Friday, October 24, 2003
Tucker's book: Just got finished reading Tucker Carlson's book "Politicians, Partisans, and Parasites." It's a fun book, but at 192 pages in length, it's just not worth the $24.95 list price. Amazon's selling it for $17 and change, but it's probably not worth that much either -- wait for the paperback. (But if you're gonna buy it, buy it here and support Hoystory.)
Carlson's book is the kind of book everyone would like to get paid for writing -- it's really easy to do: Just write about some things that have happened to you. The book is just a series of anecdotes -- little or no research required.
Of course, the problem for the rest of us is twofold.
First, you've got to get famous enough to be able to sell your stories to a major publishing house.
Second, you've got to meet/know weird/strange/interesting people.
Carlson's book is certainly a fun read, but it shouldn't be mistaken as some sort of "conservative" book -- I think liberals would enjoy it too.
Correcting Carlson's error: There is one factual mistake in Carlson's book. Carlson recounts talking with Arizona Sen. John McCain about the "movies" McCain did while a POW in Vietnam. McCain complained that they were just about to begin performing Stalag 17 when the Vietnamese came and took three of his actors -- to be tortured.
Carlson then describes the basic plot of Stalag 17 as being prisoners plotting to escape by digging tunnels. Unfortunately, that movie was The Great Escape. In Stalag 17 they escape by cutting through the fence.