Monday, June 12, 2006

6,000 Copies of Pure Gold, Baby!

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Some of you may know that Dick Cheney's daughter Mary is a lesbian. If you didn't already know it, John Kerry outted her during a presidential debate in '04, in what was a spectacularly awkward moment. Kerry's delivery of the word "lesbian"? Hilarious.

Anyway, Simon and Schuster paid Mary Cheney a one-million-dollar advance to write a memoir. In the month since it's been published, it has sold a whopping 6,000 copies. If Simon and Schuster was charging $166.67 per copy it would've almost broken even. Except, of course, shipping costs and overhead. Unfortunately, it's being sold for about fifteen bucks at Amazon. Whoops.

But what did they expect? I mean, seriously. Right-wing Cheney fans think Mary's burning in hell for her unholy acts of animalistic hedonism, and left-wing lesbian fans resent her lack of self-respect for campaigning for a bunch of war-mongering gay bashers. In other words, no one wants to buy this book.

So I want to know how many of those 6,000 copies sold were purchased by Dick and Lynne as gifts to friends and family. Maybe they're giving them away as no-bid contract perks to Halliburton!



At 6:54 PM , Blogger Karl said...

According to OCLC, 369 of them are in libraries around the world, including 5 at my very own library, and 20 in the Queens Borough system. Happy reading!

At 12:09 AM , Blogger dan g said...

I'm surprised I've never told you this, but the Queens Public Library was bragging a couple years ago that, per capita use in Queens is higher than anywhere else in the country. And we've got a lot of people, so that's a lot of reading.

I wonder how many Queens residents are reading Mary Cheney's memoir. Can you find that out?

At 4:09 PM , Anonymous said...

I'm a lesbian. I might not have mentioned that in my earlier books. But I really, truly am a lesbian.

Can I have my million dollars now?

James Frey


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