Contrast the creative output of our own politicians and ex-politicians, where - with the exception of the odd sex scene involving fruit in an Edwina Currie romp - opportunities for embarrassment are minimal. British politician-poets since the 17th century are almost unheard of. If MPs write fiction, rather than memoirs, diaries or biographies, they do it to make a fortune Jeffrey Archeroffer insider insights into Westminster Douglas Hurdsketch a leftwing vision of the future Chris Mullincombine page-turning derring-do with propaganda John Buchan, Winston Churchill's only novelor elegantly convey that they have a hinterland Ann Widdecombe, Roy Hattersley.
When it comes to politicos abandoning policy proposals for the art of fiction, Ralph Nader's puzzlingly bad new novel is hardly alone in coming up short. Other boldface Beltway names and Manhattan bloviators have face-planted their entrances to the literary world, too. While these efforts usually don't snag rave reviews, some have won a little respect from critics.
I thought the New Yorker piece, by Lauren Collins, was pretty hilarious, summing up Libby's dubious foray into the literary world and quoting choice excerpts from his book, which is available online for anyone who's curious. According to Collins, "Libby does not shy from the scatological. The narrative makes generous mention of lice, snot, drunkenness, bad breath, torture, urine, 'turds,' armpits, arm hair, neck hair, pubic hair, pus, boils, and blood regular and menstrual.
Lewis Libby is not a pornographer, and his literary novel, The Apprenticeis not pornography. It is a mistake to dismiss the book on such narrow grounds. To do so, in fact, is to ignore the insight it offers into the mind of its ambitious author.
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In OctoberLibby resigned from all three government positions after he was indicted on five counts by a federal grand jury concerning the investigation of the leak of the covert identity of Central Intelligence Agency officer Valerie Plame Wilson. After a failed appeal, President Bush commuted Libby's sentence of 30 months in federal prison, leaving the other parts of his sentence intact. LibbyLibby's license to practice law was suspended until being reinstated in
Let us briefly address a very specific subset of wretched writers. We speak of politicians and political pundits who decide that they are novelists and manage to get their novels published by large, well-known publishers. Or are we being cynical?
The novel, featuring a lesbian love affair, was brought up Friday amid a contentious Senate race in Virginia. Cheney, the wife of Vice President Dick Cheney, convinced the publisher not to reissue the book in during the presidential election. Her attorney told the media at the time that Cheney "did not think the book was her best work. Cheney's biography on the White House Web site says she is the author or co-author of nine books, and it lists six of them, but not "Sisters.
Vice President Dick Cheneyfirst published in hardback inreprinted in trade paperback inand reissued in mass market paperback in after Libby's indictment in the CIA leak grand jury investigation. It has been described as "a thriller After being published in hardback by Graywolf Press St.
Paul Minnesota, However, I have yet to see a review of this historical fiction by an historian or Japanese expert of any sort. But the historical and cultural setting — rural northern Japan, — is integral to the story and to the writing. A novel by an American author set in Meiji Japan including entirely Japanese characters is a rare thing, and so my interest was piqued.