Friday, January 16, 2009

A Great Read



I read a lot.
From novels to biographies to non-fiction to magazines to blogs and newspapers; I am a voracious reader.
But my favorite genre has to be feature stories.
As a feature writer myself, I know what it takes to capture a reader for a couple dozen paragraphs and leave them feeling satisfied.
I subscribe to Vanity Fair magazine because I believe they offer the best feature writing available today.
I was particularly struck by the clean, descriptive and entertaining prose written for Vanity Fair by C.Brian Smith, a handsome gay college friend of Not-Jenna Bush, the other twin daughter of W.
Here's a link to his wonderful story about dinners with the Bush family at the White House.

http://www.vanityfair.com/politics/features/2009/01/dubya-and-me200901?currentPage=1

Please read it and tell me what you thought of it. Thank you.

10 comments:

Mommy said...

Wow - very interesting take on the soon-to-be-former First Family.

Never heard that Barbara was a friend of the gay community either.

I enjoyed reading it, thank you for sharing.

Karen Zipdrive said...

Did anyone notice how Bush's autograph looks a lot like "Bye Bye"?
HAHAHAHAHA!

Anonymous said...

How do you jump start your career when you're stuck writing for the Huffington Post? Compile all those uninteresting anecdotes about your handful of trips to the White House and sell it to Vanity Fair as some kind of 'story from inside.' It must suck to peak professionally at 29 or however old this guy is.

Karen Zipdrive said...

Yeah, a byline in Vanity Fair is a real express ticket to Skid Row, ya fuckin' clown.
Yawn.
Another anonymous commenter without the courage to sign his own name.

Matty Boy said...

The guy is also working with Seth MacFarlane on a Family Guy spin-off, so it doesn't sound like he's heading for Palookaville just yet.

Thanks for putting a link to this, Karen.

Karen Zipdrive said...

Matty, I was going to mention his collaboration with Seth MacFarlane to my anonymous chucklehead, but I'm sure he wouldn't know who or what I was talking about.
I mean, if he considers a byline in VF or HuffPo to be a pre-mature professional peak for a guy in his 20's, how savvy can he be?

Distributorcap said...

loved this article
and it was written so well

sometimes i really wonder what jenna and not-jenna must really think of their dad

bigsis said...

Great story told fairly. I especially found it interesting that he didn't let little things like 9/11 business interrupt his movie. Many people here in Austin who worked with and knew Bush when he was Gov say that on a personal level he really isn't a bad guy, he's just incredibly immature, stupid and a lazy spoiled brat.

I think the real stories about this guy will continue to surface and scare the holy hell out of us.

nonnie9999 said...

i read this last night. very interesting look into what a night with the chimpy family is like, as well as the disconnect between chimpy and reality.

HelenWheels said...

Great article and thanks for sharing.