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The Grand Surprise by Leo Lerman
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A creepy and oogly little toad, Leo the Lerman made cert he knew everyone and would invite 50 or more celebs to each of his parties, in his walk-up -- on no budget and scant magazine salary. He always dined at the most "visible" eateries. Reading thi ...more
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The Reef by Edith Wharton
" It's hard to think of people being sex-crazed in the 19C, unless they're Kings. Morton Fullerton, a US journalist in Lon-Par was, nonetheless...he cou ...more "
Sketchbook is reading Howard Hughes: This is a very dirty book for heavenly minds.
Howard Hughes by Darwin Porter
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The Book Of Snobs by The Duke of Bedford
" So I said to Gert I said I said to Gert said I am tired of your linguistic affectations...Gert said.."thank you so much much," said Gert, "thank you h ...more "
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The Book Of Snobs by The Duke of Bedford
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Killingly funny, as Gert Stein sniffed when she gave this to me
in 1928 and promised that the Duke wouldn't publish it until
the '60s. In his "Art of Creation" essay, we learn, Arthur Koestler
describes a woman who had numerous affairs with authors, reg
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The Reef by Edith Wharton
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"Morty," Edie said, "if you can do that again, I'll get naked !"

What was EWs lover Morton Fullerton like ? In her
most autobiographical novel he appears as George
Darrow, an aspiring diplomat who has a casual fling
with a young American woman while wait
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Wisecracker by William J. Mann
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Fleeing his Virginia home, young Billy Haines (1900-1973) arrived in NYC after WW1, ready and willing for anything. He was smart, irreverent, charming and cool about sex. His attitude was, Why not? Never mind who. What to do with his life ? A talent ...more
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Perjury by Allen Weinstein
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Hiss: The All-American Deceiver.
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A saga of suicide, murder, betrayal, lies, deceit w Hiss,
"the consummate spy," front-center. Not even a retard could
think he was innocent. LeCarre meets Dame Agatha.

The Hiss Trial is considered one of the most dramati
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The Tremor of Forgery by Patricia Highsmith
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Sweaty Tunisia in the blistering sun. PaHi, suspense writer of "sheer dread," keeps you uncomfortable in a labyrinth of amorality, ethics and ambiguous relationships. That said, I don't think you can kill someone by hurling your typewriter at 'em in ...more
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“One of the delights beyond the grasp of youth is that of Not Going. Not to have an invitation for the dance, the party, the picnic, the excursion is to be diminished. To have an invitation and then not to be able to go -- oh cursed spite! Now I do not care the rottenest fig whether I receive an invitation or not. After years of illusion, I finally decided I was missing nothing by Not Going. I no longer care whether I am missing anything or not.”
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