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Washington Memo: Trump as a Novel: An Implausible ‘Soap Opera Without the Sex and Fun’

“It’s early. We’re getting introduced to the characters,” said John Dean, the White House counsel and Watergate supporting player during the Nixon administration, who has become a frequent author in the decades since. “We’re not quite sure how this story is going to unfold, as comedy or tragedy.”He does have a guess. He pleaded guilty to a felony once.At present, though, the elements for either genre are slotting into place — an Allen Drury novel crossed with Shakespeare, with final touches entrusted to producers for the E! network.Foreign intrigue. Strained alliances at the Capitol. A blundering son […]

An Addict, a Confessed Killer and Now a Debut Author

The novelist Nickolas Butler said he was hesitant to endorse the book, given the gravity of Mr. Dawkins’s crime. He ultimately gave it a glowing blurb, calling the stories “authentic and rare” after learning of Mr. Dawkins’s remorse. “I wanted to know what happened and where he is with that now, because obviously there was a family that was shattered by his actions,” he said.Photo“The Graybar Hotel,” written by Curtis Dawkins.Credit Sonny Figueroa/The New York TimesPerhaps unsurprisingly, some of members of that family have serious misgivings. Kenneth Bowman, the victim’s younger brother, said he wished that Mr. Dawkins, now 49, had received the death penalty. “I don’t think he should have the right to publish anything,” said Mr. Bowman, a contractor in Phoenix. “He should be doing nothing in that prison but going through hell for the rest of his life.”Readers may have their own qualms and questions […]

Bill O’Reilly’s Blunt Style: Cultivating Fans and Foes

Apr. 20, 2017 | 2:13Mr. O’Reilly forged an often controversial on-air persona over his two-decade career at Fox. He was forced out on Wednesday in the wake of several sexual harassment allegations.Related: article: Bill O’Reilly Is Forced Out at Fox News […]

Grilling Gorsuch: Why He Won’t Answer

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Original post: Grilling Gorsuch: Why He Won’t Answer

‘Aunt Jemima’ Family Demands $2 Billion Cut of Pancake Business

The self-proclaimed descendants of “Aunt Jemima” have sued the brand for allegedly appropriating the images and recipe of living persons while offering “false promises” of compensation. The plaintiffs claim that their great-grandmother, Anna Short Harrington, refined the recipe for the pancake mix along with Nancy Green, the original inspiration for the brand’s ‘Aunt Jemima’ figurehead, the Louisville, Ky. Courier-Journal reports. They contend that an agreement existed to share a percentage of revenue each time the likenesses of their “relative” were used to market the pancake mix and that they are owed $2 billion in compensation, plus a share of future revenue. The brand’s owner, Quaker Oats, a subsidiary of PepsiCo, denies that any such contract existed or that the iconic figurehead was meant to resemble any living person. “The image symbolizes a sense of caring, warmth, hospitality and comfort,” said a statement from Quaker Oats, “and is neither based on, nor meant to depict any one person.” [Courier-Journal] […]

James Fogle, Author of ‘Drugstore Cowboy,’ Dies at 75

Mr. Fogle was imprisoned in Washington State in a life filled with true crimes, and used his experiences for fictional accounts in novels and an eventual movie. […]

Book Reviewers for Hire Meet a Demand for Online Raves

The growing business of self-published books has spawned an industry in which hired reviewers produce favorable online reviews. […]