The “Haunting Melodies” of Liz Phair’s Life

Book review: Horror Stories, by Liz Phair (Amazon / Book Depository) We can be monsters, we human beings, in the most offhand and cavalier ways. I don't much like celebrity memoirs unless they're about escaping Scientology or Tina Fey's. The writing can drag and I don't care about behind-the-scenes stories, so I'd planned to skip... Continue Reading →

What You Wear Can Change Your Life: Sartorial Lessons in a Memoir of Surviving Auschwitz

Book review: Measure of a Man, by Martin Greenfield with Wynton Hall (Amazon / Book Depository) Martin Greenfield was born Maximilian Grünfeld in Pavlovo, then part of Czechoslovakia and now in Ukraine. At age fifteen, he and his family were deported to Auschwitz, like so many other Jewish families in this part of the world... Continue Reading →

Essays on Famous Lives and Perceived Parallels

Book review: All the Lives I Want, by Alana Massey New York magazine columnist and cultural critic Alana Massey writes a collection of strange but compelling essays about "her best friends who happen to be famous strangers." They're amusing, some reach impressive analytical depth, and yet they're inconsistent in hitting their mark or striking the right... Continue Reading →

Some Light Hollywood Trash-Talking

Book review: Kathy Griffin's Celebrity Run-Ins, by Kathy Griffin I love Kathy Griffin's standup. Sometimes if I'm feeling down, clips of her energetic, overexcited, judgmental storytelling work as a quick fix cheerer-upper. I haven't read her other book, Official Book Club Selection, which I think got positive reviews, but I started reading this one when I couldn't focus on... Continue Reading →

Take My Money

Book review: Thanks For the Money: How to Use My Life Story to Become the Best Joel McHale You Can Be, by Joel McHale (Amazon / Book Depository) I'm not a big fan of celebrity memoirs/essay collections/tell-alls. I've read Tina Fey's Bossypants because I think she's the greatest, and Ellen Degeneres' because she's sweet and funny, and... Continue Reading →

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