In: Dan Brown's Lost Symbol. The publishing industry's problem's notwithstanding, Dan Brown's new book -- heavily promoted on NBC's Today Show this morning -- is already a cultural phenomenon (via NYTimes):
"Barnes & Noble reports that in its first 24 hours on sale, 'The Lost Symbol' by Dan Brown, the blockbuster best-selling author of 'The Da Vinci Code,' broke all previous company records for adult fiction. (That means J.K. Rowling still holds the all-time record for sales in one day, with “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.”)
"The e-book version of 'The Lost Symbol' is currently No. 1 at BN.com, as it is in Amazon’s Kindle store. It is also the No. 1 selling print book on Amazon. Sales numbers from BookScan, which measures about 70 percent of all retail book sales, won’t be available until next week.
"'The Lost Symbol' is Mr. Brown’s first novel since 'The Da Vinci Code' was first published in 2003. Once again, the book features Robert Langdon, the symbologist who starred in 'The Da Vinci Code' and its predecessor 'Angels & Demons.'
Out: Lou Dobbs. Our favorite anti-Mexican bigot/"piopulist" -- sorry, Pat Buchanan -- Louie "Does not play well with others" Dobbs is getting the Glenn Beck treatment. From TVNewser:
"Well, since that Glenn Beck boycott seems to be working so well, Media Matters is now rallying for an ad boycott of CNN's 'Lou Dobbs Tonight.' Media Matters reports 11 organizations have joined together to launch the Drop Dobbs campaign and DropDobbs.com."
How curious that Lou Dobbs is so narrowly obsessed nowadays with borders, yet he was once broad-minded enough to found Space.com