Tag: cult of the bestseller

  • The BS Column: All in the family

    (Published in the Business Standard, August 18, 2009) Make me an offer I can’t refuse. Ask me to explain why, 40 years after a boy from Hell’s Kitchen–Italian immigrant, government clerk, hack writer–wrote a book about a squabbling family that settled its feuds with guns, we’re still reading The Godfather. My first copy of Mario […]

  • The Other Side of Sidney

    Published in the Business Standard, February 05, 2007) At the age of 17, depressed at his growing collection of rejection slips, certain that he would never become a writer, Sidney Sheldon tried to commit suicide. His father walked in on him just before he took a combination of sleeping pills and bourbon whisky, and quietly […]