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Greg Grandin’s Pultizer prize-nominated book Fordlandia is set to be adapted into a television series directed by Werner Herzog, Deadline reported. Set in the 1920s, the non-fiction work details industrialist Henry Ford’s attempt to recreate small-town America in the Amazon rainforest in Brazil. Ford, who was the richest man in the world at the time, envisioned the city as a Utopia and a source of cultivated rubber for the automobile manufacturing operations of the Ford Motor Company, but his project failed and the city was abandoned in 1934.
Back in May, the romance writing community was rocked by a scandal after author Faleena Hopkins started enforcing a trademark over the common word “COCKY” in the titles of romance novels; I predicted then that there would be some sociopaths who would observe the controversy and decide that it was an inspiration, rather than a warning, and start trying to use trademark to steal other words from writers and their titles.
IT HAS BEGUN.