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March  31

From The Closet To The Bookshelf

Pmc_greeveyh2006032901826Former New Jersey Governor James Mc Greevey gave us his “I am a gay American" speech in August 2004, but apparently that, and the ensuing media frenzy, wasn’t enough. The Ex-gov, compelled to share the nitty gritty of his childhood, two sham marriages, and gay sex life has written his autobiography, The Confession. Oh yeah, there’s a heavy dose of his New Jersey politics mixed into it too.  From the Star Ledger:

It spans his whole life because his time as governor was very much influenced by his whole life."The book will include details about McGreevey's gay sex life and his efforts to keep his homosexuality hidden through two marriages and a political career that took him from Woodbridge Town Hall to the Statehouse, according to two people familiar with the book.

Amazon.com announced it is taking advance orders for the book -- scheduled to come out in September -- but local booksellers are giving this confession a big yawn. We asked manager Margo Sage-el at Watchung Booksellers what she thought:  "I don't think it will be popular with our readers...After all, who cares? Our readers aren't into celebrity bios -  the part about New Jersey politics might be interesting. I'll order one or two."

If the point of writing this is absolution and redemption - as memoirs often seem - may we suggest a sizzling personal face off on The Colbert Report.

March 31, 2006 in Books | Permalink


I know this is off topic so trollhater go ahead and rant but the Iceman needs to vent.

i drove from caldwell to corrado's in clifton for produce shopping and for crimminy sakes is the blinker now an option? Car after car would turn and then turn on the blinker or not even use it at all. Hulllooo, it's the law to use the blinker. Maybe i would think differently if i didn't tailgate but that's for another thread.

Posted by: Iceman | Mar 31, 2006 12:49:09 PM

New Jersey- the land of no turn signal.

I thought that this should have been the state motto!

Posted by: pissant | Mar 31, 2006 12:53:55 PM

Heavens! I've been advising, just leave poor Jim McGreevey alone, for quite some time now, assuming he'd like to segue into private life, well, privately. Just let him fade into oblivion, I've advised.

What can he be thinking, now, doing this book? Is it a money thing?

Posted by: Veronica | Mar 31, 2006 1:02:21 PM

Iceman, being that I am the greatest driver in the world, I can feel your pain. I hate how poorly people drive up here, especially this no turn signal crap. I just want a cop to be around the corner waiting for them, I want to cop to pull them out of the car and beat them too. Actually I want to pull them over and beat them.

Posted by: katie | Mar 31, 2006 1:04:49 PM

Money is almost surely the motive. Maybe it has movie possibilities.

Posted by: Byron | Mar 31, 2006 1:06:05 PM

Oh yeah, Ice, I have known this for years.

Now back to the topic at hand. What a self-serving media ho! Has he given a thought about his kids are going to react to his "tell-all" tale? Barf.

Oh, and what a surprise! Anna Benson has filed for divorce from husband, Kris, on allegations that he is cheating on her. Remember what she told Howard Stern she would do if she found out her husband was cheating? We're waiting with bated breath...and the book.

Posted by: Miss Martta | Mar 31, 2006 1:07:04 PM

Miss Martta, or any troll for that matter, with bated breath is an oxymoron.

Posted by: Byron | Mar 31, 2006 1:09:24 PM

"and for the book."

Posted by: Miss Martta | Mar 31, 2006 1:10:03 PM

'with bated breath'...conan, is this an oxymoron?

Posted by: Iceman | Mar 31, 2006 1:13:15 PM

What's the big deal about using a turn signal? People put on their brakes before turning - why isn't that enough warning that they are going to do something and you should slow down too? If you can't slow down in time when their brake lights show then you're either too damn close or have too slow of reflexs to be driving.

Posted by: O'Max | Mar 31, 2006 1:14:06 PM

No, Ice, someone is just trying to gore my ox, that's all.

I am used to it. Like water off a duck's back as they say.

Posted by: Miss Martta | Mar 31, 2006 1:15:30 PM

what is a "reflexs"? Is that part of the turn signal?

Posted by: pissant | Mar 31, 2006 1:20:48 PM

"What can he be thinking, now, doing this book? Is it a money thing?"

Probably a money thing...but, maybe he wants to share his story to help others in a similar situation. There are LOTS of gay men out there in straight marriages - some of them come out, some of them never do. Maybe this will help them figure their own lives out - or, help the wives deal with their pain and issues.

Posted by: Butch | Mar 31, 2006 1:21:21 PM

I'd love to know the behind the scenes details unless he plays fast and loose with the facts or fudges things too much.

