If you ever want to weep bitter tears for the death of American good taste, just purchase a coach class domestic airline ticket and take a little trip across Real America. You will discover that literally dozens of your fellow airline passengers are openly reading 50 Shades Of Grey or its offshoots, a terribly written series of ostensibly erotic pamphlets that extol the virtues of S&M and straightfacedly present the word “argh” as an expression of erotic pleasure. These books originated as Twilight fan fiction but then had even that pleasure stripped from them before being published and becoming inexplicable worldwide best-sellers. But now, at least according to Amazon’s inscrutable book-ranking metrics, there’s a new timeless tale that Americans want to hear about: Osama bin Laden getting shot in the face by a bunch of Navy SEALs. Have we as a people finally decided that we prefer death to sex?
So today is the day that No Easy Day, former SEAL Team Six team member “Mark Owen”‘s new book about the Bin Laden raid, hits bookstores everywhere (click that link and buy if you want Wonkette to get affiliate moneeeze). And it’s also the day that everyone continues to get mad about “Mark Owen”‘s new book about the Bin Laden raid! Look, there’s already No Easy Op, which is an “unclassified analysis” of No Easy Day and “the politics behind his narrative” by … some other special ops guys, we guess?
Oh, also, everyone else in Seal Team Six apparently hates “Mark Owen,” and the military is still miffed that “Mark Owen” failed to clear his new book with the Pentagon, but “Mark Owen”‘s lawyer says that those rules were really more kind of suggestions, so he should be able to publish the book, for freedom. “Mark Owen”‘s lawyer was also Karl Rove’s lawyer during the whole Valerie Plame contretemps, so we are maybe beginning to get a better sense of the “the politics behind his narrative” now?
But, whatever, more people are now masturbating to ghostwritten stories of American hunks shooting dudes in the face than they are to Internet fan fiction that features the phrase “entrance of my sex,” so this is basically the greatest day in American history. [Reuters]