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La Dolce Musto: Writings by the World's Most Outrageous Columnist Paperback – January 1, 2007

ISBN-13: 978-0786718795 ISBN-10: 078671879X

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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Carroll & Graf (January 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 078671879X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786718795
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.5 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,126,785 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Revealing as much about himself as he does his subjects, the out, proud and flamboyantly gay Musto mixes frivolity and furor in the gossip columns collected under the same title as his weekly Village Voice column dating back to 1984. The pieces range from firsthand observation of a 1985 Reagan presidential inaugural ball to scathing commentary on Mel Gibson's recent DUI arrest ("I had no idea that an open bar is all it takes to turn Mother Teresa into a hair-plugged Hitler"). Musto's strongest pieces include "The AIDS era: life during wartime" (1990), his urgent thoughts on the epidemic; "Rosie's b.s. isn't cutie patootie" (1997), in which he outs Rosie O'Donnell; and "Did I blow my chances with Anderson Cooper?" (2005), his persuasive argument for writing about celebrities' sexuality. His travelogues in Bangkok and Moscow, coupled with interviews with stars including Liberace ("pianist envy") epitomize his style: full of adulation, cattiness and sexual innuendo. Musto's snarky, dishy tales of New York nightlife will speak most to those who know the players, but when his topics are more accessible, (e.g., his blow-by-blow coverage of the 2006 Academy Awards in "Oscar flirts with the gays"), Musto's witty ridicule is pithy. (Jan.)
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About the Author

For over twenty years, Michael Musto has written the popular entertainment column "La Dolce Musto." The column has pioneered gay issues in celebrity, politics, and AIDS and has long been a mainstay of pop culture as well as a cutting edge chronicle of the hip and hopeful. He's also a columnist for Out magazine and a regular face on networks like E!, VH1, MSNBC, and Logo.

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Helene Hertzlinger on January 4, 2007
Format: Paperback
The Village Voice's longtime chronicler of New York's demimonde appears here between two covers in a sort of Best of.... compilation. Musto's gift for verbal wordplay, over-the-top observations, and risque puns makes him fun and interesting to read, even for those with little interest in the nightlife "scene." My favorites, some of which appear here, have to do with Blind Items, brainteasers wherein he drops tidbits about the various doings of the rich and infamous, and you're supposed to guess who it is. The trouble is, he'll never tell you when you're right! I guarantee you will love reading and rereading this book!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Baird Jones on January 28, 2007
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La Dolce Musto is a book which obviously cries out for its successor yet it still stands on its own, which is a remarkable achievement. Each section has its own appeal but the parts which really blew me away were the ripe dishy columns which covered the celeb/club scene from the 80s and early 90s. Musto caught Brad Pitt just starting out, Madonna when she still bantered in her own voice to the audience from the stage, the mid-90s Paris Hilton who was Bijoux Phillips -does anyone even remember her now for all her antics so admirably described by Musto. And what a supporting cast! It was such a memory lane to read about Andy Anderson -whatever happened to him? or Marc Berkeley? and the magazines like Seven Days, and so many clubs like Tilt etc that I had forgotten about even though they had ripped me off. I had almost forgotten Rosie O'Donnell's infatuation with Tom Cruise too. Musto's prose fits it all perfectly too, quick and sharp, often about himself but not distracting from others somehow. It is hard to believe that those columns could stand the test of time but actually I think they have gained somehow which is extraordinary. It would be great if there were an internet site where selected additional columns could be read. Great job here!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By lori a on February 1, 2007
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I love Musto's appearances on Keith Olberman's show, which is what lead me to purchase this book. Each "chapter" is one of his pieces written for the Village Voice over the years, which makes a chapter the perfect size for reading over your coffee in the morning to start your day off laughing. But, of course, he is not just funny, he is also very clever and a master of the pun.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By W. Lockard on June 28, 2007
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A ragtag collection of columns -- some of them vaguely amusing, a couple of them making some interesting comments and observations, but too many of them far too involved in the intricacies of 1990's NY nightlife. I'm sure that many of these articles were interesting and clever at the time if you had been to last night's party at Limelight but now they're just obscure and/or dull. Musto specializes in commenting on the day-to-day ephemera of celebrity, a topic which does not age gracefully. A decade or more later, it's hard to care much about his observations on things like the Madonna/Sandra Bernhardt faux-romance, a Reagan inaugural ball or Andy Warhol's funeral.
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I first started really paying attention to Musto because of his television appearances, since there's no Village Voice where I live. Live, he's hilarious, snarky and loves to skate the line of what the FCC would have palpitations over. I wouldn't be surprised if his appearances on Keith Olbermann's shows have a five-second delay.

I wasn't all that sure about how the collections of his columns would work, since Musto is at his best with his off-the top quips and oblique references of how much he really knows about celebs and may not be willing to say out loud. I ended up feeling sort of disappointed with the amount of celebrity snark that was replaced with his travelogue and stomach ailments as a result of his partying.

That's not to say there aren't juicy bits and random arrows slung at Hollywood types. I loved his little ongoing feud with Rosie O'Donnell and the evil eye turned towards the Hilton sisters. He's wonderful at alluding to scandals, but too often doesn't follow through the way I expected. It's nowhere nearly as bad as reading a blind item, but some passages left me feeling like I really wanted him to dish more.

This gets a solid four stars because Musto is a compelling author that writes with unabashed honesty and a real sense of humor, even when the topic seems a little boring. I would love to see him write a book independant of his columns, something fun like Kitchen Confidential Updated Ed: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly (P.S.) or Six Degrees of Paris Hilton: Inside the Sex Tapes, Scandals, and Shakedowns of the New Hollywood.
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