By Ron Rosenbaum
Could it be that the public apology has become the iconic new literary art form of our times? With an aesthetic and a taxonomy and a subtle rhetoric all its own? This is the thought that occurred to me while reading a sneakily profound new book called My Bad: 25 Years of Public Apologies and the Appalling Behavior That Inspired Them, by Paul Slansky and Arleen Sorkin.Read More ›
By Ken Layne
We do not throw around a lot of praise for “political books” here at Wonkette, because almost all political books are awful. The Clothes Have No Emperor is an exception. This droll accounting of the Reagan presidency was published in 1989, and your editor still has the dog-eared, scribble-annotated trade paperback on his bookshelf. It’s the only honest history of the Ronald Reagan 1980s. And now it’s available again, as an eBook/iPad thing you can download. If there’s any possible antidote to the hundred-foot-long shit sandwich of Reagan Worship pummeling America this weekend, you’ll find it within the pages of this book by Paul Slansky.Read More ›
By Kristi Keck
If there’s one thing Democrats and Republicans have in common, it’s sex scandals.
No matter which party the philanderer belongs to, the public wants all the juicy details, as evidenced most recently by the public’s fascination with South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford’s Argentine travels.
“That’s just prurience,” said Sally Quinn, a longtime Washington journalist and columnist. She’s married to former Washington Post Executive Editor Ben Bradlee.Read More ›
From Larry Craig to Mark Sanford, nothing quite rivets the attention of the media and the public like a public official getting caught with his pants down. How much do you remember about the celebrated sex scandals of the recent past? Test your knowledge in this excerpt from Paul Slansky’s new book The Little Quiz Book of Big Political Sex Scandals (Simon and Schuster Paperbacks).
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By Dwight Garner
Paul Slansky’s most recent book is “Idiots, Hypocrites, Demagogues, and More Idiots: Not-So-Great Moments in Modern American Politics.”
What are you working on?
At the moment I’m on a tight deadline to finish a quiz book about political sex scandals, inspired by a quiz I did in The New Yorker. I’ve been researching about a hundred of them and it’s an enormous amount of work, because for each one I’ll start with Wikipedia and within minutes I’ll be on Nexis scrolling a list of three hundred contemporaneous stories, which is where all the really sweet details can be found.
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