Wednesday, November 09, 2005

So That's How It's Done



I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby

Finally, the secret to success along the arduous road of becoming a best-selling debut novelist is out, thanks to the former top vice-presidential aide. In a word...indictment.

A steamy novel by Lewis "Scooter" Libby has become a hot item now that Vice President Dick Cheney's chief of staff is, in fact, presently under indictment. An inscribed copy of The Apprentice: A Novel, which Libby wrote in 1996 when he was a relative unknown outside Washington, was on sale on online bookseller Amazon.com on Monday for $2,400. Unsigned hardcover copies were going for $700.

Now out of print, the novel tells the story of an innkeeper apprentice in a bizarre coming-of-age story set in Japan in 1903. It is also said to be generously peppered with some rather edgy sexual material and strong language to boot.

"Wow, who would have thought that clean living, family values man Scooter Libby was capable of writing such filth," was one reviewer's not-so-humble opinion on Amazon. Another Amazon reviewer noted its "lavish dollops of voyeurism, bestiality, pedophilia and corpse robbery."

And of course, the only thing yours truly will say to all this is: "Thanks, Scooter." For indirectly (this time) spilling another tidbit of "secret" information, thereby setting us straight on exactly how to get our well-written, well-crafted labors of love to literally fly off the shelves -- at record prices.

Scooter Libby, you old rascal, you!

Make it a good Wednesday, all. Peace. : )

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