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  sexy contests

Which Terrible Picture of Bill Maher vs. The Pope Won Our Ticket Contest?

Because of the upcoming April 1 performance of teevee’s anti-Jesus person Bill Maher at the Bethesda Strathmore Music Center, we had a pair of tickets to give away to the Wonkette reader who could make the most troubling computer image of Maher mud wrestling St. Joseph Ratzinger, the famous Nazi Hero who recently became the Pope of Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich. Which picture won the tickets? Was it this one? Or was it one of the other Top Six Finalists? WHO WILL WIN, etc. Read more on Which Terrible Picture of Bill Maher vs. The Pope Won Our Ticket Contest?…
  shockers

Sarah Palin Giving Extremely Secretive Speech Tonight

If you live in Wisconsin, then… sorry? What were we going to write about here… ah, yes: if you live in Wisconsin, then you should go see Sarah Palin speak tonight! She will be making an appearance in Milwaukee on behalf of Wisconsin Right to Life, presumably the anti-capital punishment outfit up there. Only caveat: you cannot bring anything to this event. Anything at all. After tonight, Sarah Palin would like there to be no proof that she was ever in Milwaukee. (And maybe she isn’t!) Read more on Sarah Palin Giving Extremely Secretive Speech Tonight…
  the alaskan howard hughes

Looks Like Sarah Palin Has Bagged On Yet Another Fundraiser

NEWS SHOCKER: Meg Stapleton, holder of the World’s Worst Job as spokeswoman for an increasingly fragile and erratic unemployed publicity hound, had to once again explain at the very last minute how Sarah Palin would not be headlining an event that the event organizers thought she would be headlining. This happens every five days or so, so Meg should probably just have some boilerplate text cooked up to explain these embarrassing incidents. Read more on Looks Like Sarah Palin Has Bagged On Yet Another Fundraiser…
  wrapped up in books

The Week In Catastrophe: Health Care, Hurricane Katrina, 25 Year-Old Thrice-Published Novelists

Books this week are all about devastation: There are a few about our economy and health care system, oh and one that is a chilling testament to the impossibly tragic early onslaught of ennui that befalls New York City private school kids every year. Plus, it is also the anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, a terrible American disaster. Read more on The Week In Catastrophe: Health Care, Hurricane Katrina, 25 Year-Old Thrice-Published Novelists…
  wrapped up in books

Last Week: So Fun It’s Happening Again This Week

So, here’s the thing: many of last week’s Wrapped Up in Books featured events—like a few things at Politics & Prose, which was basically everything—actually correspond to this week. Calendars, right? Anyway, this is actually terrific news for anyone who regretted missing out on James Wood and Co. the first time, as this is one of those rare instances in which you get a second chance. History is a nightmare from which you can awake! Read more on Last Week: So Fun It’s Happening Again This Week…
  wrapped up in books

Hey D.C.: Books Have 0% Humidity

The delights of mid-August in Washington D.C. are innumerable, truly. Now add “America’s most controversial Saul Bellow-enthusiast James Wood,” “Helene Cooper,” and “other things” to this ever-growing list of available pleasantries. Read more on Hey D.C.: Books Have 0% Humidity…
  wrapped up in books

Barbara Boxer’s New Dick Cheney Hate Fiction And Other Stories

“Quality, not quantity” is an epigram that’s in favor with people who realize that they do not have a sufficient amount of a thing. So, in maybe related news: why, look how many famous authors and Senators from California are in DC this week, peddling everything from memoirs to barely fictionalized romans a clefs about similarly named Senators from California! Read more on Barbara Boxer’s New Dick Cheney Hate Fiction And Other Stories…
  wrapped up in books

A Very—What’s A Neutral Word Here—Manageable Local Readings Schedule

Oh man it is August so soon, and to celebrate, famous socialist bookstore Politics & Prose has declined to schedule any readings this weekend. Less is more, right? Especially when it comes to actual events that usually exist. No worries, there are still weekday goings-on relating to chimerical war criminal Donald Rumsfeld and a special celebrity appearance by a fella who says he works for Joe Biden. Read more on A Very—What’s A Neutral Word Here—Manageable Local Readings Schedule…
  wrapped up in books

