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Nancy Of the Neighborhood, the Pelosi Political Girlhood in Baltimore



Thomas Roberts had a in-depth and finely-accessed interview with former [and furure] House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in all kinds of forms, Tuesday.

Here are just a couple. With a documentarian for a daughter, and being 'on camera' for so much of her modern life, Pelosi may be loosening up on the cam cam confessional moments. And she hit Colbert in the NYC also. Too.

Those unguarded glimpses are rare, like the elusive and/or mythical palimpsest, hidden text, of medieval and magical manuscript repute … and they offer one quite a different angle on the woman who reached the highest seat in the American political system yet via her Speaker Chair.


One down, two to go.

Roberts started his footage reveal on Way Too Early, we've already established that I adore Thomas, but Mika rubs me the wrong way five days a week. Then on to MJ.

At the end of the media experience, back at the Morning Joe Schmoe (blessedly absent) table, Roberts in real time in the 7:30 a.m. block asked Rep. Pelosi a phenomenal question about the problems at The Borders, in the wake of the news that Rick Perry is sending in the National Guard, Yee Haw, down in Texass.

Halperin pitched the political softballs. P-pew p-pew. Methinks the Speaker also too played softball in high school. In Baltimore.

The video footage that shows her softer side, walking around the old Charm City neighborhoods, are very illuminating. To think of Pelosi as one of those white be-gloved, fifties, early Mad Men Era 'political daughters' ... it's eye-popping. You also see strong Italian and Irish women in there, so it all makes perfect Lady Sense.

For fun and extra insights, Pelosi on Stephen Colbert last night, good timing.

Part 2.

Only Colbert gets those questions to land!


The Book Booth: Father's Day Edition


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The Book Booth is a weekly feature at The Political Carnival, relating news, notes, and reflections from the world of books and publishing. SeattleDan, along with his wife, SeattleTammy, are operators of both an on-line bookstore, as well a brick and mortar in small town Washington State. Both have been in the book business since shortly after the Creation, or close to 6000 years now.

A Happy Fathers Day to all you dads out there and fond remembrances for those who have left us. I hope you all enjoy a fine day of being treated to some of the nicer things in life. And speaking of Dads, the Christian Science Monitor featured some memorable fathers in literature. It's a good list, and I wholeheartedly recommend Richard Russo's Empire Falls which you'll find on the list here.

If you're still looking for a book gift for Dad, and he happens to be the rugged type, he may just enjoy Ernest Hemingway. Nancy Sindelar, who recently published a book on Papa's influences, posted this list of the best of his work and I would rank the books pretty much as she has. Including the rather high ranking for To Have and Have Not, which is usually dismissed as important.

Powells Books in Portland, Oregon, has a high profile already in our business. And it deserves it, being both huge and good in its selection of titles. And it remains an independent. Well, it turns out they have a big fan in the person of Stephen Colbert, no less.

This week we have not one, but two different quizzes on matching the title to the book jacket. The first, from The Guardian, isn't so daunting.

This quiz, from Publishers Weekly, however, is tough. Good luck to you, if you are playing along at home.  Quiz.

We now have a new US Poet Laureate! Charles Wright is well-deserving of the post and the honor. The New York Times had this appreciation of his career.  Charles Wright

Former poet laureate Donald Hall is now 86 and not writing much these days. He has a lifetime of fine poetry and books about baseball behind him. But he was moved to write a short poem about US Senate candidate Scott Brown. And it seems Donald Hall has little use for the man.

I've always thought poems should be read aloud. They are written for the ear and not the eye. So in that regard, The Guardian has a list of its favorite recordings of poems read aloud by their authors. And I did not know that Tennyson lived long enough to be recorded. How very cool.

Do you have trouble keeping literary movements straight? Have no fear, MentalFloss has found a way to explain all those realisms and other isms here for you.  Literary movements.

Lucian was kind enough to pass along this article to me and I like it. It sums up my attitude about reading, readers and books. Don't listen to those who would have you read only books on the canon. Read whatever you want and the rest be damned.  From Jezebel

A Happy Fathers Day to all you dads out there. And happy reading. Tell us what you are currently loving!


Bing, Bing, Bing -- America's Toast If Hillary Clinton Becomes President



We all know one of the most hysterical pieces of political satire came when Saturday Night Live had Tina Fey come out and read a speech as then Veep candidate Sarah Palin, exactly as delivered by the Alaska Governor. Fey didn't change a word and it brought the house down with laughter.

SNL, here's your next "exactly as is" moment -- only this time it's with Bill O'Reilly. He couldn't possibly be topped, not even with Stephen Colbert doing the narration. Just pure O'Reilly taking on women and Hillary Clinton in particular is priceless.

Take a look. You can't believe Bill with his "Bibbidy-Bobbidy-Boo mentality.


Stephen Colbert to succeed David Letterman as CBS "Late Show" host!


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Good news for late night viewers, Stephen Colbert is infiltrating CBS as the late night replacement for retiring David Letterman! The less good news: No more Colbert Report on Comedy Central.

He'll start next year.

Via USA Today:

Colbert, whose current contract expires at year end, signed a five-year deal to host the show, which will begin when Letterman decides to step down, probably sometime next summer.

"Simply being a guest on David Letterman's show has been a highlight of my career," Colbert said in a statement. "I never dreamed that I would follow in his footsteps, though everyone in late night follows Dave's lead. I'm thrilled and grateful that CBS chose me. Now, if you'll excuse me, I have to go grind a gap in my front teeth."

That's gold, network TV land, gold!