The Notebook: No Monica Tell All?
Publishing: Execs to Monica: No Big Book Deal Awaits
(TIME, August 10) -- Will Monica Lewinsky get big bucks for her story? Many publishing-industry insiders say no. Too many big-ticket books, like Dick Morris' $2.5 million memoir, have bombed, and Lewinsky may spill most of her beans in public. On the high side, publisher Judith Regan estimates that Monica's story is worth "maybe as much as a million," while Robert Gottlieb of the William Morris Agency puts the number in the low six figures. Larry Kirshbaum of Time Warner Trade Publishing is closefisted, saying, "I think we're all bimboed out." The supermarket tabloids are similarly split. The Star's Phil Bunton has a standing offer of $1 million to hear Lewinsky's story, while the Globe's Tony Frost has "scant interest." Meanwhile, right-wing publisher Regnery next week becomes the first with a proimpeachment book, this one by commentator Ann Coulter.
--By Andrea Sachs/New York
More Nukes: Is North Korea the Latest to Proliferate?
Some U.S. intelligence officials believe North Korea has resumed a serious effort to build nuclear weapons. Evidence from multiple sources has persuaded them that leader KIM JONG IL is pushing the construction of a new reactor--underground to confound U.S. spy satellites--and trying to design usable atom bombs, possibly including missile warheads. Other analysts disagree; some Clinton Administration officials think hard-liners are leaking these reports to choke off congressional support for oil shipments to North Korea, which the U.S. pledged to fund in 1994 as part of a deal that shut down Pyongyang's known nuclear program. Even if the bad news is true, the new reactor is not expected to generate more bombmaking material for several years. But if North Korea is able to design a working bomb, analysts generally believe it stockpiled enough plutonium before 1994 to build one or two of them.
--By J.F.O. McAllister/Washington
Winners & Losers
Monica Lewinsky Cuts the deal that delivers her, and her mother, from legal peril. Must have been lonely there in limbo
Linda Tripp She vents, Lucianne crows, soon Monica sings & Bill squirms. It's The Witches of Eastwick 1998!
Clothiers This week, the dress. Earlier, the beret, the T shirt & the tie. Do we need Starr or J. Crew?
Bill Clinton Avoiding subpoena, agrees to talk on closed circuit TV. Should've held out for pay-per-view
James Carville The Bonaparte in the Starr war has been AWOL lately. Allez y, mon general--to the front!
The News Media This story is like catnip, but whom will the public blame when there's no happy ending?
Ask Dr. Notebook
Out, Damned Spot!
The President isn't the only one bedeviled by references to Monica Lewinsky's besmirched dress. How were news organizations handling the sticky issue of the stain? While some were plain--ABC News, the New York Post and the Los Angeles Times used the word "semen"--others were more circumspect. "Physical evidence" was the phrase favored at NPR, CNN and the Wall Street Journal, while "bodily fluids" prevailed at CBS News. NBC News and MSNBC went with "DNA evidence," the Washington Post liked "DNA material," and the Christian Science Monitor said "forensic evidence that might suggest sexual contact." The Russian news agency ITAR-TASS was quite adroit, mentioning a "dress Lewinsky claims to [have worn] during her meetings...[that] carries traces of the meetings." For TIME's choice, see Special Report.
Selling a Book By Its Cover
Stanford University Press is publishing the speeches of former Secretary of State Warren Christopher. On the cover: a photo of Mr. Christopher apparently putting President Clinton to sleep.
"Monica Lewinsky is now playing for a different team."
Jonathan Turley, George Washington University law professor, on Lewinsky's immunity deal
"I have come here today...to assert my right to think for myself, to refuse to have my ideas assigned to me as though I were an intellectual slave because I'm black."
Clarence Thomas, Supreme Court Justice, addressing the National Bar Association
Sources: USA Today (Turley)
By Harriet Barovick, Tam Gray, Ian Judson, Jodie Morse, Michele Orecklin, Edgar Ortega Barrales, Nina Planck, Anat Shioach and Jessica Yadegaran