On Vietnam

Ginny Good should have won me the Nobel Prize for Literature by now…I don’t know what the heck’s taking those guys so long. It should win all the literary awards there are. When Thomas Pynchon dies I’ll be the best writer alive. Unfortunately, the money-grubbing twats who publish books and review books and give out book awards haven’t read it yet. Everything I do is free, see. They don’t read free things. Besides, a mere book you can just read is nothing compared to The Multimedia Video Book of Ginny Good. It has music and pictures and sound clips that go with the times in the book…from roughly 1959 to the beginning of 2004.

Nobody’s ever done anything like it. The only way you can get The Multimedia Audio Book of Ginny Good (and the multimedia audio book) is to have me mail them to you on a flash drive. The book takes place mainly in San Francisco in the sixties. It’s like if Ken Burns did San Francisco in the sixties, only better and with less schmaltz. I just finished watching “The Vietnam War.” I liked the history and the North Vietnamese side of things. I’ve always known there was nothing redeeming about America’s part. Sixty thousand names carved in black granite is sad for their families, yeah, but it hardly compares with three million men, women and children in mostly unmarked graves. It’s a kill ratio of around 50 to 1. How many American babies got a bomb from a B-52 dropped on his or her head? Dropping more bombs than were dropped in WWII on a country with no airplanes is bad beyond any words that could be said. If you want to know another, deeper story of Vietnam about a guy in the Special Forces who was in Vietnam from the beginning of 1963 and to the end of 1964 by someone who can write, watch Ginny Good…especially chapters 6, 7, 16, 17, 18, 22, 25, 29, 32, and 34. It’s the same length as the Ken Burns thing but it didn’t cost forty million dollars to make and hype…and it has a more complete story, a more authentic narrator and better music.

Ginny Good could easily be made into several Oscar-winning movies or a multi-year, Emmy-winning TV series. No one has paid any attention to it. That’s okay. No one paid attention to A Confederacy of Dunces, either…or Kafka or Thoreau or Melville or Van Gogh, etc., etc. No one pays attention to anything worth paying attention to. How many people can say he or she wrote the best book published anywhere in the world so far this century, turned it into the first multimedia video book ever…and gives it all away…for free? One. Me. Heh. Long after we’re gone and the entertaining buffoonery of Donald Trump and the pitiful whining of Hillary Clinton are finally forgotten, the thoughtful beauty of The Multimedia Video Book of Ginny Good will be remembered and revered. Get it and see. It’s free. Like me. Thanks. G.

Gerard Jones