“Well, Trump’s only running for leader of the free world. I think the guy interests everyone, regardless of politics, through his sheer, unmitigated audacity,” comments award-winning reporter and popular humorist Hart Seely III ’74 when asked what inspired him to write his new book, “Bard of the Deal.”
His book is a compilation of the verbatim of U.S. Presidential Candidate Donald Trump from various speeches, interviews and tweets formatted into poetry. “First and foremost, this book is meant to make people laugh,” Seely says. “These poems are not just ‘quotes.’ They seldom say anything about politics, or business, or culture, but they say a lot about Trump.”
After graduating from Hobart, Seely worked in radio and then served as a VISTA volunteer and neighborhood organizer. He eventually settled into newspaper reporting, working for several years at The Post-Standard in Syracuse, N.Y. During his career, Seely won a number of national awards, including the National Children’s Express Award for Investigative Journalism, the Clarion Award for Investigative Journalism and the American Association of Sunday and Feature Editors Award for short feature writing. Seely also has written several books, including his memoir “The Juju Rules: Or, How to Win Ballgames from Your Couch.”
“Over the years, I began to realize how much I was drawing on the things I’d learned at Hobart as a political science major,” says Seely, who also played lacrosse as a student. “I owe a great deal to professors like Joe DiGangi, Anne Hopkins and Jim Spates.”
Seely currently is working on several projects. “Some will never see the light of day. Maybe one will turn out to be the best thing I ever did. As a writer, that’s how you keep going. You always tell yourself that the next one will be the one.”
The book is available at the College Store, on Amazon and at Barnes & Noble.