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WaPo Book Blog Goes Black

Steve Levingston penned a goodbye to his job as head of WaPo‘s “Political Bookworm” blog. The blog saw its final post yesterday. It’s safe to conclude that the early bird has eaten the worm. But Levingston offered readers zero explanation as to why the publication decided to abandon the blog.

“It’s time for Political Bookworm to close its doors,” Levingston wrote. “The range of books we’ve covered has spanned a wide spectrum: from tiny houses to major trade publishers to renowned university presses. We’ve had heated exchanges and thoughtful conversations — the signs of vibrant democratic life.”

WaPo‘s book coverage has waned in recent years. In January 2009, they shuttered the stand-alone Book World section and moved reviews to two pages within other sections.

Levingston isn’t leaving WaPo. He wrote that now he’ll be “writing for the Post in print and online” and editing nonfiction reviews for the publication.

FBDC asked Levingston the same question as a sole commenter on the blog’s final post: “Why?” Levingston never replied. We’ll update if he has anything to say.

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From the frozen food isle: Pizza and Cookies. Two of WaPo’s Ezra Klein‘s favorite foods all in one box.

TV journo doesn’t want to sit between two jumbo dudes

“Bumped on to morning flight. Swear to god I am sitting between two sumo wrestlers! My elbows are touching.” — ABC7 reporter Stephen Tschida in a Monday tweet on his flight to Miami. And then, a miracle. “Asked flight attendant to move me and she DID. Think she realized it would be torture stuffed between 2 very large passengers.” Our favorite wild train rider then shared this gem some 11 hours ago: “Think I have an ear infection. Kinda dizzy. Worried about live-shot standing on a box. I do NOT want to wind up a youtube sensation.” Famous last words.

WaPo editor to debut first play

Wash Post nonfiction editor Steve Levingston is having his 1st play produced @ Venus Theatre 3/17-20.” — WaPo Book World Editor Ron Charles in a Tuesday morning tweet. It’s called, “For the Love of Recovering Her Story.” described as ‘three fascinating historical women in three one-woman shows.”

Pertinent Q of the moment

“How much coke do you need to do to drive away a PORNSTAR? #sniffing” — The Daily Caller‘s Jim Treacher in a Monday tweet referencing Charlie Sheen and his goddesses.

Chelsea Handler wants to do very bad things to Mike Huckabee

“Mike Huckabee, he’s a real ass. He was defending Bristol Palin when she got pregnant and everybody was attacking her, saying leave the girl alone leave the girl alone. … But now that Natalie Portman because she’s so terrible Natalie Portman…I’d like to sit on Mike Huckabee’s head. Wouldn’t you just like to sit on it and beat the shit out of him? Him and what’s the other one, Bill O’Reilly. I cannot stand them at all.” — Late-night talk show host Chelsea Handler on Monday night’s show. Handler showed up to last year’s White House Correspondents’ Assoc. Dinner. We’ll see if she shows up again this year to find her pals Huckabee and O’Reilly.

From the WH Reporter Complaint Dept.

“WH not letting TV News cover Pres Obama’s fundraising speech today. Only a print pool reporter will cover for the rest of us. Yeah, I know.” — CBS White House Radio Correspondent Mark Knoller in a Tuesday tweet.

Journo doesn’t want to be ‘a dick’

“AOL stock closed low today. Want to be a dick about it, but @jonward11 joined HuffPo, so I am sending only good vibes thataway. #tribalshit” — The Daily Caller‘s (Daily Baller) Mike Riggs in a Monday tweet regarding his former colleague Jon Ward, who moved to The Daily and then a month later jumped ship for HuffPost.