Stories of O has been touted far and wide, at conferences and talks. From Portland, Oregon to Atlanta, Georgia to Nottingham, England audiences have been tantalized with the prospect of, not chicken (see below), but the publication of this cutting edge anthology. The book is in the copyediting phase and still slated for February 2010.
And not a moment too soon! The Oprah news has been fast and furious lately.
Oprah pushes the 160 character message system Twitter into mainstream consciousness by entering the tweet-0-sphere. For some wise-and-otherwise media hipsters Oprah’s presence, as well as other “uncool” latecomers, signals Twitter’s jump the shark moment. It was Oprah’s second tweet, after the one about it truly being her at the keyboard and not an assistant, that lead to the second big O news story…
Sporting a daring red Alice band and no makeup, Oprah let her hair flow free and denied wearing a weave. She engaged the age-old black obsession/white fascination with black women’s hair. How do black women take care of their hair? What does it feel like? To go natural, press it, “relax” it, or insert weave? While Stories of O doesn’t have a chapter on Orpah’s hair choices, we can recommend one of the best books on the historical and social politics of black women’s hair, Professor Noliwe Rooks’ Hair raising: beauty, culture, and African American women (Rutgers University Press, 1996).
And demonstrating the convergence of Oprah, television, the internet, and American’s unsatiable appetite for all things at the price of $free.99, NPR blogs on The Great Free-Chicken Fiasco of 2009. Apparently, Oprah sponsored a downloadable coupon for free factory-plumped grilled chicken from KFC to get Americans to choose a healthy fastfood option—oxymoron, much? The result? Maos and chayhem (that’s “chaos and mayhem” x 20!) at KFC locations around the country, including civil disobedience and staged protests when KFC locations balked at honoring the coupons.
World financial crisis? Global warming? H1N1 flu pandemic? Anyone? Bueller? Bueller?
Anway, according to one hard-hitting Baltimore journo, “This is not a good things to do for people who are especially hungry—tell them, ‘No, you can’t have chicken.'” Indeed, we concur: it is never a good thing to tell hungry people they can’t have chicken.
I am now starving. No one better tell me I can’t have chicken…