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.
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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