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Fame Lunches : On Wounded Icons, Money, Sex, the Brontës, and the Importance of Handbags

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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.

Edition: Reprint
Number of Pages: 400
Genre: Literary Collections
Sub-Genre: Essays
Format: Paperback
Publisher: St Martins Pr
Author: Daphne Merkin
Language: English
Street Date: September 8, 2015
TCIN: 18849140
UPC: 9781250074768
Item Number (DPCI): 247-48-2389
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