Oh, my God, reading reading Michiko Kakutani's review of former President Bill Clinton's memoir, My Life, provided so many laughs in the morning. It's Michiko at her book report bitchiest, calling it "hurriedly written and even more hurriedly edited." Bill was probably feeling the pain while reading it. She's so becoming the secret poster girl of the Republicans this summer. A sampling:
The book, which weighs in at more than 950 pages, is sloppy, self-indulgent and often eye-crossingly dull the sound of one man prattling away, not for the reader, but for himself and some distant recording angel of history.
...In fact, "My Life" reads like a messy pastiche of everything that Mr. Clinton ever remembered and wanted to set down in print; he even describes the time he got up at 4 a.m. to watch the inaugural ceremonies for Nigeria's new president on TV. There are endless litanies of meals eaten, speeches delivered, voters greeted and turkeys pardoned...There are some revealing complaints about missteps at the FBI under Louis Freeh's watch , but there are also dozens of pointless digressions about matters like zombies in Haiti and ruins in Pompeii.
There are zombies in Haiti? Maybe Bill Clinton can write movies next! The Washington Post's Howard Kurtz says Clinton "is in no danger of getting the Ronald Reagan treatment." The Ronald Reagan treatment - is that Alzheimer's for 10 years, which contributes in most media sources forgetting the terrible things he did, and then having his dead body shuttled from coast to coast?
My Life is #1 on Amazon. More on William J. Clinton Jr. at his official site, where you can see video of his remarks at the Chicago Book Expo. And Clinton was on 60 Minutes last night and is on the cover of Time magazine.