An issue devoted to the dubious rewards and strange effects of fame which successfully avoids mentioning Andy Warhol. With contributions from Andrew O’Hagan, Jason Cowley, Geoff Dyer and Zoë Heller.
‘Every time I drink a glass of claret it goes straight to my face.’
‘Go back to Arkansas, Billary’
‘Those who control the image of the monarchy did not then know the power of indifference.’
‘The mushrooms made an unexpected comeback and all the accumulated confusion of the day burst in upon us and left us stranded in an alien city’.
‘Women observing other women tend to be engrossed by the details—the bodily minutiae, the clothing particulars.’
‘As he spoke, I thought how much Richard himself looked like a flyer: at forty-three he is symmetrical and compact, like Scott Tracy, the handsomest of those idealized pilots in Thunderbirds.’
‘The deposed emperor was in shock. He spent his days playing, at maximum volume, a patriotic record’
‘How did it feel to have a Jewish grandfather who owed his life to the friendship, or gratitude, or mercy, of Adolf Hitler?’
‘Slobodan Milošević was coming to my prison.’
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