Like many other (heck, it’s a multimillion dollar industry), I can easily get sucked in by the celebrity gossip industry. In fact, it used to be my decompression internet timewaster of choice. (Now I do t.v. recaps…. maybe one day I’ll read Paris Review interviews).
I did stop. But the sordid appeal is still there, and that’s why I can’t get enough of the Hairpin’s Scandals of Classic Hollywood. It’s a monthly feature (as far as I can tell) laying out the details of famed Hollywood characters: Marilyn Monroe, Marlon Brando, Lana Turner.
Written by Anne Helen Petersen, who is getting her Phd in Media Studies, the series is funny, engaging and insightful. The perfect way to while away an afternoon.