Picks and Pans Review: Getting by on $100,000 a Year
by Andrew Tobias
These articles were written during the '70s, and their offhand, bright style is a reminder of just how good Esquire and New York magazines were in earlier incarnations. Tobias is brilliant on the scandal involving Columbia Pictures executive David Begelman because he goes beyond the mere facts and manages to explain why a man with an enormous salary, plus a house as a perk, could feel poor in Hollywood. In the case of Frank Yablans, the much hated and feared former president of Paramount, Tobias explains how awful films like The Great Gatsby and Love Story were turned into money-makers. The article on blind Laura Sloate, "the Sightless Wonder of Wall Street," is an example of the personality essay at its best, full of unexpected observations. There is little real financial advice—just top-quality reporting. Who would have believed that money and the people preoccupied by it could be so much fun to read about? (Simon and Schuster, $10.95)
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