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The Diaries of Kenneth Tynan by Kenneth Tynan
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Mar 22, 2012

really liked it

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, "I'm so clean that every time I pass the toilet
I flush it."

The bulk of his diaries (d. 1980) focus on UK theaatuhh
names like Olivier, Osborne, Peter Hall, and his sport of
making whoopee x whacking bare-bottomed wenches. Tynan's
open-heart candor is mesmerizing as far as it goes. Which
is far enough.
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