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May 17, 2011 @ 4:00:00 am

James Frey

Five years since James Frey made a disastrous appearance on Oprah, a contrite Frey reappeared on the show yesterday afternoon and said what he hoped Oprah wanted to hear: “Whatever happened on that show and with A Million Little Pieces happened because of me. Because I made bad choices,” Frey said, before comparing himself to Celine, Henry Miller, and Jack Kerouac; all authors who are as notable for their “bad choices” as they are for their books. Today, Frey will be back for part two of the interview.

In the longstanding battle between Time and Newsweek, Time is still on top.

Last week, Christopher Hitchens penned a scorching rebuttal to Noam Chomsky’s recent article on Osama bin Laden, in which Chomsky referred to the al Qaeda leader as an “unarmed victim.” On Monday, Hitchens released an essay on bin Laden’s death entitled “The Enemy,” which was published as a mini e-book in the Kindle Single series (available only on Amazon). Meanwhile, the New Republic has compiled all of its excellent coverage of bin Laden's death, a collection which is also available as an e-book.

The international indie publisher Europa Editions is celebrating the publication of its one-hundredth book tonight at the Housing Works Bookstore Cafe.