Such is the effect of muscular prose in the Thurberesque life of a shy Orange County
alternative weekly book reviewer, the easy accommodation of persona,
the lapse into the fictional as needed, the confusion and delight and
joy of the vicarious in response to so much of somebody else's wunderbar at
attacking the nurses' union. Perhaps it explains why these two famous
memoirists are yukking it up, enjoying the joke of selling their life
stories–in the case of RN of Yorba Linda, CA over and over and over. Or only that they so famously hated each other. “No man is rich enough to buy back his past,” said Oscar Wilde. Apparently you can make shit up and sell it though.
So, yes, too easy, finally, to send up the Schwarzenneger autobio (written by a Fortune mag ghoster named Peter Petre), however fun and masochistic. And, besides, since nobody remembers anything or just chooses to retell history depending on how they'd like to have imagined it, soon enough we'll have forgotten the actual total recall of “Bengal tiger” Governor Gray Davis, a campaign paid for by Darrel Issa (recently named “Most Corrupt” by the non-partisan Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington), and fomented in part by a couple of racist right-wing AM radio knuckleheads, the Terminator's attack on
the CNA and, I predict, be faced with either a reality TV show about Arnold's dating life, a “school” at the University of Southern California paid for and named after him or his teenage love-child hosting a celebrity golf tourney.