9781250074768

The Fame Lunches On Wounded Icons, Money, Sex, the Brontės, and the Importance of Handbags

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  • ISBN13:

    9781250074768

  • ISBN10:

    1250074762

  • Edition: Reprint
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 9/8/2015
  • Publisher: Picador

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Summary

A New York Times Book Review Notable Book

Daphne Merkin brings her signature combination of wit, candor, and penetrating intelligence to subjects that touch on every aspect of contemporary culture, from the high calling of the literary life to the poignant underside of celebrity and our collective fixation on fame.

Merkin's elegant, widely admired profiles go beneath the glossy facades to consider their vulnerabilities and demons, as well as their enduring hold on us. Here one will encounter a gallery of complex, unforgettable celebrities, from Marilyn Monroe to Mike Tyson, and from Courtney Love to Truman Capote. Merkin also offers reflections on writers as varied as Jean Rhys, W. G. Sebald, John Updike, and Alice Munro. From a brazenly honest and deeply empathic observer, The Fame Lunches shines a light on truths we often prefer to keep veiled-and in doing so opens up the conversation for all of us.

Author Biography

<p><b>Daphne Merkin</b>, a former staff writer for <i>The New Yorker</i>, is a regular contributor to <i>ELLE</i>. Her writing frequently appears in <i>The New York Times</i>, <i>Bookforum</i>, <i>Departures</i>, <i>Travel + Leisure</i>, <i>W</i>, <i>Vogue</i>, and other publications. Merkin has taught writing at the 92nd Street Y, Marymount, and Hunter College. Her previous books include <i>Enchantment</i>, a novel, and <i>Dreaming of Hitler</i>, a collection of essays. She lives in New York City.</p><p>
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Table of Contents

Introduction: Travels at My Desk




I. STARDUST AND ASHES


The Fame Lunches


Platinum Pain (Marilyn Monroe)


Locked in the Playground (Michael Jackson)


Gidget Doesn't Live Here Anymore (Sandra Dee)


The Mystery of Dr. B. (Bruno Bettelheim)


Hunting Diana (Princess Diana)


The Peaceful Pugilist (Mike Tyson)


In Warm Blood (Truman Capote)


Endless Love (Courtney Love)


Days of Brilliant Clarity (Richard Burton)




I I. SKIN- DEEP


Against Lip Gloss or, New Notes on Camp


In My Head I'm Always Thin


The Yom Kippur Pedicure


The Unbearable Obsolescence of Girdles


Brace Yourself


Android Beauty




I I I. OUT OF PRINT


Freud Without Tears (Adam Phillips)


Bloomsbury Becomes Me (Lytton Strachey)


The Loose, Drifting Material of Life (Virginia Woolf)


Moping on the Moors (The Brontė Sisters)


The Lady Vanquished (Jean Rhys)


Last Tango (Anne Carson)


Dust- to- Dustness (W. G. Sebald)


Portrait of the Artist as a Fiasco (Henry Roth)


A Tip of the Hat (John Updike)




IV. HIGHER VALUES


When a Bag Is Not Just a Bag


A Fashionable Mind


Our Money, Ourselves


Let the Fur Fly


Marketing Mysticism




V. WOMEN IN THE SINGULAR


An In de pen dent Woman (Liv Ullmann)


Sleeping Alone (Diane Keaton)


What the Camera Sees in Her (Cate Blanchett)


A Thorny Irish Rose (Nuala O'Faolain)


Illuminating the Ordinary (Alice Munro)


That British Dame (Margaret Drabble)


Sister Act (Betty Friedan)




VI . THE MATING GAME


Life on a Dare (Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald)


On Not Learning to Flirt


Glass House (J. D. Salinger and Joyce Maynard)


So Not a Fag Hag


A Matched Pair (Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath)


The Consolations of Thread Count


Can This Divorce Be Saved?


Brilliant Monsters (V. S. Naipaul)


Do I Own You Now?




Acknowledgments



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