The chorus of "poor Monica Lewinsky"—alone and miserable, a memory of something indecent and tawdry in America, a soiled Gap dress, a beret, something-something to do with the commander-in-chief, that man, Bill Clinton—is about to change. Arguably not for the better, though a "better" view of the woman who, as a 22-year-old White House intern, became sexually involved with a much older, much more powerful man, is a story that has not and never will be truly forgotten. It's a sad truth that we're largely willing and able to remake Bill in our minds, helped along by media coverage and not unimpressive ensuing accomplishments, while Monica has stayed pretty much the same, falling into a couple of buckets: Sad and miserable and alone, punishable for her sins, or, now, the "lady" bent on revenge.
That "lady" is in quotes, because... can you be a lady if you're shopping a tell-all book about what happened between you and the President of the United States (including love letters and descriptions of his taste for three-ways) for (allegedly) $12 million? The tabloids don't think so. A week ago, Page Six alerted us to the happenings of the new Lewinsky memoir, her new "top-secret book project" publishers were reportedly slavering over. Today there's a dishy follow-up in the New York Post, a piece that relies largely on an "exclusive cover story" from the National Enquirer—quotes from anonymous sources and "friends" abound! The Enquirer dubs the book "her ultimate revenge on Bill!" and their article begins, "Now 39 and still looking for love, the infamous former White House intern desperately wants vengeance on the man who sullied her name, the sources add." And her dream: Via the Daily Mail, "friends say it could simply be a matter of cash for Lewinsky, who was left with massive legal debts and could never achieve her dream of 'losing 30 lbs, finding a boy, moving to Westchester County and having a family' after revelations of her Oval Office trysts with Clinton surfaced." (With friends like these...)