The New Yorker makes fun of Clinton novel’s ’emotional flatulence’

FOX: The New Yorker found fault with the new political thriller by former President Bill Clinton and author James Patterson, “The President is Missing,” in a review that said the book was complete with characters filled with “emotional flatulence” and raised the question, “Why is there no sex?”

Anthony Lane, who has been a critic for the prestigious publication since 1993, started the review by noting that “collaboration is a murky trade,” especially when the collaborators are working on a novel.

“Writing, like dying, is one of those things that should be done alone or not at all,” Lane wrote.

The critic proclaimed that Clinton “can write,” while Patterson cannot – despite selling “more than 375 million copies” of his work, “most of them to happy and contented customers for whom good writing would only get in the way.”  more here

17 Comments on The New Yorker makes fun of Clinton novel’s ’emotional flatulence’

  1. Lefty friends are reading this now. They give it breathless rave reviews because, Clinton.
    Same lefty friends also watch “Madame Secretary” faithfully.

    Their need to believe is strong.




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  2. They’ve obviously never read No Way To Treat A First Lady by Christopher Buckley(William F. Buckley’s son), a hilarious book about a horndog Clinton type President who mistreats his wife, is a rapist and an adulterer and ends up being killed by the old lady with a frying pan after she catches him diddling a Barbara Streisand type celebrity in the White House and she goes on trial for murdering the President. It’s worth a read if you haven’t read it before.




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  3. @geoff Just put it into my cart on Audible. I love a good funny book! Thanks for the recommendation.




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  4. We all still laugh at the fart scene in Blazing Saddles and Firesign Theater in Don’t Crush that Dwarf, Hand Me The Pliers and Sgt. Sphincter of The Dirt Patrol in the fake commercial for Napolmolive. Or Mr. Creosote, the barforama (with Lardass) in Stand By Me and the antics of the pinhead kids (I was one of those pinheads kids as well) in my favorite kid’s baseball movie The Sandlot. Juvenile humor rules, I’m still just a kid trapped inside an older farts/geezer body.




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  5. Has anyone seen the book? I wonder how thick it is, because I have this wobbly coffee table and…..




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  6. Walked into a Target store the other day to look around. I was about to buy something next door and figured I’d take a look at Target’s offering before doing so. As I guessed, the stuff at Target sucked but on the way out I had to stop at the Clinton book display near the registers.

    On sale! Marked down something like $13 the book was only $9.98! I thought, it must be a nail biting gripper, marked down more than the asking price!

    Yeah, I didn’t buy anything from Target, again.




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  7. So how many copies will the Clinton Foundation buy and send to Haiti? Might make good toilet paper.




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  8. Not on my list because of Patterson’s cash grab. Patterson used to write entertaining crime novels that could be read quickly, but now I think he only writes his “Alex Cross” series. The rest of the stuff with his name on it is actually written by someone else, and these books were generally not very good. Tom Clancy went through the same career arc, and I think Clancy’s estate is still putting his name on some books. In any event, “James Patterson with [insert name here]” is generally a non-starter with me.

    These are “airplane” novels – something to kill time on a long plane trip. If Bill Clinton can write something entertaining in this genre, then more power to him.




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  9. It matters not how many (or few) will sell, as long as Slick Willie got his huge advance (money laundering).




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  10. @geoff the aardvark June 13, 2018 at 12:06 pm

    I’m a thinkin’ that the reality of the Clinton gang was more interesting, dramatic, tragic, and even humorous than any novel about a Clinton-like family.

    Add the Clinton Family to the Ma Barker Gang, the James Gang, Bonnie and Clyde, and the Manson Family as killer cults.




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  11. @old_oaks June 13, 2018 at 12:51 pm

    > Yeah, I didn’t buy anything from Target, again.

    Did you miss the Starbucks on the way out? They don’t want you to buy anything when you visit. That’s the plan. I’m not saying it’s a good plan. But that’s the plan.




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  12. This book’s title screams for a subtitle. How about:

    “The President is Missing;
    and so is Monica. Look under the desk!”




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  13. @Tony R – you beat me to it. Exactly right. This is just another example of money-laundering Clinton Cash.




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