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Kushner book review edition.

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“Reading this book reminded me of watching a cat lick a dog’s eye goo.”-Dwight Garner.

Source, the NYT: Jared Kushner’s ‘Breaking History’ Is a Soulless and Very Selective Memoir.

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  1. CSK says:

    We were snickering and guffawing about this in yesterday’s open forum.

    This is epic. I didn’t know who Dwight Garner was till Wednesday, but I believe he’s destined to live forever in book reviewing history.

  2. @CSK: I missed that it was discussed yesterday.

  3. I also liked “He’s a pair of dimples without a demographic.”

  4. CSK says:

    @Steven L. Taylor:
    Yesterday it was #3520 on Amazon, and today it’s #850, so, regrettably, someone is buying it. It’s also #1 in two other categories; international and Middle East, I think.

    No one at Amazon has yet reviewed it.

  5. CSK says:

    @Steven L. Taylor:
    You beat me to quoting that.

  6. Gustopher says:

    @Steven L. Taylor: it needs the front page focus anyway, though.

  7. Sleeping Dog says:

    That was a classic review that will be referenced snickeringly for many years.

  8. CSK says:

    @Sleeping Dog:
    I wonder how Jared reacted to it. He and Ivanka spent so much time trying to insert themselves into the Manhattan haut monde. It must be a blow to know that all their former “friends” are convulsing with laughter over this.

  9. Just nutha ignint cracker says:

    @CSK: Aren’t they supposed to be “no such thing as bad publicity” types?

  10. CSK says:

    @Just nutha ignint cracker:
    I don’t think Ivanka is. I’m not sure about Jared.

  11. OzarkHillbilly says:

    I liked, “Kushner looks like a mannequin, and he writes like one.” because the first part is definitely true and I can’t imagine the 2nd part NOT being true.

  12. Sleeping Dog says:

    Image that Charlie Sykes used to illustrate his reference to the review.


    I suspect that it was similar to the reaction of the producers and cast of a big buck Broadway production that gets panned on opening.

    Kushner is going to write off the criticism as being from the NYT’s, so it is what he would expect. As far as their (former) NY friends, they knew they were persona non grata in NY, so decamped to Miami, so they’re not surprised. What is cutting them though, is that their new neighbors on Indian Creek are snickering and laughing behind their back.

    In truth, they are like a lot of rich, they surround themselves with sycophants and paid friends whose role is to salve their ego, that and copious amounts of drugs and alcohol.

  13. Tony W says:

    @CSK: I’m sure he’s buying up all the copies, along with the RNC. That practice has become traditional to move up the best-seller list.

  14. CSK says:

    Well, he had a ghostwriter, and the ghostwriter seems to have captured him perfectly.