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"A Curious Career" is about the art of being nosy. Lynn Barber is more than a legend in her own mind. She is a clever British journalist and author that graduated from Oxford, went to work for Bob Guccione at “Penthouse”, and later created a career in journalism. With a keen sense of what titillates the general public, Barber honed interview skills that elicit the best and worst of famous people of the late 20th and early 21st century.
Barber describes her interview of Salvador Dali when she worked for Penthouse. She enjoyed the interview because of Dali’s uninhibited personality and unsolicited comments; i.e. comments ranging from masturbation as a sexual preference to signing blank pieces of paper, with Dali’s explanation that he is printing money. The blank pieces of paper become doodled pictures by others who would sell them as Dali originals.
On one hand, it is easy to see why there is a battle between the press and the famous; on the other hand, what Barber reveals is what the public is often most interested in knowing. A more palatable anecdote is Barber’s interview of Jimmy Savile with questions about his lascivious treatment of young girls, before it is known by the general public. (In 2011, Sir James Wilson Vincent Savile dies in disgrace.) "A Curious Career" is a primer for aspiring journalists; particularly for those who use the interview process to reveal the truth of what is important.
Loved it wish it were longer
the Shane Mc gowan episode or maybe...Marianne F
Wonderful narration everyone down to T. I bet they had a good laugh doing it.
I loved this book - it made me laugh out loud on several occasions and i was aghast at the arrogance of some of my 'heroes'. Lynn Barber has got a lovely writing style and highly entertaining. Only misery is that it is far too short.