's literary influence ... we can safely rule out an Oprah Book Club mention.(Averted Gaze)

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