Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Marty Peretz, Hipster


My earlier post was about Carl Bernstein's quickly upcoming book about Hillary. The Times article I mentioned had also alluded to another volume, this one by Times reporters Jeff Gerth and Don Van Natta Jr., to be published by Little, Brown. It also has a slightly frigid title: Her Way: The Hopes and Ambitions of Hillary Rodham Clinton. (Do you recall the song sung by Frank Sinatra, "Doing It My Way?" Choreographed by Twyla Tharp and performed by Baryshnikov. Very sexy, both lyrics and dance. Was "her way" meant to deliver a stark contrast?)

In any case, since my post I've gotten several phone calls asking why I had omitted the Gerth-Van Natta book. Simply because the Times said nothing about it content. But my callers claim to know, and I believe them. So it may not be just hives and tantrums. It might even come to shingles.

What a coincidence. Tharp's also my favorite choreographer of songs and Baryshnikov's my favorite performer of songs. Especially the non-existent ones.

p.s. Anybody got Marty's phone number? It appears he's taking calls now, and I'm dying to ask him about the stark contrast between the first person and third person.


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