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Sunday, September 4, 2016

The Writer's Life 9/4 - Interesting News Items & Conspiracy Theories

There are a lot of interesting items in today's NY Post. Former NYC mayor David Dinkins, 89, is accused of injuring a bicycle delivery man in a hit-and-run accident. The guy suffered a broken ankle and is suing. Dinkins claims he was hurrying to the hospital to visit his wife, who was undergoing a delicate procedure. Maybe he would fare better by using the Seinfeld Uncle Leo defense. Caught stealing books, which poured from underneath his coat, UL said: "I'm an old man; I'm confused."... Every once in a while a know-it-all will stop at the floating book shop and declare that print is dead. I always respond that there is still a large, though diminished, market for it. A recent poll of readers' preferences corroborates this. It breaks down this way: 78% any format, 65% print, 28% E-books, 14% audio. I'm surprised. I thought the 50-50 point had been reached... Larry Getlen devotes his article to a new book, Seoul Man by Frank Ahrens, who spent three years as a corporate exec in South Korea. The natives have the highest rate of plastic surgery in the world. They scoff at what they dub the American hypocrisy that looks don't matter in terms of achieving success. Also, the average Korean consumes 11 shots of booze per week. Drinking is expected in terms of bonding between people in business... Chuck Zukowski, a UFO investigator, is profiled in a coming book, The 37th Parallel by Ben Mezrich. Of the 1000 incidents Zukowski has investigated, 200 have occurred in that latitude, specifically an area that encompasses parts of Utah, Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Kansas and Oklahoma... And in the Weird But True column: A New Jersey cop was busted for having sex with a prostitute while on duty. His name? William H. Dick III.

My thanks to the gentleman who bought the David Baldacci thriller, The Winner, and to B.S. Bob, who purchased a pictorial on modern art for his granddaughter, who is attending the Fashion Institute of Technology. His grandson is in his freshman year at Fordham -- and already is not answering his phone. Bob is still fixated on the conspiracy theory that the Clintons had JFK Jr. killed so that he would not run for the NY senate seat Hillary coveted. He believes the Trump team will soon drop that bombshell on the campaign. Billary can counter the claim with another theory -- Junior was killed because he was about to air proof that his dad was killed at the behest of the first President Bush, a CIA operative at the time. Some people are crazy. Both theories can be found through a simple google search.
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