Will Write for Food

September is book-party season in New York City. But starving authors who used to move from shindig to shindig to get fed are finding the pickings a bit slim. Publishers have wearied of the big book launch, and now regard it as an unnecessary expense. Before this peculiar cultural event becomes obsolete, Notebook brings you a sociological study:

PARTY FOR: John McCain's Faith of My Fathers

WHERE: The Bloomberg News computer-training room

MOST FAMOUS GUEST: Henry Kissinger


HOT TOPIC: The National Committee on U.S.-China relations dinner

TABOO TOPIC: Other candidates

SPREAD: Classy: champagne and seafood hors...

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