Posted by: Right of Center™ | Mar 31, 2006 1:30:26 PM

That's just the point: I don't CARE about what he does in his bedroom, nor what anyone else does in his or her respective bedroom. Whatever happened to "don't ask, don't tell?" Why do we need to know personal stuff about people that doesn't concern us?

Posted by: Miss Martta | Mar 31, 2006 1:32:27 PM


Is this your situation? You seem to know so much about it.

How do you know that there are LOTS. Are you on the down-low give us the low-down?

Posted by: pissant | Mar 31, 2006 1:33:36 PM

Hmmm... an ex-politician writes a book after a sudden departure from office. Something makes me suspect that the facts may end up on the "fast and loose and fudgy" side of things.

Just a hunch.

Posted by: appletony | Mar 31, 2006 1:34:42 PM

"pissant: what is a "reflexs"? Is that part of the turn signal?"

How about fuck off, is that spelled right?

Posted by: O'Max | Mar 31, 2006 1:42:09 PM

It is not an oxymoron in any of my books. It can be somewhat redundant as in "she held bated breath," but an oxymoron is a term that comprises two or more contradictory words, like "compassionate conservative" (sorry, I couldn't resist); "Bated breath" does not. The Webster definition of "bated" is "restrained, abated." Neither is an antonym of "breath."

But let's get to the important part, here Iceman. You grew up in the People's Republic of Massachusetts, where using turn signals is tantamount to high treason. The only proper use of turn signals in the PRM is to put on your left signal when you wish to turn right, to further confuse your enemies. Snap out of it, man!

Posted by: Conan the Grammarian | Mar 31, 2006 1:43:03 PM

Nice Conan. Good to see there is still a sense of humor on the site.

I will have my blinkers removed this weekend.

Posted by: Iceman | Mar 31, 2006 1:46:44 PM

Iceman, if I'd known you were at Corrado's this morn I would have waited there for you. (I was buying quail, berries, roses and St. Joseph's Day pastries.) There are several acceptably cheap watering holes nearby where we could have discussed - I've got it! - "trollhating" over properly iced combinations of malt and hops.

As for our ex-governor (is he even divorced yet?), I'm sure money is the primary thing. It can't be because he wants to remind us of his political accomplishments.

But, butch, it remains a cruel thing for a gay guy, particularly these days, to marry some hapless woman with assurances he's either hetero or can "change." Crueler still to do this twice, and for such caddish behavior I have absolutely no sympathy. Much, however, for his two beards and his issue.

And then, perhaps, to profit again by writing some kind of triumphantly self-justifying memoir? (Having his spouse by his side as he resigned and making that speech was ever so loving a gesture.) Oscar Wilde McGreevey is not.

Lastly, Barista, what news hear ye of Dominick Restaino? On that one, I'm positive that many of us lurk with baited breath. (Et tu, byron?)

Posted by: cathar | Mar 31, 2006 1:48:45 PM

"People put on their brakes before turning - why isn't that enough warning that they are going to do something and you should slow down too? "

The flaw in your thinking, O'Max, is contained in the phrase "enough warning." The idea behind the blinker is to give all the drivers around you as much warning as possible about what you're intending to do. That way, we're all least likely to have an accident. On top of that, there's common courtesy. Many times I've waited for a car to pass, only to find the driver was intending to turn the whole time.

Posted by: walleroo | Mar 31, 2006 1:54:07 PM

Wallero, I use my blinkers out of self defense but I've just never found it all that hard to figure out what other drivers are going to do even if they don't use their blinkers. I think it is just another thing to get annoyed at if you are prone towards getting annoyed when other people don't FOLLOW THE RULES.

Posted by: O'Max | Mar 31, 2006 2:06:48 PM

is that cause you got good reflexs but no brains?

Posted by: pissant | Mar 31, 2006 2:11:45 PM

My favorite is waiting at a stop sign perpendicular to oncoming traffic, waiting, waiting, waiting, only to have a slowing-but-not-indicating driver make the would-be liberating turn at the last moment while gabbing on her (usually) cell phone, thus demonstrating why she could not be bothered to flip the blinker.

God forbid she should inconvenience herself by putting down the phone for a sec when she can just leave me hanging for the next break in traffic.

Yeah, call me peevish. I'm daggone tired of these SUV-and-cellphone princesses.

Somehow I doubt their calls are any more important than me getting where I'm going in a timely way. At least, they're not important to me!

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