Last week, the Scene’s truth-is-stranger-than-fiction desk brought you some excerpts from the more than 60 Amazon.com reviews of Bill Frist’s new book, Good People Beget Good People: A Genealogy of the Frist Familywhich is most stunning for its shameless self-indulgence. Interestingly enough, those reviews have since vanished from the site. The case of the missing posts, however, has created somewhat of a controversy at Amazon.com. As of Friday afternoon, there were only seven reviews of the book posted (we omitted one of them here, as it offended even our sensibilities), and several of them bemoaned the absence of their forebears....
“Apparently certain (presumably conservative) readers lacking a sense of humor and imaginative flair have resorted to defending their cat-killing idol by lodging complaints and unfairly accusing reviewers of not reading this literary work. In any case, I did preserve a number of these entertaining reviews and also have a list of ISBN numbers for those wishing to recommend “appropriate” alternatives...for ease of cutting and pasting into future reviews? Write me at....”
Hebrw13firstname.lastname@example.org, Hermosa Beach, Calif.
“Where are the reviews? On Monday, there were over 50. Yesterday 10. Today 5. Has the esteemed Majority Leader prevailed upon Amazon to censor anything unfavorable?”
A reader, Seward, Neb.
“The Frist Family vanity publication [is] laughably stultifying and content-free. Once upon a time these “gimme cash, evade campaign reporting” tomes were actually substantive, but “Profiles in Courage” this ain’t. Come to think of it, It Takes a Village is freakin’ Margaret Mead compared to this piece of yuck. At least Fritz explains why he killed the kittens he dishonestly acquired from animal shelters. Sad, too, but probably no coincidence, that John Ashcroft apparently believes Calico cats are satanic. See the Feb. issue of Vanity Fair for details.”
A reader, Hermosa Beach, Calif.
“This book written by U.S. Senator Bill Frist is a partial genealogy of the Frist family over the past 30 years. The work is a product of 2 years of research by the senator, begun when he was an intern and completed a year later. It is indexed and has a few footnotes so that other Frists will be able to continue to search for ancestors pre-2000. It includes blovial data, photographs and anecdotal stories associated with many of the entries. This is the only publication that traces Frist ancestry. If your name is Frist, and you’re reading my review, then you are the author.
“United States optimism and euphemism abound in this tediously annotated vanity-published tome. Of possible interest to the immediate Frist family and to its sycophantic inner circle, if there is such a thing, but I found it to be a yawn-inducing me-me-me festival. Like a neighbor’s vacation slides, or a coworker describing her “amazing” dream from the night before, this collection of happy interpretations is something to be endured rather than enjoyed.”
tfurman7, Apache Junction, Ariz.
“This book written by U.S. Senator Bill Frist is a complete genealogy of the Frist family over the past 300 years. The work is a product of 20 years of research by the senator, begun when he was a surgical resident and completed this past year. It is indexed and carefully footnoted so that future generations will be able to continue to search for ancestors pre-1700. It includes biographical data, photographs and interesting stories associated with many of the entries. This is the only publication that traces Frist ancestry. Very limited printing.”
A reader, Nashville, Tenn.