Have you heard about this Charlie Sheen fellow? He used to work in television, but now he talks about tiger blood, battle-tested bayonets, and all the other things you'd expect from a man losing his mind in real-time. People--with a few exceptions--seem to be enjoying it. Former HarperCollins publisher Judith Regan certainly is.
Formerly paramour to Bernard Kerik and non-publisher of O.J. Simpson's If I Did It memoir, Regan knows a thing or two about inelegantly grabbing the spotlight. For Sheen, she suggests a book of poetry. Because, you know, it'll be poetry--but written by Charlie Sheen. That's a thing people will talk about, right?
"I'm thinking of going back into the publishing business just to publish Charlie's book," Regan confessed to New York magazine's Mike Vilensky last night. "Really! I think he's a wordsmith and a genius. I mean, his turn of phrase is actually stellar. It's remarkable. He may have some type of illness or addiction, but he's quite verbal and he has an amazing ability to put words together, and you can't take that away from him. He's doing slam poetry."
Either that, or he's on a really tragic bender. Or self-promoting. Either way, Judith Regan wants that book.