Media Guy's Pop Pick: 'Headless Body in Topless Bar'

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A couple Mondays ago, when news broke that New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer had been linked to a prostitution ring, the No. 1 parlor game in New York media circles was predicting what the tabloid take -- specifically, the New York Post headline -- would be. Too bad the Post's "Ho No!" arrived too late for inclusion in this coffee-table book from HarperEntertainment (a Murdoch property, of course), which takes its title from the paper's most famous headline ever.
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The book's subtitled "The Best Headlines from America's Favorite Newspaper." Um, favorite? Was that fact-checked? Whatever. Even people who despise the Post will find pleasure in this merrily deranged history of recent American scandal as told in spastic pop poetry (e.g., "Wacko Jacko Backo," about a Michael Jackson comeback; "Bad Lay," about Enron chief Ken Lay's guilty verdict; "Lust in Space," about the sexcapades at NASA). As always with Pop Pick, I'm randomly giving away a copy. To be eligible, send me an e-mail with "headless body" in the subject line on or before April 7.
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