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Book Review: Crazy Town, by Robyn DoolittleThat anyone can feel that they know Rob Ford is thanks in large part to the growing thicket of City Hall reporters who surround him, and Robyn Doolittle in particular. Doolittle is the Toronto Star staffer best known for chasing a surreptitiously recorded video of the mayor smoking crack, and her exhaustive reporting has regularly thrown light on the darkest parts of Ford’s life, work she continues in her new book, Crazy Town. And they sure are dark: a brother, Randy, and sister, Kathy, with long criminal records; a marriage dotted with 911 calls; enough vodka bottles to stock an LCBO; and drugs, lots of drugs: crack, weed, cocaine, Oxi and heroin all make appearances. Those paying attention to Rob Ford as an Etobicoke councillor — it feels like a hundred lifetimes ago — all knew he’d make a bad mayor. But no one without the last name “Ford” could have imagined that a year before his first term as the head of the city was up, there’d already be enough material for a 300-and-something page tell-all, much less that it would be published by an imprint of Penguin: natpo.st/1fzUzxB

Book Review: Crazy Town, by Robyn Doolittle

That anyone can feel that they know Rob Ford is thanks in large part to the growing thicket of City Hall reporters who surround him, and Robyn Doolittle in particular. Doolittle is the Toronto Star staffer best known for chasing a surreptitiously recorded video of the mayor smoking crack, and her exhaustive reporting has regularly thrown light on the darkest parts of Ford’s life, work she continues in her new book, Crazy Town. And they sure are dark: a brother, Randy, and sister, Kathy, with long criminal records; a marriage dotted with 911 calls; enough vodka bottles to stock an LCBO; and drugs, lots of drugs: crack, weed, cocaine, Oxi and heroin all make appearances. Those paying attention to Rob Ford as an Etobicoke councillor — it feels like a hundred lifetimes ago — all knew he’d make a bad mayor. But no one without the last name “Ford” could have imagined that a year before his first term as the head of the city was up, there’d already be enough material for a 300-and-something page tell-all, much less that it would be published by an imprint of Penguin: natpo.st/1fzUzxB

Tagged with:  #Rob Ford  #Books  #Toronto  #Canada  #Crazy Town
Rob Ford saga gets the Ken Burns treatment in David Letterman’s ‘The Statement,’ starring Jennifer Lawrence, Jonah Hill and more: Watch
Just when you thought late-night TV was done with Rob Ford, the after-11 set takes another — ahem — crack at the beleaguered Toronto mayor.
On Wednesday night, David Letterman’s Late Show aired a Ken Burns-style segment called The Statement, which featured famous faces from Jennifer Lawrence to Martha Stewart reciting segments of Ford’s various confessions and apologies in recent weeks: natpo.st/Itg2OG

Rob Ford saga gets the Ken Burns treatment in David Letterman’s ‘The Statement,’ starring Jennifer Lawrence, Jonah Hill and more: Watch

Just when you thought late-night TV was done with Rob Ford, the after-11 set takes another — ahem — crack at the beleaguered Toronto mayor.

On Wednesday night, David Letterman’s Late Show aired a Ken Burns-style segment called The Statement, which featured famous faces from Jennifer Lawrence to Martha Stewart reciting segments of Ford’s various confessions and apologies in recent weeks: natpo.st/Itg2OG

This is how George W. Bush feels about Rob Ford

Or at least how the former U.S. president felt about being asked by Jay Leno whether he had any advice for the Toronto mayor: natpo.st/17LnXSw

'WOW! … that’s a lot of crack': Saturday Night Live takes apart Rob Ford in epic show opening
Saturday Night Live has joined its late night TV brethern in claiming a stake in the Rob Ford comedy gold mine, lampooning Toronto’s embattled mayor over his erratic behaviour.

'WOW! … that’s a lot of crack': Saturday Night Live takes apart Rob Ford in epic show opening

Saturday Night Live has joined its late night TV brethern in claiming a stake in the Rob Ford comedy gold mine, lampooning Toronto’s embattled mayor over his erratic behaviour.

