Your typical literary reading is not a thing that tends to lead to physical fights and broken glasses. But at last night's Vol. 1 Brooklyn, what was shaping up to be a harmonious meeting of literary minds turned into something a bit more dramatic.
After President Obama's inaugural address, Blanco delivered his original poem "One Today" before the Washington Mall. You should watch (and read) the whole thing.
Today in books: Elmore Leonard's new book comes out Tuesday, NPR picks the one poetry collection you need to buy this year, and Bill O'Reilly's Killing Lincoln is going to be a National Geographic documentary.
Today in books: A six-course Salman Rushdie-themed dinner could be yours for less than $100, poetry's tricky racial politics, and Nielsen BookScan announces the best-selling titles of 2011.
It seems there's a New York poets group chiefly populated by young attractive gay men (and their rich older benefactors) looking to get it on. Alas, you're not invited.
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