Gossip, Celebrity, and American PoliticsBook - 1998 | 1st ed
Some of these things are true -- others are just rumors -- but all of them were gossiped about, and they are just a delicious sampling of the unforgettable tidbits offered up in the bewitching Scorpion Tongues.
Gail Collins has pulled together an immensely appealing, bag-o'- popcorn book, with one intriguing piece of rumor and innuendo following another in a veritable parade of peccadillos and misdeeds. But Collins also explores the more serious effects of gossip, noting that it can be as unpredictable as a summer tornado, flattening one person's reputation while passing over another's with hardly a rustle. Compare, for example, Gary Hart's career-ending "Monkey Business" trip with JFK's conquest of a stewardess, which he confessed to by flippantly saying, "I got into the blonde." 'With anecdotes and illustrations from politics, movies, television, culture, and sports, Scorpion Tongues offers sinful scandals and mild hearsay for every taste.