Oh Kindle Unlimited, how I love you! I get to ‘check out’ ten books a month and while most of my choices are around marketing, online biz and stuff like that there, the last two I’ve picked up have been quite different.
‘Johnny Carson’ by his former lawyer Henry Bushkin is a quick and entertaining read. Having watched the documentary about the late Carson, nothing in this book surprises me much. But it’s an inside look at the man behind the facade, for better and for worse.
It’s a fascinating story, really, and delves a bit deeper into the relationship between Johnny and his cold, critical mother Ruth. He sent his mother and father on an all-expenses-paid cruise with top-of-the-line accommodations and neither one called to thank him for it. At all. When he asked, his mother said “it was okay” and left it at that. He was perpetually trying to get one word of encouragement from her and failed in every attempt (according to this story and others).
Checking out some of the criticism on Amazon (because I’m avoiding doing PI work!), I see that it centers on Bushkin inserting himself into the story. Well, hell! It’s *HIS* account of *HIS* life with Carson. Of course he’s featured in it! He’s the damn narrator. Sheesh.
I’m about halfway through and enjoying the peek behind the curtain.
This was suggested by someone in the Serial Reddit thread and I picked it up on a whim. Nothing new here either (and FTR, I am firmly in the ‘he totes did it’ camp) but again, looking behind that facade always lures me in. OJ has always seemed to me to be a dim-witted narcissist and this story certainly doesn’t change that opinion. It does, though, explain some of the dynamics of his relationship with Nicole Brown Simpson and how truly toxic it was to both of them. He had the money and the power over her, she had her own issues with that power struggle and it ended so so badly.
When the OJ trial was going on, I was immersed in it 100% (as you all know I am with anything that strikes my fancy!) and read pretty much all the books about the trial and the civil suit. Gilbert’s book, released in 2008, is his attempt at coming clean with his part in the cover up. He was Simpson’s sports agent and advisor so was in the inner circle and privy to all the info. His book reads as a big mea culpa and the writing is direct and plain.
So this is what I’ve been doing lately – instead of watching TV or sitting in front of the laptop (like I should be doing PI stuff). Also too: going to the gym! I’ve made it twice now and it’s a big win to get there no matter what I do once I’m there.
How’s life witchooo?