He’s feeling presidential
Not even the Bible outsells James Patterson. His newest, No. 1 on one of the best vendor record, is — with Bill Clinton — “The President’s Daughter.”
“I wrote my first book at age 25. I had no cash. I moved to New York, stayed in a lodge room that was barely 8-by-10 and the place somebody had penciled X’s all around the wallpaper. I knew I needed to get out of there. Three publishers turned my first book down. But this was a miracle. It truly gained an award as one of the best thriller — so, instantly, I used to be off to the races.
“This Clinton book began with a top level view. We’ve all seen films and TV about presidents. Presidents are often plastic. I needed one thing that will humanize them. And what could possibly be greater than if a member of the family will get taken? Clinton, very vivid, reads the whole lot. His particulars in regards to the White House and FBI have been helpful. This book reads prefer it actually occurred as a result of all the main points are correct.
“We sat down and began with a top level view. I write with a pencil which is odd at present. This manner I can write on trains, airplanes, anyplace.
“I’m a plain individual. If I used to be in hassle my mother known as me James Brendan. I’m pleasant with Dolly Parton. She calls me JJ. I dwell merely. My spouse and I’ve buddies. Not a ton. We don’t do the massive events. I’m not a one that goes round telling the identical story again and again. We exit with perhaps a couple or two. Occasionally with the Clintons.
“I nonetheless see the world by the lens of a man from Newburgh. My father grew up within the poorhouse in Newburgh. His mom was a charwoman. That’s what I knew as a child.
“Stuff I actually learn is ‘Jack Reacher’ and my lawyer buddy, John Grisham.
“Recently, I used to be to make a commencement speech at Mississippi State, so I stated, ‘I’m chatting with your alma mater, need to come alongside?’ Grisham stated, ‘Geez, I’m going to Paris.’ So I stated, ‘Well, have a great time in France’ and he stated, ‘Yeah, and you have a great time in Starkville, Miss.’
“Back in the ’60s, Philip Roth said, during Nixon and Vietnam days, ‘I can no longer write fiction because I can’t compete with reality.’ That’s like what I’m feeling now. Still . . . I think I’m going to continue with what I’m doing.”
Restaurants transferring & shaking
Restaurants are altering. Their buildings, menus, staffs, costs, clientele. Now their administration. Cipriani, endlessly in sixtieth and Fifth’s Sherry-Netherland Hotel, closed when our complete world closed. It’s now renegotiating with unions, administration, and so forth. Hopes to reopen by 12 months’s finish. When members of the family who owned La Grenouille went bitter what acquired cooked up was Majorelle in E. 63rd’s Lowell lodge. Now, out of the blue, that new administration once more determined too many cooks spoil the menu. Some needed to jazz up the place, make it extra fashionable. Others resisted. Result? Supposedly, a cut up, and one would possibly now open one other eatery. In Florida. Forget that beef’s out of the blue costlier, assist’s costlier, feed’s greater, warehouses price extra. Somehow post-pandemic’s sizzling menu is steak. At Benjamin Steakhouse — forty first between Park and Madison — the orders have been rib eyes, T-bones, porterhouse, filet, sirloin and tenderloin.
And civilization’s altering. Although Andrew Cuomo’s not transferring, lined up for his shot may be our wildly adored de Blasio . . . And, like I reported lengthy again, Eric Adams’ hustle into Gracie Mansion? His payback is getting Mrs. de Blasio the Brooklyn Borough President job . . . Meanwhile, NYC’s underfunded, undersilented leftists reside effectively. AOC’s brother, Gabriel Ocasio-Cortez, posted his picture partying and sloshing on the Boom Boom Room final week. And might our elevated taxes assist his life-style.
The CV lockdown has executed nice issues for marriage. One couple opted for separate bedrooms and every drives his personal automobile, and two vaccinations later they’re taking separate holidays. They say they’ll do the whole lot to maintain their marriage collectively.
Only in New York, children, solely in New York.