The Diaries of Kenneth Tynan
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An intoxicating mix of aesthetics, theater, love, sex, and politics from the perspective of a man who often served as confidant to the glittering personalities of his age.

Irreverent, indiscreet, wildly funny, sad, shocking, and inspiring, the legendary diaries of Kenneth Tynan, arguably the greatest critic of the twentieth century, are above all compelling literature. For...more
Paperback, 448 pages
Published October 2nd 2002 by Bloomsbury USA (first published October 22nd 2001)
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Inside Hollywood: Kenneth Tynan subs for Nathanael West.
Before his death, age 53, Tynan found himself in California
where, he groans, 1-out-of-3 is involved in the military-
defense complex. And then there's Hollywood ! Trying to
finance a pic, finish a profile; trying to stay alive, he--.
Dinner w vulgarian agent Sue Mengers: "Sliding my hand to
reach her enormous bum," he reflects, "there would be a lot
of sheer buttock to whip." A biopic on her could be titled,
he says, "Pigs Can Fly."

Snurfs Sue, "...more
Oct 05, 2007 Angela is currently reading it
I will always be "currently-reading" this book, and I will never be on a specific page.
"Dinner at Ava Gardner's," begins one typical entry in The Diaries of Kenneth Tynan.
Regarded by many as the greatest theater critic since Shaw, Tynan's extraordinary diaries are witty, brilliant, provocative and sad. Sad because Tynan died in 1980 at the age of 53 from pulmonery emphysema, probably abetted by the two-packs-of cigarettes a day habit that he couln't break because he needed to smoke to write. Sad,too, because he spent the last few years of his life in decline: beset by financial...more
K.T. was a man of deep-rooted contradictions if ever there was one.

In this book a heart-felt harangue on the ultimate merits of socialism, including some classical bewailing of his own inability to give a helping hand to this brave new world due to old age and poor health is followed by the joyous description of the recently purchased Jaguar. He sincerely believes that the lifestyle of routs and conspicuously chic consumption doesn’t put his anti-bourgeois beliefs to shame, for the simple reason...more
Stephanie Patterson
This volume of the diaries of Kenneth Tynan is hugely entertaining. Tynan, the theater critic for the London paper, The Observer, and the dramaturg of the National Theater in its early days contains lines worth quoting on every page.
Here’s part of an entry I sent to several of my friends, Tynan is describing a conference he’s attending: “ Many of the panelists cease, on achieving panel membership, to speak English. Instead they speak panelese. Otherwise intelligent men, with delicately nurture...more
I got through this book in two lengthy sessions, finishing it this morning at 6. A fascinating figure, very witty and shrewd opinions about theatre. Amazing circle of friends - here and in New York and in Hollywood. Loved his (very beautiful) wife Kathleen Tynan and his two children but had many extra marital affairs, all of which included sessions of mutual spanking. A conflicted man, confident but insecure, who often felt that he wasn't creative. A hedonist who read his old Oxford tutor C. S....more
Kenneth Tynan was a leading theatre critic for various British newspapers in the 50's and 60's and somehow ended up in Los Angeles. A hardcore theater guy, as well as a dandy of sorts, this is a very interesting man, who loved a side of spanking here and there.
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