What is it with these writing Republicans? First it was Lynne Cheney’s Sisters, and now we have Scooter Libby’s The Apprentice. Both are rather sex-drenched — with touches of homo-eroticism — to have been penned by members of the “family values” crowd. Cheney’s delves into lesbianism, while Scooter’s (set in a remote Japanese village around the turn of the century) takes on bestiality.
Other sex scenes are less conventional. Where his Republican predecessors can seem embarrassingly awkward—the written equivalent of trying to cop a feel while pinning on a corsage—Libby is unabashed:
At age ten the madam put the child in a cage with a bear trained to couple with young girls so the girls would be frigid and not fall in love with their patrons. They fed her through the bars and aroused the bear with a stick when it seemed to lose interest.
One wonders if James Dobson has read any of this stuff.
It all gives me pause as I consider my own literary pursuit, and whether it’ll come back haunt me a few decades down the line. But then I take into consideration that I’m highly unlikely to run for office or hold any official government position, so I don’t guess it matters much.
Speaking of which NaNoWriMo kicked off yesterday, and I started writing. I’m now 1,789 words into the story, and will write more tonight. with any luck, maybe someday I’ll join the ranks of Lynne Cheney and Scooter Libby.