UPDATE: Ryan Grim, in his article on Huffington Post George Bush Book ‘Decision Points’ Lifted From Advisers’ Books, writes:
“When Crown Publishing inked a deal with George W. Bush for his memoirs, the publisher knew it wasn’t getting Faulkner. But the book, at least, promises “gripping, never-before-heard detail” about the former president’s key decisions, offering to bring readers “aboard Air Force One on 9/11, in the hours after America’s most devastating attack since Pearl Harbor; at the head of the table in the Situation Room in the moments before launching the war in Iraq,” and other undisclosed and weighty locations.
Crown also got a mash-up of worn-out anecdotes from previously published memoirs written by his subordinates, from which Bush lifts quotes word for word, passing them off as his own recollections. He took equal license in lifting from nonfiction books about his presidency or newspaper or magazine articles from the time. Far from shedding light on how the president approached the crucial “decision points” of his presidency, the clip jobs illuminate something shallower and less surprising about Bush’s character: He’s too lazy to write his own memoir.” (to read the rest of this report / review of Decision Points, click here)
It sounds, according to Grim, that George W. Bush Jr. was ‘bringing back’ the old William S. Burroughs cut-up paradigm (an idea, originated by Brion Gysin [read that here]) where words and ideas (even if published) belong to the world, and can be interchanged and combined at the whim of the artist. ORIGINAL STORY:
I’m sitting here, thumbing through my copy of Decision Points, the new book by former president and immortal cowboy, George W. Bush Jr. I’m reading carefully, and I haven’t finished it yet,
but damn, it’s a pretty good read,
because I’m searching for clues. I’m reading the book for answers to the questions that have piled up over the eights years of the hootin and hollerin of the Bush administration. And then the sudden silence of the past two years.
Where’d Bush Jr. go? Everybody was asking. Not anymore. Decision Points is here, on shelves, and ole G.W. Jr. will even sign one fer ya. If yer lucky.
Why am I looking for clues? Because Bush Jr. is such a clever guy, it seems that instead of actually answering our questions in his book, he has clandestinely hidden them between the sentences.
The reader must look for answers by breaking up sentences, pulling apart words, and crossword finding upward, downward, left, and right along the page. I’m confident there are answers there.
The Iraq war? Do you feel bad about the dead Americans, and hundreds of thousands of dead Iraqis? I’ll let you know when I find the clue, between the sentences, in the crossword puzzle. I think it’s hiding on page 68.
Waterboarding? Oh, it’s stuffed in the pages of Decision Points somewhere. You might say, those of you who have already read Bush’s book, “He’s addressed that issue, you punk!”
And I say, Yes, he has, but I know the true answer, the real answer, is hidden. It’s just a Bush thing to do. Be all literary and deceptive on the reader. I’m looking for substance, sir! And I’m convinced it’s camouflaged.
What about the Matt Lauer interview? Well, buy the damned book, you fool. Don’t ask Bush Jr. to explain the damned thing to you. Buy the book! (read To Questions He Can’t Answer, Bush Has A New Response: Buy My Book).
What about that fetus in a jar? The scene with Barbara? Here’s what I’ve found (read Bush Jr.’s Opposition to Abortion Came After Mother Barbara Showed Him Fetus in a Jar).
What about Kanye West calling Bush a racist? I found that, hidden in these pages too. Behind the ‘answers’ Dubya Jr. gives. (read Bush NBC Interview W/ Matt Lauer: Kanye West’s Statement was Worst Moment in Bush’s Presidency)
What about G W Bush Jr.’s image of the American Dream? Reader, I’ve done the homework for you. And here’s what I found (read What is the American Dream? [in the eyes of G.W. Bush Jr.])
I’ll be updating you further, fellow Bush Jr. fans, with more cryptic messages from the new Bush memoir, Decision Points.