The Fame Lunches

The Fame Lunches

On Wounded Icons, Money, Sex, the Brontes, and the Importance of Handbags

Book - 2014
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"A collection of essays on everything from handbags to John Updike, lip gloss to Michael Jackson, and everything in between"--
Publisher: New York :, Farrar, Straus and Giroux,, 2014.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781250074768
9780374140373
0374140375
Branch Call Number: 814.54 Merkin 09/2014
Characteristics: xiii, 400 pages ;,24 cm

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biffblack
Sep 25, 2018

I'm fond of Daphne Merkin. I like her. I wanted to like this book. And the title essay is amusing and good. ("Merkins unfair to children.") Most of this collection, as technically well written as it is, feels labored. For example, in a rumination on the enduring appeal of the late Princess Diana, do we, as readers, really need for Merkin to establish how chummy-chumikins she is with the overrated editor Tina Brown? Whiffs of Manhattan social-climbing engulf Merkin's endeavors and -- well, you know the rest. Her erudition borders on boredom. I began to wish she were less "ironic" and would just play it straight. The self-indulgence of pieces like the one re getting a manicure on Yom Kippur, and her fake guilt over doing so, overwhelms the author's worthwhile qualities.

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CRAIGEEJ
Dec 13, 2014

Well done a bit tedious at times (wanted ) certain passages to end quickly but overall I'd re-read it.

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