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The famous book critic is also "famously busy and famously rude"; he is "pale and bloated," the "vitriolic scourge of writers, artists and musicians."

Even the Guild acknowledges that having employees write for both is a good thing, but their discontent came when top editors sent memos requiring print employees to do so, since Guild coverage did not extend to the Web previously. Huey's concession is part of a settlement between the company and the Guild on the matter. The contract, which expires in 2010, was approved Friday by a vote of 105-14. — Stephanie D. Smith

CRACKLIN' ROSIE: Rosie O'Donnell may have scrapped all TV appearances for her new book, "Celebrity Detox," but she has more than enough time for her fans. On Tuesday afternoon, more than 200 of them were on hand at the Barnes & Noble in Midtown Manhattan to get their books signed. O'Donnell was more than amenable to all requests, from posing for pictures (and even allowing for reshoots for pictures that didn't work out) to sending some fans over to her assistant to make sure they received an invite to the opening reception of her art show at New World Stages later that evening. One attendee described O'Donnell as "incredibly warm and personable with everyone," and at one point, she even started singing a few bars of "The Five-Fifteen" from the musical "Grey Gardens" with a boy sporting a shirt that read, "Jerry Likes My Corn." Up next for Barnes & Noble: none other than O'Donnell nemesis Donald Trump, who has a signing next week for his new book, "Think Big and Kick Ass in Business and Life." As one Barnes & Noble employee put it, "The crowd will definitely be a lot different!" — A.W.
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