Friday, November 11, 2005


It seems that some days, sex is just everywhere you turn! I had no idea that Scooter Libby had written a novel set in Japan whose focus is a girl who is kept in a cage and raped by a bear to train her to become a prostitute. Who would have thought the US vice presidential advisor and sub-traitor knew so very little about Japan, and had such a big dark side?

Perhaps the book was inspired by his own experiences at Bohemian Grove. The Apprentice, a thriller that includes references to bestiality, pedophilia and rape, shows Scooter to be eminently qualified to serve under Cheney in the house where Jeff Gannon hung out. It also shows he’s not very good at keeping secrets, even about his own fantasies. World leaders and advisors indeed. We need a lot fewer of these people in positions of power.

It seems, however, that Libby's infamy is creating new demand for the book, whose publishers are calling for a reprint, proving once again that culture has no bottom.

And now, one hopes, a return to spirit-worthy subjects.


Tabor said...

Geeese maneese!!!

Dalene said...

As of late, I sometimes ponder, that the concept, implementation and ideology of democracy was never much more than a way to anesthetize the mass citizenry, to quiet them into a stupor of inability to discern the real truths around them in how the world works, giving the masses the impression that they had a say in how or what happens, when in truth, it was a simply a diversion? But then again, perhaps the current 'reality' of news and news shapers, what we are allowed to know, brought to us from the fine boy scouts of Bohemian Grove, is crafted to wear down the will of the people, once and for all -- and many are playing right into their collective hands.
Oh Dalene is getting older, and less idealistic, having arrived 'of a certain age' , and may simply be suffering from, "where's the happy news these days? Is there any happy news left?" Swing! pendulum, swing, please begin to swing back to the middle.

Anonymous said...

The New York Times Book Review, Erik Burns
... delicate prose and stirring descriptive passages ... Mr. Libby's storytelling skill neatly mixes.... conspiratorial murmurs with the boy's emotional turmoil.--

From Library Journal
When Setsuo, an apprentice innkeeper in turn-of-the-century Japan, follows a bearded man into a blinding blizzard, he sets into motion a convoluted set of events. Robbery, murder, love, politics, mystery, and intrigue are all parts of the deadly game, but what exactly is the game and is Setsuo truly a player or merely the pawn of forces he cannot even comprehend? First novelist Libby skillfully devises an exotic and extreme but plausible story, creating fascinating characters and maintaining dramatic tension while dropping false leads along the way. Despite an unresolved Hollywood ending, this is recommended for general and mystery readers, particularly those interested in Japanese history and culture.?Jim Dwyer, California State Univ. Lib., Chico
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.--

Robert Brady said...

Hopefully we'll see some genuine reviews, now... and maybe some critical analysis of the role bears caged together with 9-year-old girls has played in the development of Japanese culture.