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Welcome to the Regan Administration
"New York is like a bad relationship that you can't get out of, because you still think the sex is good. Well, I think the sex is pretty good in L.A. too!"
- Publisher Judith Regan
Publishing's not just for Manhattan any more. The bombastic right-wing industry mogul Judith Regan, of ReganMedia, is officially abandoning her NY offices and moving the operation to Century City. She claims it's too expensive to operate out of Manhattan these days. Regan is one of the most powerful women in publishing, and the most intimidating. A former editor told Vanity Fair in Roundtable: "I know this sounds ridiculous, but there was always … this vague sense she might actually do physical damage,"
Regan's company has published a string of consistent celebrity-authored best-sellers, by Jenna Jameson, Eminem, and Jose Canseco among others. Regan often also focuses on erotic material or women's writing: including Toni Bentley's The Surrender, a dancer's memoir of anal sex and submission, and the collection of writings by women prisoners edited by Wally Lamb, Couldn't Keep It To Myself.
Could this mean that our celebrity culture is going to get more literary - or that a black-jacketed flood of editorial assistants will be swarming the 10? Laist is already standing in line at Book Soup.
From the LA Times via ArtsJournal.