By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Updated March 17, 2020 at 02:46 AM EDT
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The Importance of Being Famous

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Some of the profiles in this absorbing compendium are more than 10 years old and give off the faintly dated, musky Opium scent of ”Vanity Fair” in its mid-’90s wardrobe, where these pieces first appeared. But Orth, the magazine’s astute and briskly unbulls — -able correspondent, pulls her collection together with incisive updates on her subjects (Arianna Huffington, Michael Jackson, Vladimir Putin) and running commentary she labels ”Notes from the Celebrity-Industrial Complex.” In sensibly, wittily assessing her place in the story, and the story’s place in pop-cultural history, she creates an invaluable literary star map to the intersection of fame and infamy.

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The Importance of Being Famous

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  • Maureen Orth

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