Heavyweight champion George Foreman, author of the forthcoming memoir By George (Villard Books), gave the Random House magazine At Random his personal list of most inspiring books. Among them:
The Bible; Kitty Kelley's His Way; Victor Frankl's Man's Search for Meaning; Alex Haley's The Autobiography of Malcolm X; William Styron's Confessions of Nat Turner; Eddie Fisher's My Life.
NO BEST-SELLER FOR BOXER
In her latest financial disclosure statement, reports Roll Call, Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., revealed that for every copy sold after the first 5,000 of her book, Strangers in the Senate, she was to receive $1. Alas, the senator "received no proceeds last year."
She did, however, report a payment of $1,000 for her appearance in an episode of Murphy Brown. She donated the money to the Los Angeles charity Para Los Ninos.
MOVIE STAR IS TURNED AWAY
Actor Harrison Ford waited in line at a New York movie theater to see Braveheart, a correspondent informed the New York Times' Metropolitan Diary, but when it was his turn at the box office, the movie was sold out.
"A look of astonished disbelief on his face," wrote the observer, "he turns away from the ticket window, spreads his arms in a helpless gesture, looks upward and walks away."
A FINE TIME IN THE FINEST GAOLS
Prisoners' Handbook 1995, a new British guide, provides food and lodgings information for the incarcerated.
At Stoke Heath prison in England, for example, "Portions are sometimes small, the menu is repetitive, the food has little taste and poor presentation." Outside areas at Sudbury "won the Windlesham Trophy for the best-kept prison grounds and gardens."
"Prisons have been a dark world," author Mark Leech, a former convict and playwright, told Rolling Stone, "and people are curious."
WHO SAID WHAT
"When it comes to . . . important matters, you can usually count on a jerk. Because in order to survive in a society that values style over substance, a jerk has to know what he's doing. While guys with seamless personalities can coast on their charisma, uncourtly types have to work harder than everyone else. . . . We should all learn a lesson from Barry Bonds and take a singular, unrelenting _ and yes, sometimes even selfish _ approach to life. . . . Sometimes, in truth, it pays to be a jerk."
_ Greg Gutfield in "Be a Jerk," an essay in Men's Health magazine.