Scandal- and bad-hair-ridden ex-Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich was spotted at the Flatiron offices of Macmillan, the book publisher. Blagojevich, who loves poetry as much as he loves profanity, must surely have a memoir in him.
Update: Blago's on the move! A tipster reports: "He's over @ Penguin now, a friend at the company tells me." Macmillan, Penguin, whoever — let's get this book going!
It is inevitable, after being impeached for trying to sell Barack Obama's Senate seat, that Blagojevich would try to milk his story for a hefty book advance. Isn't that what one does? Publishers have recently been rushing to give book deals to all sorts of people that no one likes.
But this man, a frequent quoter of Rudyard Kipling whom we have hailed as the next great Chicagoan poet, isn't just any scandal-ridden politician hoping to find a silver lining in his infamy. His mouth produces a special kind of American crazy, and we can't wait to see him fill a full-length autobiography with it. It would be a shame if he had to go through the same kind of protracted bidding war that Blagojevich allegedly wanted to stir up among Illinois's Senate hopefuls.
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