Scooter Libby has been one of the more mysterious figures of the Bush administration. Until he was indicted he had not become a household name like Rove, Condi, or Rumsfeld, and not a lot was known about his personal life. So what did he do before he got into politics? Who is Scooter Libby?
Well, for one, he’s an erotic novelist. In 1996 Libby published The Apprentice, which he worked on for 20 years of his life. The book is set in a remote Japanese province in the winter of 1903, and as The New Yorker put it, “homoeroticism and incest figure as themes.”
The main female character, Yukiko, draws hair on the “mound” of a little girl. The brothers of a dead samurai have sex with his daughter. Many things glisten (mouths, hair, evergreens), quiver (a “pink underlip,” arm muscles, legs), and are sniffed (floorboards, sheets, fingers).
And those are just the scenes involving humans. There are also several not-so-subtle references to bestiality in the novel:
At age ten the madam put the child in a cage with a bear trained to couple with young girls so the girls would be frigid and not fall in love with their patrons. They fed her through the bars and aroused the bear with a stick when it seemed to lose interest.
Later, a character “asked if they should f*ck the deer”, and although I have not read the novel, according to the New Yorker, the answer was yes.
Now, I could spend time talking about social conservatives who have denounced literature that was tame by comparison. But honestly, this book is just too funny to ruin with serious politics. And with as many as 30 years in prison to work on his writing, I’m sure the sequel will be even better.
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