|Slam and Tell Down Under
Fame, Vomiting and Lesbian Sex
Pierre Tristam/Candide's Notebooks, November 10, 2006
This has nothing quite to do with the American erection, but it's time to move on beyond the dot org sense. Schapelle Corby is apparently a household name in Australia. Most of us on this side of up-Over have never heard of her. That's besides the point. She's one of those celebrities interchangeable with its Britney Spears-Paris Hilton variety, except that Schapelle doesn't have a song or a billion to her name. She just got caught smuggling eight pounds of marijuana into Bali on her way from Australia. She's serving 20 years in an Indonesia prison. Her case, because she had a cute perk, was a "westerner," had titties and could turn eyes, became one of those idiotic cause celebres in the Australian press, although--absolutely in her defense--we should also acknowledge the complete and utter imbecility of Indonesian (or American or European) laws slamming people in prison for drug possession (I don;t care what the drug is: they should all be legal; it isn't any government's place to moralize vice, even that of dim-witted starlets-to-be). At any rate, Schapelle (nothing whatsoever to do with America's Dave of the same-sounding last name) has a biography now, called My Story (not to be confused with Blill Clinton's My Life, except in the details, or Marilyn Monroe's My Story, except for the failed plagiarism). What makes this story beyond delectable is not the book itself, but the way Sydney Morning Herald writer Neil McMahon (no relation to Ed, and Neil is funnier) goes about summarizing the book--as all celebrity books should be summarized. This is the model. And it should be applied to political books too. Read and enjoy "She's Bold, She's Beautiful, and Schapelle's Life Is Totally Sick..."