‘It’s like Toronto has a 400-pound Andy Dick running the city’

Toronto mayor Rob Ford was — again — the butt of late-night jokes on Wednesday as Leno, Kimmel, Fallon and Conan all poked fun at the mayor’s city-council circus on Wednesday: natpo.st/18vVQBF

Jon Stewart takes on Rob Ford ‘first-degree murder’ video: ‘It looks like outtakes from Tommy Boy’
For the third consecutive night, Daily Show host Jon Stewart featured beleaguered Toronto mayor Rob Ford on the Comedy Central show, this time focusing a video released Wednesday that has Rob Ford apparently threatening murder: natpo.st/1hqcBrw

Jon Stewart takes on Rob Ford ‘first-degree murder’ video: ‘It looks like outtakes from Tommy Boy’

For the third consecutive night, Daily Show host Jon Stewart featured beleaguered Toronto mayor Rob Ford on the Comedy Central show, this time focusing a video released Wednesday that has Rob Ford apparently threatening murder: natpo.st/1hqcBrw

Tagged with:  #Rob Ford  #Toronto  #Jon Stewart  #TV

"What happens in a drunken stupor stays in a drunken stupor. Unless [someone] tapes it"
Parks and Recreation star Jim O’Heir appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live as Toronto Mayor Rob Ford last night. Watch the segment here: http://natpo.st/1iPlJ4h

"What happens in a drunken stupor stays in a drunken stupor. Unless [someone] tapes it"

Parks and Recreation star Jim O’Heir appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live as Toronto Mayor Rob Ford last night. Watch the segment here: http://natpo.st/1iPlJ4h

Everyone on late-night TV last night was talking about ‘Chris Farley tribute mayor Rob Ford’
It wasn’t just usual suspects Colbert and Stewart: Conan O’Brien, Craig Ferguson and Jimmy Kimmel all took, ahem, cracks at Toronto’s beleaguered mayor. Watch them here: natpo.st/17EOfX6

Everyone on late-night TV last night was talking about ‘Chris Farley tribute mayor Rob Ford’

It wasn’t just usual suspects Colbert and Stewart: Conan O’Brien, Craig Ferguson and Jimmy Kimmel all took, ahem, cracks at Toronto’s beleaguered mayor. Watch them here: natpo.st/17EOfX6

'I don’t love women writers enough to teach them': Giller-nominated author and University of Toronto teacher on why he only teaches books by men
David Gilmour has never been afraid to speak his mind. In a 2011 interview with the National Post, he admitted wanting to “beat the living s–t” out of a critic who’d given him a bad review and spoke at length about how much he hated socializing with fellow Canadian authors, whom he labelled “insecure.” His words have finally come back to haunt him. On Wednesday, Hazlitt, an online magazine published by Random House of Canada, posted a story by Emily M. Keeler — who, full disclosure, writes reviews for the Post — about the 63-year-old Gilmour, who spent over a decade working for the CBC as a film critic and arts reporter. In the article, about his bookshelves, Gilmour said, among other things, that “I’m not interested in teaching books by women” and “I don’t love women writers enough to teach them, if you want women writers go down the hall. What I teach is guys. Serious heterosexual guys.” Gilmour, whose latest novel, Extraordinary, was recently longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, tried to explain himself to Books Editor Mark Medley. (Photo: Della Rollins for National Post)

'I don’t love women writers enough to teach them': Giller-nominated author and University of Toronto teacher on why he only teaches books by men

David Gilmour has never been afraid to speak his mind. In a 2011 interview with the National Post, he admitted wanting to “beat the living s–t” out of a critic who’d given him a bad review and spoke at length about how much he hated socializing with fellow Canadian authors, whom he labelled “insecure.” His words have finally come back to haunt him. On Wednesday, Hazlitt, an online magazine published by Random House of Canada, posted a story by Emily M. Keeler — who, full disclosure, writes reviews for the Post — about the 63-year-old Gilmour, who spent over a decade working for the CBC as a film critic and arts reporter. In the article, about his bookshelves, Gilmour said, among other things, that “I’m not interested in teaching books by women” and “I don’t love women writers enough to teach them, if you want women writers go down the hall. What I teach is guys. Serious heterosexual guys.” Gilmour, whose latest novel, Extraordinary, was recently longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, tried to explain himself to Books Editor Mark Medley. (Photo: Della Rollins for National Post)