I said the other day that the “Fire and Fury” book has lowered expectations about Donald Trump:
When you read of the dysfunction and chaos in his White House, it then comes as a pleasant surprise when you hear Donald Trump stringing a basic, reasonably coherent sentence together without falling over the furniture and dribbling.
Well, this week the results of Trump’s annual medical tests were released. There seems to be considerable relief that his tests, at least according to the lead medic, Dr Ronny Jackson, gave good results. As far as Mr Trump’s cognitive abilities are concerned, Dr Jackson said:
The president is mentally very sharp, very intact.
There’s a queue for the doorstopper version of “Fire and Fury” by Michael Wolff. So on the day of the book’s release last week, I got the Kindle version. I then decided to make my life easier by opting for a free trial of “Audible“. So, I have listened to two-thirds of the audio version of the book, read beautifully by the author and Holter Graham. I am sorry that I have not yet finished the book but I admit I am finding the latter half of it rather heavy going.
There’s no doubt though, that this book is a good read. Or in my case a good listen.
There are six days left to watch the “Classic Albums” documentary on Don McLean’s “American Pie” from BBC 4.
It is a fantastic programme with McLean himself plus the musicians and producer involved talking about the album. Of course, it has some great stuff on the title track.
The wonderful BBC archive throws up this brilliant 1997 interview with Kathy Etchingham, who was Jimi Hendrix’s live-in girlfriend for several years. Under the series “You probably think this song is about you”, Ms Etchingham explains how a domestic argument between the two, over her cooking skills, led to the creation of “The Wind Cries Mary”. Kathy Etchingham comes across as disarmingly sensible and unsentimental.