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JULY 14, 2003


A woman who likes to talk about male genitalia?! (GASP!)
Book Reporter Guy interviews
Wildly Successful Authoress!

By Ricky Lax
Daily Arts Writer
Wildly Successful Authoress
(Candace Bushnell, "Sex and the
City") entered the downtown Bor-
ders in white Prada heels and a good
mood to match to match. Hours
before, she learned that her new
book "Trading Up" made The New
York Times bestseller list and had a
good review coming from the same
paper later that week.
Book Reporter Guy was in a good
mood, too. He had an interview with
one of today's most popular writers,
who arrived right on time.
"Trading Up," the new book, con-
tinues the story of model Janey
Wilcox, a character from Wildly Suc-
cessful Authoress' last book, "4
Blondes." In "Trading Up" Wilcox
"works" her way to social success,
money, and a modeling contract with
Victoria's Secret - but won't rest
until, what else, she finds true love.
In person, Wildly Successful
Authoress shies away from saying
exactly how Wilcox got to the top,
"When she's with the rich guy, she
sort of... whatever ... she's not being

the most perfectly behaved person."
Of course Wilcox slept with the
rich guy for money, but Wildly Suc-
cessful Authoress acted like she knew
nothing about Janey Wilcox's rise to
the top, as if she hadn't written the
story from direct personal experience.
"See? I'm very different from
Janey," said WSA. "I don't approve of
everything she does."
While Wildly Successful
Authoress separated herself from her
characters (She just got married, you
know), she said she understands the
type of people readers want to spend
their time with.
"Who doesn't want to read about
badly-behaved, rich, attractive peo-
ple? They're people who we secretly
might want to be. If you're going to
college, you're not going because you
want to sit at home. A lot of people
go to college because they want to be
successful, and New York is one of
the centers of success."
But even success, Book Reporter
Guy learned, won't guarantee you a
girl like Janey Wilcox.
"It's sort of a universal fantasy,
being with a supermodel, so then you
See BUSHNELL, Page 10

By Joel Hoard
Daily Arts Editor
Midway through his 90-minute set on
Saturday night, Eminem apologized for
some "motherfucking technical difficul-
ties" after battling malfunctioning sound
and video equipment for much of the
night. The motherfucking technical dif-
ficulties were just one of many problems
to plague Em's homecoming show at
Detroit's Ford Field, on a night that saw
lackluster performances by openers
Missy Elliott and 50 Cent, shoddy stadi-
um sound and the occasional rowdy fan.
But the sold-out crowd of 45,000,
loaded with suhurhanites and noticeahly
lacking teenage fans, couldn't have
cared less about faulty equipment, bad
sound or disorderly neighbors. They
were there for Eminem, and just to be in
the same building as the Real Slim
Shady was enough.
The show began punctually at 7:30
with sunlight still pouring in from
beneath the Ford Field roof. With the
red curtain still drawn, cries of "Aw
shit!" boomed from the loudspeaker,
announcing Missy Elliott's arrival to
the half-empty stadium. During Missy's
30-minute performance, there wasn't
much performance to speak of.
Between abbreviated, half-hearted
attempts at "Work It" and "Get Ur
Freak On" and a pointless surprise
appearance by R&B singer Monica,
who performed her own "So Gone,"
Elliott spent the bulk of her time awk-
wardly bribing the crowd with auto-
graphed sneakers and kind words for
the city of Detroit. After a bizarre, half-
hearted tribute to late Detroiter
Aaliyah, Elliott concluded her set with,
"Detroit is the hottest place on the god-
damn planet."
Not quite, but hip-hop Rookie of the
Year 50 Cent did his damnedest to make
it so. The curtains parted to a mock-up
of the New York City skyline as a Frank
Sinatra look-alike introduced 50 to the

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Portrait of the artist as a young dork.
crowd on the video monitors flanking
the stage. Sinatra's own "New York,
New York" was accompanied by video
of an idealized New York until Old Blue
Eyes got capped and was left for dead.
Images of Sinatra's New York were
replaced by scenes of violence, drug use
and police brutality as 50 and his posse
emerged from backstage. The now-full
stadium erupted as 50 and his G-Unit
lackeys, decked out in Joey Harrington
jerseys, charged their way through a 45-
minute set full of hits like "In Da Club"
and "Wanksta," each punctuated by a
gunshot, as 50 slowly peeled off layers
of clothing and tossed them into the
Y on

crowd until he was down to his bare
chest. 50 and G-Unit's three-way attack
and shouted vocals made every song
into a flat banger, from the ordinarily
quiet love song "21 Questions" to the
Caribbean-infused "PI.M.P"
After a 45-minute intermission, the
lights went down and the video monk-
tors flickered to life with an introduc-
tion featuring Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick
and Kid Rock as Em's whiskey-drink-
ing, white trash chauffeur. At the con-
clusion of the video, a customized
Shady Records Hummer slowly made
its way through the general admission
See EMINEM, Page 10

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