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Book Review – Starmaker: Life as a Hollywood Publicist with Farrah, The Rat Pack, and 600 more stars who fired me

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I was watching a live tapping at the Fabulous Fox of the NPR show Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me! and one of the questions concerned the girls that fawned over Vegas singer Tom Jones who were paid to throw their keys and panties on stage to this sex machine.   The source was Starmaker: Life as a Hollywood Publicist with Farrah, The Rat Pack, and 600 more stars who fired me by Jay Bernstein and made me curious to learn more about the inside story to the LaLa land of Hollywood.

According to Jay Bernstein, “The only rule in Hollywood is there are no rules” and with that mantra Bernstein rose the pinnacle of representing the top stars. The normal kid from Oklahoma always seemed to be in the right place at the right time. He was once literally chased around the room by Jane Mansfield. He worked with the Rat Pack and befriended Sammy Davis, Jr., disclosing the bizarre dominating and bratty behavior of Frank Sinatra.

The real story that caught my attention is how he guided Farah Fawcett onto the scene in the 1970s and how she became the most recognized woman in the world. He did the same for countless others. At time,s his life’s story is shared from inside the hurricane storm of pop culture and where the beautiful people reside.  In the back of the book, the dedication is to all those he represented and who fired him along the away. With no hard feelings, Bernstein notes that he wrote this book to remind the very transitional community of Hollywood of the era where he was a kingmaker.

Book Facts:

Starmaker: Life as a Hollywood Publicist with Farrah, The Rat Pack, and 600 more stars who fired me by Jay Bernstein as told to Larry Cortez Hamm with David Rubini

2011 ECW Press 350 pp

ISBN: 978-1-77041-012-1

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An Evening with David Sedaris at Fox Theatre April 16

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ATLANTA, GA (Feb. 24, 2015) – The Fox Theatre is pleased to present An Evening with David Sedaris, author of the previous bestsellers Naked, Me Talk Pretty One DayDress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, and regular National Public Radio contributor who will be appearing for one night only at the Fox Theatre on Thursday, April 16, 2015 at 7:30pm.

Celebrating the June 3, 2014 paperback release of his latest title, #1 New York Times Bestseller, Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls, author David Sedaris comes to Atlanta for an evening of engaging recollections and featuring all-new readings.

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Dr. Mike’s “The Fallacy of the Calorie”

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Dr. Mike (Michael S. Fenster, MD) has a sense of humor in dispersing his dietary and nutritional advice in The Fallacy of the Calorie, but what’s also funny is the fact that this cardiologist is dishing out all this information while criticizing supposed self-proclaimed food experts.

Take this passage, for example: “These days it seems as if everybody has an opinion about food and health. People watch Dr. Oz, tune in to the Food Network, or read some anecdotal diatribe on the Internet and all of a sudden they’re full of expert opinions and analysis.”

Dr. Mike mentions only Dr. Oz by name. He then goes on to allude to a bunch of straw men who give consumers lots of conflicting food guidance before launching into his own enterprising book of culinary realness. Dr. Mike is in your face and sounds like a go-getter, I guess. He says if I’m happy with the food I eat and my state of wellness, health, verdure, heartiness is a-okay, then this is not the book for me. PUT THIS BOOK DOWN. If only!

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SPX 2014 Programming Schedule

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SPX is fast approaching! Check out the release about this year’s panels and programming to plan your weekend. They all sound remarkable, highlighting diversity in the comics and cartooning industry that is often overlooked.

The Small Press Expo is pleased to announce the SPX 2014 Programming Schedule.  SPX continuing the festival’s established tradition of rich, thought-provoking programming featuring leading comics artists and critics in conversation. As in previous years, the Programming Schedule will feature two simultaneous tracks on both Saturday and Sunday, September 13th and 14th.

SPX 2014 programming highlights include special Q&A sessions with headline guests Lynda Barry, Jules Feiffer, Charles Burns, Raina Telgemeier, Drew Friedman. Eleanor Davis, Mimi Pond and John Porcellino, many of whom will also join in other panel discussions.

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