“I can’t be the only one this has happened to. Someone needs to put a face on not only nonconsensual incest but consensual incest.” (Mackenzie Phillips, hawking her book on “Oprah”)
“This is a huge story that needs to be told with implications from the death penalty to people keeping themselves safe at night in their homes.” (Brian McDonald, author of book on the Petit murders, to the Hartford Courant)
So let’s salute Mackenzie Phillips and Brian McDonald for their literary public service. Clearly, they haven’t written these books to make money. They want to help you. And me.
Phillips wants you to know you shouldn’t have sex, consensual or otherwise, with your father. And it might not be a good idea to do cocaine with him, either. She has put a “face” on this problem in her highly-publicized new book.
And McDonald has interviewed one of the suspects in the Petit murders. He wants you to ponder the death penalty, and make sure your house is secure. (I have and I have, so I guess I can pass on the book. Besides, I really don’t need or want to know every last grisly detail of the murders, and we won’t even get into the fact that there hasn’t been a trial yet.)
Would I be more receptive to her efforts if Phillips said something like, “I need the money because I snorted and shot up most of my savings, and oh, by the way, if this helps others that’s great, too?”
Would I be more interested in McDonald’s work if he said something to the effect of, “I got this boob to talk to me, and I can turn a buck on this story?”
No, I wouldn’t. But I might have a shred of respect for them.