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Celebrity: How Entertainers Took Over The World and Why We Need an Exit Strategy Paperback – 1 Apr 2010
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"An excoriating, needle-sharp and superbly funny attack on the 'stars' who abuse their fame" (Metro)
"This hilarious romp through modern culture by the Guardian columnist highlights the bizarre reach of hollow fame these days... Shudder-inducingly funny" (The Big Issue)
"If you like sharp, funny and super-smart, Marina Hyde is your woman" (Jonathan Freedland)
"She is one of those rare writers who are the same in person as they are on the page, damn good fun... It's a brilliant read, a surreal whistle-stop tour through the rogues' gallery of 21st century celebrities" (Chitra Ramaswamy Scotland on Sunday)
"Much of Hyde's material will be familiar...made me laugh out loud...outrageous and opening" (Guardian)
About the Author
Marina Hyde read English at Christ Church, Oxford, and started in journalism as a temporary secretary on the Sun's showbiz desk. She has worked at the Guardian since 2000, where her three weekly columns - on sport, celebrity and politics - have won her a reputation as one of the funniest and most admired journalists in the UK. She lives in London.
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Her theme is the extreme tendency to a sense of entitlement among celebrities, and the even more extreme lack of any rational argument that actors should be interceding in world events with any sense of authority.
"One of the favourite laments of modern celebrity is that 'there's no handbook for fame.' ... Rather more affectingly, there's no handbook for the rest of us, either. The rest of us being people who don't have publicists, ... people who hadn't realised they'd given Richard Gere power of attorney."
This book has laugh-out-loud sharp as a scalpel throwaways five-to-the-page, and has me in stitches every time I pick it up.
It's a tonic basically for all of us who live in this awful awful cultural cul-de-sac that somehow got constructed by Hollywood for sound commercial reasons but ran out of meaning decades ago and left us with this terrible troupe of halfwit celebrities who somehow want to run the world for the rest of us, and base that on their hairstyles, sultry tones and stunning good looks.