Wednesday, March 7, 2012

How to Lose Friends and Alienate People

Is Fame the new Fortune?  Considering the success of TV talent shows, it appears so.  But before you rush out to buy all the latest magazines catering to celebrity whims, listen to HOW TO LOSE FRIENDS & ALIENATE PEOPLE, a memoir written and read by a former editor at Vanity Fair who was fired because he didn't worship stars and fashion as required.  Apparently the editors at Conde Nast perceive themselves as gods who alone have their fingers on the pulse of some nebulous entity which dictates style trends.  Vanity Fair's editor in chief used to be editor of SPY, an irreverent celebrity satire magazine.  Ironically, he now drives a Bentley, is chummy those he once spoofed, and is more concerned about who {and more importantly who NOT} to invite to "the most important party of the season"--the Vanity Fair Oscar party.  Mere mortals wouldn't even make it past "the clipboard Nazi" at one of the clubs these people frequent.  A revealing memoir well read by its British author, Toby Young.  It was also made into a movie starring Megan Fox, Jeff Bridges, and Kirsten Dunst.  {Brilliance Audio/6 hours abridged} 

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