Monday, June 21, 2004
Political celebrities on the net
The Weekly Standard reports on former US Speaker Newt Gingrich's secret life as an avid reviewer of books for Amazon.com. Gingrich mostly reviews spy novels, mysteries, and thrillers, but he occasionaly slips in some non-fiction like Bob Woodward's Bush at War, which he deems "useful" and Wesley Clark's Waging Modern War, which is "Required, timely reading." Last week, the Guardian also reported that Cherie Blair, the wife of the British prime minister, shops at ebay, an online shopping site for secondhand items. Among her purchases: 99p for Winnie the Pooh alarm clock, £1.99 two Disney videos, Dumbo and Aladdin, £15 for a pair of sandals described on the blurb as "great for summer, weddings or evenings out" and a pair of second-hand Roland Cartier shoes advertised as "gorgeous, retro, vintage, disco-diva, 80s, bright red shoes".