NEW YORK — Twitter had a bit of fun Monday at the expense of EL James.
The hashtag “AskELJames” trended nationwide as the “Fifty Shades of Grey” writer took questions, including some not-ready-for-prime-time doozies, but surely she’s immune at this point to hurt feelings.
Among the printable, cheeky queries:
“Is it true that you’re actually just a burlap sack full of bad ideas and spiders?”
“When do you think your writer’s block will kick in? Signed Ev R Hopeful”
“Did you use a blow up doll as your characterization inspiration for Ana?”
“Is it only OK for Christian to stalk, coerce, threaten & manipulate Ana because he’s hot, or is it also OK because he’s rich?”
For those under rocks, James authored three books in an erotic trilogy involving BDSM sex between a handsome, emotionally damaged billionaire and a young woman whom he introduces to his rough-sex lifestyle. She recently put out a fourth book that tells the story of the first book all over again from Christian Grey’s point of view rather than that of Anastasia Steele.
Oh, and there was a movie. Oh, and at least two more movies are planned.
James let loose among questions she did answer that she has written another book and is halfway through yet another, adding:
“Both romances. Not sure when I will finish them. (smiley face).”
WASHINGTON — NPR says Melissa Block is stepping down as host of the flagship newsmagazine “All Things Considered” after 12 years anchoring the national broadcast.
The public radio network said Monday that Block will become a special correspondent for NPR, producing profiles, long-form stories and series on critical issues of the day. Block will also guest host NPR programs and develop podcasts from her reporting.
NPR has not announced who will replace Block. “All Things Considered” is co-hosted by Robert Siegel and Audie Cornish.
The newsmagazine draws about 12 million listeners a week. Block’s last broadcast is Aug. 14.
Block is a 30-year veteran of NPR. She joined the network in 1985 as an editorial assistant for “All Things Considered.” She later became a senior producer and New York correspondent for NPR.