November 4, 2011
Observations, insinuations, ruminations and unvarnished opinions . . . FOUND MYSELF reminiscing about the good old National Basketball Association this week as season openers were officially scrubbed. It is more and more likely there will be no NBA basketball played in the 2011 portion of the 2011-12 season. Owners want a 50-50 split of the billions. Players want a 54-46 cut. Don't any of these guys read the Wall Street Journal ? You can understand how the lordly A's and bottom-feeding Phillies were able to coexist here for so many years before World War II. Baseball salaries were so low you could pay the help out of a cigar box containing the day's gate receipts.
September 20, 2011
I READ Ronnie Polaneczky's column about the book on Sarah Palin and was disgusted at the viciousness and hatred that poured from each sentence. Polaneczky starts by saying "look who just got interesting. " That a woman who ran for vice president, was a governor, and was a New York Times best-selling author, all while raising a family with a Down syndrome child, didn't get interesting to Polaneczky until nasty 25-year-old rumors come out about sex and drugs reveals a lot of ugliness in this writer.
September 20, 2011
The Rogue Searching for the Real Sarah Palin By Joe McGinniss Crown. 336 pp. $25 Reviewed by Michael Smerconish By now you've heard about a new book, The Rogue , concerning the behavior of a narcissistic public figure set in Alaska during the summer of 2010. What you wouldn't know until reading it is that the protagonist is its author, Joe McGinniss, not his purported subject, Sarah Palin. While the subtitle claims the work concerns "searching for the real Sarah Palin," it is instead the personal diary of an author trolling for rumor and innuendo while living directly next door to his subject for 3 1/2 months.
September 16, 2011 |
WASHINGTON - Sarah Palin's husband on Thursday called a book critical of his family "disgusting lies, innuendo and smears" as the former Alaska governor's camp sought to discredit a racy biography that includes allegations of infidelity and drug use. As Sarah Palin weighs a White House bid, her husband released a statement seeking to blunt the fallout from Joe McGinniss' The Rogue: Searching for the Real Sarah Palin. Palin allies also released another denial from the man alleged to have carried on an affair with Sarah Palin.
September 15, 2011
HERE'S a timeline of some of the naughty bits found in the new book from former Inquirer columnist Joe McGinniss, The Rogue: Searching for the Real Sarah Palin , as first reported by the National Enquirer yesterday. * Palin smoked pot with a professor while attending Mat-Su College in Alaska, McGinniss reports. The professor was reportedly the father of one of Palin's friends. * Palin, a cub TV sports reporter in Alaska, reportedly had a one-night stand with Glen Rice in 1987, then a junior at the University of Michigan and later an All-Star in the NBA. A friend told McGinniss that Palin had been the "aggressor" and "hauled his ass down.
September 15, 2011 |
WELL, LOOK who just got interesting! According to Joe McGinniss, author of the soon-to-be-released The Rogue: Searching for the Real Sarah Palin , the former Alaskan governor, pit-bull hockey mom, vice-presidential candidate and tea-party darling was a wild thing back in the day. In book excerpts printed yesterday by the National Enquirer , McGinniss reveals details of Palin's past that some will find salacious but I find run-of-the-mill....
September 11, 2011
You've done your beach reading; now it's time to brush off the sand, go inside, and curl up in a cozy chair with some of fall's best offerings. Do love and marriage really go together like a horse and carriage? Pulitzer-winning novelist Jeffrey Eugenides takes a mordant look at matrimony in The Marriage Plot . A slew of other notable novelists weigh in with new work, too, including Haruki Murakami, Russell Banks, Amitav Ghosh, Don DeLillo, and Stephen King. On the nonfiction side, Mark Bowden, who chronicled a shooting war in Black Hawk Down , turns to cyber-conflict in Worm: The First Digital World War . Best-selling author Joe McGinniss tells us all about Sarah Palin in The Rogue , Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr. leads us on a tour of African American history, Life Upon These Shores , and historian Ian Kershaw recounts the last days of the Third Reich in The End: The Defiance and Destruction of Hitler's Germany, 1944-1945 . Autobiographies abound, with memoirs from luminaries including Riccardo Muti, Joan Didion, Carrie Fisher, Diane Keaton, Harry Belafonte, and Roger Ebert.
May 29, 2010 |
A baby is on the way for Alicia and Swizz Alicia Keys' tummy bump is a baby bump, her reps have confirmed. The transcendentally beatific R&B singer is expecting her first child. The papa is Swizz Beatz, a (non-Swiss) producer much prized for his work with Beyonc? and Jay-Z. Alicia and Swizz (Kasseem Dean) collaborated on the suggestive tune "Put It in a Love Song," from her new CD. "Swizz and I started that song, and it created this really fun feeling," Alicia told USA Today in December.
May 29, 2010 |
Alicia Keys ' tummy bump is a baby bump, her reps have confirmed. The transcendentally beatific R&B singer is expecting her first child. The papa is Swizz Beatz , a (non-Swiss) producer much prized for his work with Beyoncé and Jay-Z . Alicia and Swizz ( Kasseem Dean ) collaborated on the suggestive tune "Put It in a Love Song," from her new CD. "Swizz and I started that song, and it created this really fun feeling," Alicia told USA Today in December. The feeling was so powerful, the couple plan to wed later this year.
April 20, 2008 |
Philadelphia newspaper readers will never forget Steve Lopez. In a city of great newspaper columnists, of Pete Dexter and Joe McGinniss, Lopez left his own distinctive mark, skewering the town's most Rabelaisian characters for more than a decade, from 1986 to 1997. For Lopez, City Hall was the Big Top, inhabited by the likes of the Boom-Boom Sisters, as he dubbed Councilwomen Joan Krajewski and Ann Land, and where money was squandered on frills such as the Councilmobile, which he once comically commandeered, only to discover it could barely lurch a block without stalling.