Elvis Mitchell, host of "The Treatment" on KCRW, is using his time (now that's he's stopped reviewing films for the New York Times) to write a book on Richard Pryor. His proposal has gone out to New York editors and is expected to fetch about $500,000, the New York Post says.
The proposal is "unusual," says one editor who has seen it. It is nonlinear and suggests that the book will be part cultural history of America, part tour of the comedy world, part dishy anecdotes about Pryor — including one in which the comedian's scatological language made New Yorker writer Lillian Ross not just blush, but faint.
David Black, best known as the agent who shepherded Mitch Albom's books, Tuesdays with Morrie and The Five People You Meet in Heaven, to fame and fortune, sent the proposal to a handful of editors last Friday.
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