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Tabloid Baby Hardcover – October, 1999
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And let me also be up front about how I first encountered this book...because I'm sure that many of the people writing reviews on this site read it the same way.
In all my years of doing television for a living, I don't think I've ever seen a more photocopied, illegally reproduced 500 plus pages than I did with Tabloid Baby - and I am talking about people literally comandeering photo copy machines for an hour to get this thing out to their friends in L.A. and New York and everywhere in between.
I have never seen more executives and management types running into offices, slamming doors and soaking themselves in a BOOK of all things!
I'm talking about people who haven't read anything deeper than the front page of the LA Times Entertainment section since freshman Lit. 101.
It was for that reason that I avoided Tabloid Baby for as long as I could. Afterall, I am a person who actually goes out of my way to read books that may not include my name in them.
It just so happened that I picked up one of the photocopied volumes while eating lunch at an other wise empty conference room table.
It was the longest...and I have to admit...the most enjoyable lunch I've ever eaten alone. I went in preparing to eat Mr. Kearns for lunch. I came out with a solid, grudging respect for this book. I will pay it the highest compliment I can for any book coming out of this self deluded town. It is real. That's it. You want to meet a real person? You want to have Hollywood reality rubbed in your face? You can't do better.
Is he lying? I wouldn't know. If you're going to tell me he's lying...reprint the lie so we can all see it. Otherwise, you're just another hack with an axe to grind, as far as I'm concerned.
Otherwise, buy this book. And - unlike the rest of us Hollywood hypocrites - buy it from Amazon. That's the only regret I have about the whole adventure. If I ever meet Burt Kearns on a street corner, I'm going to pay him my thirty bucks on the spot. And I'll shake his hand too.
Thanks for the space.
This is a real, excruciatingly honest, and side-splittingly hilarious skewering of the tabloid TV era--and it's very funny to see what current stars pop up from the closet of skeletons!
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