In response to the economic downturn over the past two years, Oprah has dialed back the rampant consumerism associated with her "Favorite Things" shows. But this is Oprah's ULTIMATE Favorite Things year, so hold onto your super expensive hats!
Earlier this month, celebrated author Jonathan Franzen finally graced The Oprah Winfrey Show stage, an appearance roughly nine years in the making. Some of you may recall the press that surrounded Winfrey’s book club selection of Frazen’s novel The Corrections in late 2001. Post-selection, Franzen expressed some discomfort with having a corporate "Oprah Book Club" logo attached to his creation. Oprah, stating she didn’t want to make anyone uncomfortable as the reason, canceled Franzen’s appearance on her show to promote the selection. It didn’t hurt The Corrections sales, but it did blemish the author’s personal reputation for a period.
In September of this year, Oprah chose Franzen’s new novel, Freedom, as December’s book club selection. On December 6, he met Winfrey on the stage. Oprah introduced the segment saying, "…Jonathan Franzen…someone I’ve been waiting a long time to finally meet." Oprah barely suppresses an eye roll and the audience laughs. "Don’t start with me people!"
The Kennedy Center Honors were on Sunday, and the recipients included musician-songwriters Paul McCartney and Merle Haggard, dancer-choreographer Bill T. Jones and composer-lyricist Jerry Herman. But not even an ex-freaking Beatle can stop Oprah mania. The best part? Oprah gets in on the action herself, discussing ego. Mirror, mirror on the wall...