Sunday, April 28, 2002  [!]

I've been at the L.A. Times Festival of Books the last two days. Fascinating discussion panels. This morning's big one was called "The Abuse of Power" with John W. Dean, Arianna Huffington and Oliver Stone.

John W Dean made this announcement : He's gonna reveal the identity of Deep Throat on June 17th. (well, okay, he announced it in his latest FindLaw column, dated Friday, and repeated it at the Book Festival. June 17th is the 30th anniversary of Watergate) Deep Throat was the insider White House source that communicated matters to Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein at The Washington Post. Today, Dean said that as far as he can tell, 70% of the information Deep Throat conveyed was inaccurate, and therefore Woodward and Bernstein didn't "crack" the case or the story. But the whole information-reporting transactions and the daily reporting and new revelations kept the story in the front page and put pressure on the White House to respond to the situation.

On another note, Dean came to L.A., discovered that everyone's working on a screenplay and eventually wrote one himself´┐Żon the Pentagon papers. After a long time trying to get it sold, he succeeded and the movie is in production.

Lots of other stuff to say about the festival, but I wanted to tell the salient news-worthy stuff right away.

LATER: Dirk Brants points out to me that the other Deep Throat has made the news: Linda Boreman (aka Linda Lovelace) died last week after a car crash.