Fresh off the O.J. Simpson “If I Did It” fiasco, publisher Judith Regan is shilling a new book, billed in Publisher’s Weekly as an “inventive memoir” in the voice of Mickey Mantle, written by Peter Golenbock. Advance word is that it is “pornographic,” “vile,” and “exploitative,” and a preview of the text confirms it to be an offensive and deplorable crime against both the Mick and literature in general. You can be sure there won’t be a blurb from Bob Costas, and Golenbock won’t be getting any freebies at the Stadium any time soon. Our recommendation: hold off for Jane Leavey’s serious bio, also due next year.
An example of the awfulness is after the jump. [NSFW. Frankly, not safe for anyone with a brain.]
[On being with Marilyn Monroe]
Mickey enters her, going in nice and easy. The look on his face changes from excitement and pleasure to surprise and then disappointment. He waits for the yelling and the screaming, waits for her to tell him how good it was, waits for an ooh or an aah, any reaction at all, but no…. While he works away at it, Marilyn just lies there staring at him with cold, accusing eyes.