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So you thought that Kenneth Starr and Linda Tripp already discovered everything you never wanted to know about Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky’s affair back in the 1990s? Think again.
Ms. Lewinsky, the woman who will forever be the intern with a stained blue dress, has decided to capitalize on her long-lived fame and sullied name. The Post reports that she got a $12 million book deal, although the publisher has not been disclosed. That’s a lot of money (especially in these days of austerity and low book advances) but apparently Ms. Lewinsky has the goods.
One would think Bank of America had its hands full fending off potential lawsuits, budding lawsuits, subpoenas and other types of foreclosure-related judicial action. But it turns out that even with all the robo-signing fallout tumbling down onto BofA, the gigantic bank still has time to pick on an even more enfeebled entity. We speak, Read More
Martin Scorsese was sued for $600,000 this morning by Ponzi schemer Kenneth Starr, who was profiled last month by our own Max Abelson. Starr was arrested on 20 counts of wire fraud and one count of securities fraud in May, accused of bilking some $59 million from prestigious clients like Uma Thurman, Caroline Read More
Everyone is trying to figure out why Kim Jong Il is in such a tizzy. What could possibly have annoyed the North Korean leader to the point where he started exploding atom bombs on every street corner?
The answer is screechingly obvious to anyone with half a brain: Kimmy wigged out and pushed the Read More
What happens when a titan of journalism moves into classes at Boston University and things get real?
According to the Rate My Professors.com entries over the last two years on former New Yorker writer and Ken Starr scourge Renata Adler:
How many profs have wikipedia entries longer than most congressmen’s? [...] Tells great stories, Read More
Almay Ad (Reproduced in John Berger’s Ways of Seeing, 1977)
“The oral-sex craze—and in particular girls’ insistence that blowjobs ‘aren’t sex’—has often been blamed on Bill Clinton and his semantic calisthenics during the Kenneth Starr investigation. But even if teen girls were looking to the White House for personal guidance, was it really Bubba Read More
The Clinton administration’s grave comedy of manners has been rehashed so many times now, and tossed off so many strange offspring, that any remaining, would-be Clintonian chroniclers are left staring at (ahem! Ed Klein) the bottom of the literary barrel.
There’s no way left to swing it, so a troupe of eager musical theater folk Read More
Under the harsh but savvy tutelage of Karl Rove, Republicans have repeatedly demonstrated their adherence to a venerable cliché: In politics, as in sports and warfare, the best defense is always a good offense—and the more offensive, the better. It’s an effective strategy, as John Kerry and many other hapless victims have learned, and at Read More
While the New York Observer is not a family newspaper, this is a family blog. So expect circumlocutions. This afternoon, Room 9 is all atitter over a pile of envelopes, left discreetly near the door. The contents were copies of a short, handwritten love letter apparently from a former City Hall bigwig, whom there’s no Read More
Our 42nd President is famous.
Famous for putting duties off to the last possible moment (and sometimes beyond). Famous, too, for the fact that when he finally gets around to whatever he’s supposed to be doing, be it going after bin Laden or telling the truth, any shortcomings will be excused, rationalized, blamed on others. Read More