How Cheeky Is Too Cheeky? A Discussion About Non-Fiction And Puns

Mid-July is famous for being consistently and dependably eventful, so it is not surprising in the slightest that this week isn’t an insignificant one, relatively, judging by the offerings of DC’s local bookstores. For one, there’s Busted, the latest example of the popular new genre that is sweeping publishing: the pun-dependent real estate exegesis. And as soon as someone takes screenshots of these books and uploads these photos to a Tumblr, that too can be a book. There’s also Kate Christensen, Slate‘s Fred Kaplan, and a 9/11 truth scavenger hunt with a pre-arranged encore Powerpoint. Read more on How Cheeky Is Too Cheeky? A Discussion About Non-Fiction And Puns… Read more on How Cheeky Is Too Cheeky? A Discussion About Non-Fiction And Puns…
  wrapped up in books

Celebrate the 4th of July By Reading Books On the 3rd and 5th

How are you celebrating Jeff Goldblum and Bill Pullman’s victory over the aliens? Wonkette recommends indulging in such earthly freedoms as “third parties,” hallucinogens, and atypical products of M.F.A. programs! Ralph Nader will be around to answer your questions, and Reif Larsen will be around, to tactfully evade your advances. There’s also more, so much more. Read more on Celebrate the 4th of July By Reading Books On the 3rd and 5th…
  wrapped up in books

Here’s The Catch: You Must Choose Between Joseph O’Neill And Cokie Roberts’ Socialist Realist Classic-To-Be, “Ladies Of Liberty”

Recall last summer: it was the summer of Joseph O’Neill’s Netherland, the most important book liked by people wearing the most important-looking glasses. It seems O’Neill has journeyed from that wire-rimmed menagerie of the psyche to Politics & Prose, where all such odysseys of the soul must, and do, eventually terminate. Plus, David Makovsky is a gentleman who will be arguing that some of the US’s terrible Middle East policies really came about because of “miscommunications.” Obviously this is terrific news, as it is written in the Social Contract that if a problem occurs because of a Miscommunication, alcohol or a lack of cell phone reception, then no party can be held accountable, for anything. Twitter.com/socialcontract (1762), by Rousseau. Look it up. Read more on Here’s The Catch: You Must Choose Between Joseph O’Neill And Cokie Roberts’ Socialist Realist Classic-To-Be, “Ladies Of Liberty”…
  wonkette literary corner

An Interview With Grant Ginder, Writer Of Washington Fictions

Your Wonkette recently had the pleasure of interviewing Center for American Progress speechwriter and “nouveau literature author” Grant Ginder, who’s just had his first novel, This Is How It Starts, published by Simon and Schuster. It’s in book stores everywhere! But what is it about? The novel follows young Taylor Mark, who moves to Washington D.C. shortly after college and discovers how terrible it is, maybe. Then he runs around and whines like a bitch for a while and even goes to one very important Late Night Shots party. But it’s funny! Roll Call is raving! After the jump, the text our our very embarrassing Gchat conversation with Grant about Mike Allen and the Politico, as well as pictures from last week’s book release party in a Georgetown bar that is literally owned by Ralph Lauren Polo. Read more on An Interview With Grant Ginder, Writer Of Washington Fictions…
  wrapped up in books

Susan Sontag, David Ignatius, And Brooklyn, Right Here In DC

It is like college here in DC this week: there is an opportunity for free food that can be capitalized upon by pretending to be interested in the publication of something—plus a bonus Susan Sontag salon. Plus, that quintessential collegiate particular: fictitious tales about Brooklyn! Read more on Susan Sontag, David Ignatius, And Brooklyn, Right Here In DC…
  wrapped up in books

George Pelecanos, Colson Whitehead, And Bonus Other People Stop By DC

BIG THINGS on the DC book circuit this week. For instance: your third-favorite Wire personality George Pelecanos (after David Simon and Omar), in addition to Colon Whitehead! Plus, go check out the Arab-American Handbook: A Guide to the Arab, Arab-American & Muslim Worlds, the hotly anticipated fan-written prequel to Barack Obama’s bildungsroman, The Marx-Engels Reader: Die Träume Von Meinem Vater. Read more on George Pelecanos, Colson Whitehead, And Bonus Other People Stop By DC…