Hollywood! Porn Stars! Advertising! Read all about it!

March 11, 2008

Production involves a lot sitting and a lot of flying. For me that means a lot of reading. Here’s what I injested and some thoughts to get you going:

First, I picked up Ian Halperin’s tawdry “Hollywood Undercover –Revealing the Sordid Secrets of Tinsel Town.” Halperin has made a career out of skimming and skewering pop culture. I reasoned his latest romp would be somewhat healthier than imbibing South African donuts. Whether that’s true is very much a matter of opinion.

Two things stood out. One is precisely the kind of sordidness that thrives on the Internet. And the other is precisely the kind of provocative thinking that makes online discussions so important.

Thing #1: Mr. Halperin had sex with Anna Nicole Smith beside Marilyn Monroe’s gravesite! Read that sentence again. I know I had to. That a nerdy reporter could shag this recently dead, overly famous and voluptuous bimbo at the gravesite of an even more famous, deader version of same is so…so… worth reading? Maybe not but then how could you not?

Thing #2: Halperin builds a case for the controversial view(s) that not only is Hollywood run by Gays and Jews but that they are what keep the Christian Right from totally dominating American culture. A strong one-two punch, it rocked my thinking. Few Jews exist in the White House and most Gay people have to repress it. Thus our government’s righteous tendencies go untended. So, Hooray for Hollywood! Washington has George Bush. Hollywood has Barbara Streisand. Both are terribly (the perfect word) influential. Halperin’s take is that they cancel each other out -a sugary but satisfying position.

Other books read on my trip: Nina DiSesa’s memoir about her robust career in advertising, “Seducing the Boy’s Club” and the autobiography of porn star “Ron Jeremy, The Hardest Working Man In Showbiz.” Two things I learned from these books: Ron Jeremy used his big penis to get to the top and Nina DiSesa didn’t need one. Believe it or not I prefered the latter. Less messy.

Stay tuned. The ‘Father of Altoids’ reviews the new campaign!

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