Hasta Nolita Baby
Bill Bratton believes in the power of a good book.
The city’s new police commissioner often credits a children’s book named “Your Police” with inspiring his early interest in police work. And on Wednesday, he visited the New York Public Library’s Jefferson Market branch to share his love of reading with a new generation of New Yorkers.
Former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger held an impromptu book signing at indie bookstore McNally-Jackson in Nolita this afternoon. Mr. Schwarzenegger announced the surprise signing via Twitter and in a note on Facebook leading a crowd of over 100 almost exclusively male fans to rush downtown to shake the Governator’s large hand and have him sign copies of his tome Total Recall: My Unbelievably True Life Story.
Conservative Florida Congressman Allen West is having a fundraiser in New York City October 1, however, in spite of what the invitation says, he won’t be holding the event in a Meatpacking District nightclub that is at least a decade past its heyday, Lotus. The official invite for the luncheon says it will be held at “The Lotus Club,” which has been closed for years. Mr. West’s event is actually being held at The Lotos Club, a private “literary club” on the Upper East Side.
Today, political types were focused on the literary works of L. Ron Hubbard, bad hair days and beefing with their peers. Here’s our roundup of the day’s best Tweets from the campaign trail.
Earlier this evening National Review blogger Katrina Trinko published a story accusing Democratic Massachusetts Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren of plagiarizing a passage in the book she co-wrote with her daughter, All Your Worth: The Ultimate Money Lifetime Plan. One hour and five minutes later, Ms. Trinko published a correction apologizing for the story.
“I took down my earlier post on Elizabeth Warren plagiarizing from the book Getting On the Money Track,” Ms. Trinko said. “I apologize for the error.”
A new biography of President Barack Obama by Dave Maraniss reveals the “New York girlfriend” described in the president’s 1995 memoir, Dreams of My Father, was actually a “compression” combining stories from several women he dated over the years.
“During an interview in the Oval Office, Obama acknowledged that, while Genevieve was his New York girlfriend, the description in his memoir was a “compression” of girlfriends, including one who followed Genevieve [Cook] when he lived in Chicago,” Mr. Maraniss wrote.
To hear Charlie Rangel tell it, he received his congressional district in 1970 as a birthday present from Governor Nelson Rockefeller. Mr. Rangel described his gift from the governor in a little noticed portion of his 2007 autobiography, And I Haven’t Had a Bad Day Since. It’s an interesting tale to revisit in light of the current race for Mr. Rangel’s seat and the furor over the shape of the district that defined this year’s redistricting process.
It was a summer day and the man who is now the fourth most senior in the the House of Representatives was in his second term as a New York State assemblyman and preparing to make a run for Congress against a powerful incumbent, Adam Clayton Powell. Mr. Rockefeller called Mr. Rangel to an office in the State Capitol building in Albany.
“There were all these guys on the floor poring over a map of the state of New York. They had slide rules and string, and grease pencils and data about the population of the various counties and cities from the recent census,” Mr. Rangel wrote. “They were actually drawing the congressional district reapportionment lines for the 1970 elections.”
Mr. Rockefeller smiled, wished him happy birthday and handed him a pencil.
“I proceeded to draw myself a wicked district in Manhattan,” Mr. Rangel wrote.
The Fabulist Life
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand launched an online book club today affiliated with her Off The Sidelines campaign to get women more involved in politics.
“Off The Sidelines is about bringing women’s voices to the forefront. So we’re starting a book club that focuses on the issues and stories that are important to us,” Senator Gillibrand wrote in an email inviting supporters to join the club.
Florida Senator Marco Rubio’s life story might not be true, but it still landed him a book deal. Sentinel, a division of the Penguin Group, has purchased the rights to Senator Rubio’s as-yet-untitled tale of his family’s journey from Cuba to the United States. Back in October, Senator Rubio’s migration saga was the subject of a Washington Post investigation that identified inconsistencies in his personal narrative.