Greer Mansfield

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What Can Vaclav Havel Do For You?

And now Vaclav Havel is dead. Absurdist playwright, passionate essayist, beer connoisseur, deep thinker about humankind’s place in the cosmos, non-violent fighter for human freedom and dignity, political prisoner of his country's totalitarian communist regime, and then the post-Velvet...

Hitchens On Hacks

Christopher Hitchens is dead. His essays were feisty and elegant, well within the great tradition of combative English pamphleteering. He was usually provocative, often dazzling in his historical and literary allusions, and rarely boring. He only became a bore,...

Do Novels Cause Old Person Terrorism?

A bunch of decrepit rednecks fantasizing about mass murder is a common enough occurrence in North Georgia (your Wonkette bookman knows this from lifelong experience). What’s different about the alleged plot by this AARP IRA is that they had...

Author Exposes U.S. Gov’t Cluelessness, Gets Persecuted by U.S. Gov’t

The U.S. State Department has been known to make noise about protecting free speech around the world. Writers and bloggers, the department says, should be allowed to publish their opinions even if they conflict with government dogma. But...

Remembering America’s ‘Remembering 9/11’ Columns

Just one day over a decade ago, 9/11 changed everything. It did. But we got through it, because after all are we not Americans -- that's what we do, "get through" a constant sewage stream of economic and moral...

Why Must Barack Obama Have His Own Taste in Books?

What does one say when confronted with a president who reads books while he's on vacation? Surely something like “Why must you, President Smarty Pants, follow your interests when the time comes to select reading material? Why can’t you...

A Wonkette Guide To Political Summer Reading (Ha, Not Really!)

It’s been a while since the last installment of Wonkette World o’ Books, and heavens how the world has changed since that time of economic chaos and meaningless violence here and abroad. Oh, we’re kidding, for there is nothing...

Q & A With Ken Layne On His Book ‘Dignity’

Yes, the headline is correct: Wonkette editor-in-chief Ken Layne has finally published his second novel. He has also spoken about it with your book reviewer, via Gmail chat. Oh, and Layne is making good on his vow to...

Remembering the Life and Letters of Osama Bin Laden, Dead Person

Angsty rich kid Osama bin Laden could have been just another Saudi playboy, loitering his days away trading oil and chasing Lebanese models. But he just HAD to rebel against his wealthy family and their friends in the Saudi...

American Politicians Had So Much Gross Sex Throughout History

Looking for a good read while you're protesting the literal dissolution of your union or local death panel? You could do a lot worse than the new book from free-speech champion and Hustler publisher Larry Flynt, One Nation Under...

Book: Charlie Sheen & Matt Lauer Are Liberals Who Say Dumb Things

Anyone who writes or speaks about politics (with very few exceptions) is bound to say something stupid and egregious at some point or another. You'll definitely say something dumb if you're one of the ambitious but dull people who...

Donald Trump ‘All About Quality,’ Says Donald Trump’s Book

How does thin-skinned teevee star Donald Trump spend his time when he's not disfiguring skylines and signing prenups? As he recently told the world, he "has written many bestsellers," so presumably he spends a fair amount of time engaged...

All American Politicians Love Super-Old Antichrist Book

Democrats and Republicans might be on the verge of "shutting down the government" (hooray?) due to a financial dispute, but beloved members of BOTH our nation's dumb parties can agree, and do agree, on one thing: the Bible is...

Bill Bennett Wishes Every Day Could Be 9/11

Bill Bennett -- or as he calls himself on his book jackets, "William J. Bennett"-- has shown over the course of his long career that he's mainly interested in three things: 1) holding back the tide of drug dealers...

Gaddafi Mourns Fictional Astronaut, Writes Books

It would be a shame if the Brit-Frog-Yank bombs raining down on Libya right now destroyed any libraries or bookstores. Not because books are valuable or important (they aren’t; the Internet proves that, scientifically) but because “short story” collections...

Famous Slug Dick Morris Would Like You To Know Some Things

Dick Morris is impressive not because he incarnates everything disgusting and amoral about American politics (though he does do that), but because he’s proved once and for all that even a common slug can have a successful career in...