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The Media Has Only Scratched The Surface Of Donald Trump's Business Record

The Huffington Post | Michael Calderone | Posted 03.04.2016 | Media

NEW YORK -- Wayne Barrett had considered his 1992 book on Donald Trump to be a commercial flop. Though Trump was “king of the hill” when Barrett s...

The Rucksack: What One Woman Carried Home From War

Lisa M. Van Wormer | Posted 08.13.2016 | Impact
Lisa M. Van Wormer

One of the many challenges of being a woman in the Army was that your hair always had to be in regulations: either cut into a bob that did not touch your collar or pulled back into a tight bun. Even in a sand storm, even under a Velcro-strapped Kevlar helmet, perfection was required.

Buck Wolf

The Pain-Proof Life Of Kali Von Wunderkammer | Buck Wolf | Posted 06.02.2015 | Weird News

You can't enjoy every naughty delight in New Orleans simply by tossing beads at a stranger. This week's HuffPost Weird News explores the Crescent C...

Boyhood at Twilight: John Hampsey's Memoir 'Kaufman's Hill'

Elan Barnehama | Posted 06.08.2015 | Home
Elan Barnehama

Unlike many memoirs, Kaufman's Hill, John Hampsey's remembrance of his boyhood in a middle-class Catholic Pittsburg neighborhood, is not a born out of an intense personal experience or extreme personal adventure.

Eight Reasons You Should Go to MerleFest 2015

Lisa Snedeker | Posted 05.22.2015 | Entertainment
Lisa Snedeker

If you are already a fan of MerleFest, then you can skip to No. 1. For the uninitiated, however, MerleFest is the younger, Eastern cousin of the Telluride Bluegrass Festival. I discovered this gem of Americana festivals more than a decade ago after I moved to North Carolina from spending nearly a decade out West attending Telluride.

The Book I Never Thought I'd Read With My Daughter

Off The Shelf | Posted 03.24.2015 | Home
Off The Shelf

By Sheila Curry Oakes for Off the Shelf "Mom, were you alive during the Vietnam War?" My middle school daughter often "fact checks" history versus my...

Seven Questions With Tim O'Brien

Lisa Snedeker | Posted 02.28.2015 | Entertainment
Lisa Snedeker

I had a chance to catch up with O'Brien in Henry County over Memorial Day weekend at Rooster Walk 6, where we talked about the future of bluegrass and why Americana music seems to resonate with an expanding audience.

The Great War, Literature, and Us

Greg Garrett | Posted 10.04.2014 | Home
Greg Garrett

This morning, on the one hundred year anniversary of Britain's declaration of war against Germany and entry in what was to be known as The Great War, I attended a memorial Eucharist at Gladstone's Library in Hawarden, Wales.

Playboy Model Swallows It All For This Man

The Huffington Post | Andy Campbell and Buck Wolf | Posted 07.25.2014 | Weird News

Ward Hall can get people to do anything. The circus legend has hung out with men who lift bowling balls with their nipples, women who impale themse...

A Freaky Toast To A Freaky Man

Huffington Post | Buck Wolf | Posted 07.24.2014 | Weird News

Seventy years ago, a 14-year-old boy ran off and joined the circus -- and the fun has yet to end. Back then, Adolf Hitler had a grip on Europe, and...

So You Want To Be A Sideshow Star? Ask This Man!

The Huffington Post | David Moye | Posted 01.29.2014 | Weird News

Ever thought about running off to join the circus or sideshow, but didn't know where to start? An event taking place in Tampa this weekend may help...

Conversations With Mark Knopfler, James Blunt and The 5 Browns, Galen Hawthorne's Control Review, Plus Damien Escobar, Piers Faccini and Fink Exclusives

Mike Ragogna | Posted 12.07.2013 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

"I've always been a roots enthusiast really, it's always been based around the blues and folk music, so there are large areas of influence there. I didn't just want to just make a straight blues album."

Life Of Sideshow Legend Subject Of New Kickstarter Campaign

The Huffington Post | David Moye | Posted 08.04.2013 | Weird News

The man known as "King of the Sideshows" is now becoming the main attraction of a new book and Kickstarter campaign. Ward Hall, who at 83 years old...

Michael Calderone

Bloomberg View Expands With Jon Landman Hire And More Jeffrey Goldberg | Michael Calderone | Posted 04.10.2013 | Media

NEW YORK -– Bloomberg View, the news organization's nearly 2-year-old opinion section, has hired veteran journalist Jonathan Landman to the newly cr...

BELIEVE IT OR NOT: Ripley's Offers Free Admission After Doomsday!

The Huffington Post | David Moye | Posted 12.18.2012 | Weird News

The alleged end of the world could be great for people who like weird things and bargains. Ripley's Believe It Or Not! is offering free admission t...

Eve of Destruction 2.0

Doug Bradley | Posted 12.29.2012 | College
Doug Bradley

It's a pipe dream, but what if our leadership was responsible for being on the lines instead of just signing off on the next battle?

The Lincoln Conspiracy

Posted 09.10.2012 | Home

The following is the first chapter of "The Lincoln Conspiracy" (Ballantine Books, $26), a new historical thriller by Timothy L. O'Brien, Executive Edi...

The Storyteller & Paradise Lost: Conversations With Todd Snider and Great American Taxi's Vince Herman

Mike Ragogna | Posted 02.27.2012 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna


Two Hats For Today's Writers (and 10 Awful Truths)

Christopher Meeks | Posted 02.17.2012 | Home
Christopher Meeks

Today's writer needs to wear two hats: those of the artist and of the marketer.

Hymns, Harrows, Harvests & More: Chatting with John Hiatt, Gillian Welch and Umphrey's McGee's Joel Cummins

Mike Ragogna | Posted 10.02.2011 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

John Hiatt's new album Dirty Jeans And Mudslide Hymns kicks off with a pretty universally themed song, "Damn This Town." It's true, no matter what town you grow up in, every kid can't wait to get out of it.

David Moye

Ripley's Introduces World's First Sword Swallowing App: iSword | David Moye | Posted 10.02.2011 | Weird News

Sword swallowing isn't for everyone. In fact, it's for hardly anyone, which is why there are only a few dozen professionals swallowing swords. "It ...

Scars On 45's New Video and Download, Plus Chatting with Vanessa Carlton, Dan Bern and David Bromberg

Mike Ragogna | Posted 09.25.2011 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

Here's the latest video by the Chop Shop Records' act Scars On 45, the title track to their Give Me Something EP.

What It's Like to Live Next to Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining

Frances Beinecke | Posted 08.02.2011 | Green
Frances Beinecke

The Last Mountain shows that people living near these mines pay a high price for America's addiction to fossil fuels.

Mollie O'Brien: New CD, Saintly Sinnin' Sound

Sharon Glassman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Sharon Glassman

Denver-based, nationally adored Americana singer Mollie O'Brien's big musical "Yes" started with a big New York City "No."

25 Novels You Can Read on a Beach Without Embarrassing Yourself (PHOTOS, POLL)

Jesse Kornbluth | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Jesse Kornbluth

This summer, I'm thinking Reading Lite. An iced drink, (make mine an Arnold Palmer). A cool breeze. A careful application of sunscreen. A thin book, so I can get through it and still grab some zzzs. Books like these.