Weird Week in Writing: The craziest literary beer ever; Hemingway look-alikes; luxury tomes made from moon rocks and ... blood?!

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Freaky Friday—the latest from the weird and wonderful world of
writing this week, followed, as always, by a prompt. (I'll also announce the winner of the swag drawing Monday, so stay tuned.)

The End of Budweiser? Francis Fukuyama’s The End of History is the inspiration behind a new brew. As Paper Cuts reports, “Not just any beer, but the world’s strongest (55 percent alcohol by volume) and most expensive (500 pounds a bottle). As if that weren’t enough, it comes encased in a taxidermized squirrel, hare or stoat. All the animals are reconditioned roadkill. Some, apparently, come dressed in tartan.”

Is the pope a Catholic (Writer?): Yes. Pope Benedict XVI is publishing the children’s book Gli Amici di Gesu (The Friends of Jesus). Like all books, his reportedly was rejected hundreds of times by agents with platform concerns.

“The North thinks it knows how to make corn bread, but this is gross superstition”: Meet Mark Twain’s southern feast menu.

The Bentley of books: From tomes made of paper and moon rocks ($112,500) to books made of, err, paper and a celebrity’s blood ($75,000), a new generation of luxury reading choices has emerged.

In the wake of her Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt, Anne Rice is now out of Christianity:
This week she publicly withdrew from the religion on her Facebook page. (Maybe it had something to do with the Pope’s encroachment on the market?)

Parade of Papas:
Key West is teeming with awesomely bearded men competing in the Hemingway Look-Alike Contest. Cat with prosthetic sixth toe=bonus points?

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