- The Washington Times - Monday, August 21, 2006

Pining for Whitney

Osama bin Laden has more on his mind than just the destruction of the United States — the world’s most wanted terrorist is obsessed with Whitney Houston, so much so that he’s even mulled a hit on her hubby, Bobby Brown, the New York Post reports.

Kola Boof, 37, the Sudanese poet and novelist who claims to have once been bin Laden’s sex slave, writes in her autobiography, “Diary of a Lost Girl,” which is excerpted in the September issue of Harper’s: “He told me Whitney Houston was the most beautiful woman he’d ever seen.”

Miss Boof — a former writer for the soap opera “Days of Our Lives” — continues, “He said that he had a paramount desire for [Houston], and although he claimed music was evil, he spoke of someday spending vast amounts of money to go to America and try to arrange a meeting.”

Miss Boof also says bin Laden couldn’t stop talking about his favorite singer and had lofty plans for her. “He said he wanted to give [her] a mansion that he owned in a suburb of Khartoum. He explained to me that to possess Whitney, he would be willing to break his color rule and make her one of his wives.”

But bin Laden’s murderous side also emerged in his fantasies about the pop superstar. “[He would say] how beautiful she is,” Miss Boof claims, “what a nice smile she has, how truly Islamic she is but is just brainwashed by American culture and by her husband — Bobby Brown, whom bin Laden talked about having killed, as if it were normal to have women’s husbands killed.”

Coleridge papers sold

The British Library has purchased a valuable archive from the family of Samuel Taylor Coleridge that portrays the clan’s affectionate, if slightly bemused, view of its “presiding genius,” Associated Press reports.

In the nearly two centuries since Coleridge’s death, the papers have been kept by family members in the village of Ottery St. Mary in Devon, southwest England, where the creator of “Kubla Khan” and “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner” was born.

Highlights include a previously unknown manuscript of two of Coleridge’s poems, written in his own hand, and many reminiscences of the poet in the letters and diaries of other family members. There are also letters from eminent Victorians who were friends of the Coleridges, including the poet Matthew Arnold, Prime Minister William Ewart Gladstone, the leading clericCardinal John Newman and architect Augustus Pugin.

Frances Harris, the library’s head of modern historical manuscripts, says there were more than 350 bound manuscripts and 29 cardboard boxes of loose correspondence, which will take a library staffer up to a year to catalog.

Comic fest bans Dick

Andy Dick’s bizarre behavior at Comedy Central’s roast of William Shatner has gotten him banned from the New York City Underground Comedy festival next month, the New York Post reports. According to published reports, Mr. Dick licked the faces of Farrah Fawcett, Carrie Fisher and Patton Oswalt before groping and biting the hand of New York Post reporter Mandy Stadtmiller. Festival spokesman Ryan McCormick says the ban will be rescinded only if Mr. Dick wears a Hannibal Lecter mask, gets a doctor’s note saying he has had tetanus shots and agrees to buy Miss Stadtmiller an “all-expense paid vacation to Hawaii.”

Compiled by Robyn-Denise Yourse from Web and wire reports

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