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Thursday, March 08, 2007

We Authors

There are two, perhaps rather startling books on their way, you might be interested to know.

Startling not just for their content, but for whom the authors of these books are, if you go by popular impressions.

First:

Jenna Bush, the fairer of the twin daughters of current US President, George W. Bush, and generally considered the wickeder of the two, has surprised everyone by writing a book due out this fall, called Ana's Story: A Journey Of Hope.

Having followed in her mother, Laura Bush's footsteps as public school teacher (in Washington D.C.), she became an UNICEF intern in Central America this past September, specifically in Panama where she found the subject of her book, a young mother who is sadly HIV-positive, but struggling to live with the AIDs virus quite heroically.

Terms of the book deal with Harper Collins were not revealed, but it is thought that the publishing house won the bidding war at $300,000.

Jenna Bush has pledged that all proceeds of the sales of the book will go to UNICEF, and hopes the book will spark a "dialogue" about AIDS in all countries.

(I love how she used the word "dialogue", which is specifically a progressive catchphrase, not to mention an European idée fixe)

Well, well, well. This is a pretty rum state of affairs for Bush Derangement Syndrome sufferers, I must say.

From the President who has given more aid to Africa than any president before him COMBINED, to his daughter who has chosen to pen a book no one expected of her, because she was similarly thought to be an intellectual lightweight, same as he, and moreover, about such a controversial topic -- will this finally pry a kind word towards a Bush from the BDS crowd?

Here's hoping. Girl done good. And remind me what Chelsea Clinton has done in the past 7 years, again?

(Don't worry. I know. She's an Oxford grad, and that's plenty good for me)

Even I have to revise my estimate of Jenna Bush now, since before to me she was just a boozing, tongue-out wild child, and worse much, worse than that...a Boca Juniors supporter.





YEESH. Oh well, we all had our crazy youths.


Second:

Pope Benedict XVI might just pip Miss Bush to the publishing post.

He is known to have been working on a book about the Historical Jesus since 2003 (in fact, the preface has already been leaked) and apparently, is soon to have that published later this spring 2007, by Doubleday.

But could he also be working on a History of Karol Józef Wojtyła, AKA his beloved predecessor of happy memory, John Paul II, as well??

I hope Amazon are prepared for the avalanche of pre-orders that would surely follow, including yours truly on Day 1.





John Paul II...as recounted by the man who probably knew him best at the highest level, and almost as intimately as anyone save his closest friend, Archbishop Stanislav Dziwisz?

Oh mercy -- let's have at it now!

UPDATE: STOP THE PRESSES!! Pope Benedict has indeed written the book on the late great Pope, which comes out next Thursday, 15 March, huzzah!

It's called John Paul II, My Beloved Predecessor. Not available on Amazon YET, but I'll keep you posted when it is.

But when you're MSM, having been given an advanced copy of this book, this can only mean one thing -- you go for the most salacious tidbit in the whole, no doubt rather unsalacious book.

The media outlets pounced on the fact that Pope Benedict disagreed with Pope John Paul's more populist touches, such as inviting recording artists like Alanis Morrissette, and Marisa Monte to Vatican-sponsored events because they sometimes don't toe the strict Roman Catholic line in their lyrics -- isn't it ironic? Or maybe he just doesn't like Chocolate...

As a Sundries friend wrote privately, Pope Benedict was especially chagrined, reveals the book, to find Bob Dylan singing his 1970s folk song ballads in the World Youth assembly in Bologna. He very honestly says he didn't think Bob Dylan and the Church were in symbiosis, saying he was a kind of "prophet" for the modern age.

See, those are the things that people don't like about Pope Benedict, and immediately point to his extreme conservatism (as they see it), especially in counterpoint to John Paul II.

I happen to like the way both Popes handle themselves, and I have to confess, I am no great fan of Bob Dylan either, and I don't care if he is known as Right-Wing Bob.





The thing of it is, John Paul was a VISUAL Pope, whereas Benedict is a PHILOSOPHICAL Pope.

John Paul II knew that young people had a plethora of images of popular culture thrown at them since childhood, and wanted to reintroduce Catholicism in their life, by becoming a PART of that tradition, in terms of pop culture.

Benedict XVI thinks there is a discordant note between pop culture and Catholicism, which he feels (rightly, in my opinion) our religion would be secondary in meaning (just an appendage to, if you will), if joined together.

But it's more than that -- it's about values, and attitudes, which John Paul II in his theatrical brilliance never felt badly about mixing.

One thing though: many of the reports about Benedict ixnaying the Bob Dylan idea in Bologna come to the knee-jerk conclusion that the German is too classically-minded musically, to care for "charismatic music".

The articles even infer that he has shunned the charismatic Catholic churches for their hi-fi style Masses.

Well, I don't know the truth, but what I have heard from all quarters in the know is that Pope Benedict LIKES the charismatic movement in the Church, and in fact, will mention that when he goes to Brazil in 2007.

They are currently the world leaders in that kind of synchopation between the old Church and the newer, evangelical ones.

We'll see.

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4 Comments:

  • What's up with your posting dates/times? Do you do something, or is blogger screwing up?

    As for Jenna, I fully expect the progeny of idiots to be smarter than their parents, than the progeny of geniuses. So, no surprise here about Jenna/Chelsea. IMHO, of course. :-)))

    Elko

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Wed Mar 07, 11:24:00 pm GMT-5  

  • What's up with your posting dates/times? Do you do something, or is blogger screwing up?

    Well, I have a cold, and I feared not being able to stay up late enough to "post" this at midnight, or midnight aught 1, as it were.

    Blogger does allow one to alter the times in the posts, after all, so I did!

    As for Jenna, I fully expect the progeny of idiots to be smarter than their parents, than the progeny of geniuses. So, no surprise here about Jenna/Chelsea. IMHO, of course. :-)))

    LOL! Good answer. :)

    Cheers,
    Victoria

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Wed Mar 07, 11:36:00 pm GMT-5  

  • I'm looking forward to Benedict's book on Jesus. I wonder if it's being translated into English as he writes it.

    Now, when are you gonna buy my novel and say something about it? Hmmm?

    By Blogger benning, at Thu Mar 08, 11:50:00 am GMT-5  

  • I'm looking forward to Benedict's book on Jesus. I wonder if it's being translated into English as he writes it.

    I believe he's writing it in German, but then translating it into Italian and English IMMEDIATELY.

    He's also very fluent in French, perhaps moreso than Italian, though its arguable.

    Now, when are you gonna buy my novel and say something about it? Hmmm?

    Wow! Seriously, that's your book? Awesome, congrats BENNING!

    I will buy it, too. :)

    More soon!

    Cheers,
    Victoria

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Thu Mar 08, 05:11:00 pm GMT-5  

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