If Donald Trump doesn't win the presidency, there's always a chance he could be the next U.S. poet laureate.
Just ask reporter and humorist Hart Seely, who's managed to find the poetry in the Donald's interviews, speeches and tweets. Seely has turned the Republican presidential front-runner's words into verse in his book "Bard of the Deal: The Poetry of Donald Trump," out Dec. 15.Read more
Before President Obama left for this week's United Nations Conference on Climate Change in Paris, he got in a little book shopping.
President Obama took his daughters, Sasha and Malia, shopping at Upshur Street Books in Washington, D.C., on Saturday, the Washington Post reports. The trip was in honor of Small Business Saturday, independent retailers' answer to Black Friday.Read more
In 1967, John Lennon bought a small island off the west coast of Ireland called Dorinish. It wasn't much of an island, just a pasture and some rocks, which, Kevin Barry tells us in his second novel, "Beatlebone," "were harvested for ballast by the local fishing fleet."Read more
Unless it’s to support someone I know or explicitly recommended, I no longer read white men. It’s not to make a political statement so much as I’m tired of seeing the world through their eyes. If you asked me to name my literary influences, it would probably take an hour before a white man appeared.Read more
Founder of her own production company, creator, head writer, executive producer and showrunner of some of the most popular shows on television, including "Grey's Anatomy," "Private Practice" and "Scandal": This is the phenomenon that is Shonda Rhimes.Read more
In 1717, Augustus the Strong of Poland, a porcelain devotee associated with the Meissen facility nearby, developed a passionate need to acquire 18 large Chinese porcelain vases owned by Frederick William I of Brandenburg and Prussia. The vases were not for sale, so Augustus suggested a swap. In exchange for the vases, he would supply William with a battalion of 600 dragoon guards.Read more