Kris Jenner and All Things Kardashian

So before you jump to any judgments about the title of this post, let me tell you one thing about myself. I am unabashedly and sometimes dangerously curious. I have been that way since I was little and I just want to know what is on the other side of that door…what happens when you touch the hot stove…and what is the deal with those Kardashians?

In all truth, I find them fascinating. I am reading The Tipping Point right now and to me, the Kardashian phenomena is a perfect example of an epidemic-style fame that has consumed pop culture — particularly the E! network. So, this curiosity led to a little exploration. It started with re-runs of Keeping up with the Kardashians to keep me company on the treadmills at the Y. Then a little Google research. And then, the book.

As you may recall if you pay attention to the Today Show or any sort of news genre that covers pop culture in some degree, Kim Kardashian had a huge wedding last year (that some irreverently called America’s “royal” wedding — YUCK) and then got divorced 72 days later. Her mother’s book conveniently came out roughly a week or two later. I ordered it shortly thereafter and breezed through it because I really think a fourth grader could have written a better book.

But, that was not the reason I picked it up, of course. So let me tell you a little bit about it…First of all, the Kardashian/OJ Simpson connection is fascinating. I was so young when that murder case was happening that there were many details I didn’t really know about — and hearing it again through Kris Jenner’s memory was really interesting. I still do not know how he was determined to not be guilty.

Second, Kris Jenner is very open about her infidelity to Robert Kardashian prior to her marriage to Bruce Jenner. It is interesting and revealing. As a reader, you appreciate her honesty and straightforwardness on the topic. I think it was the first time I actually considered what it might be like to be on the other side of an affair (if you have read my blog before, you know I consider that the unforgivable sin in a relationship).

And finally, the family is inconceivably self absorbed. Sure, we knew that, but reading about it in such detail takes it to a whole new level. I was disgusted with them and baffled by the coinciding statements of faith.

Ultimately, the book was pure trash — but I knew it would be from the beginning. I just wanted to see what all the fuss was about and how they came to be who they are today. So, unless you have similar tendencies, don’t waste your time. You can get all the information I gleaned from the book in a quick Wikipedia reference without suffering through some of the worst prose ever written.

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