Picks and Pans Review: Public Spectacles

updated 04/20/1981 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 04/20/1981 AT 01:00 AM EST

by Stephen M. Silverman

The author of these pungent articles about show business writes for the New York Post, and appears in each piece as "the reporter." Aggressive press agents are portrayed as colorfully in the book as their clients, and many stars are revealed in new ways. Bette Midler "was telling people they weren't to talk in her presence when they sensed she was in a pensive mood." The parties seem endless: "I'm at this terrible party, there's absolutely nobody here, and this crazy woman just smoked an entire joint and passed out. It's the pits." For those who wonder how a reporter on the glamor beat in New York suffers for his art, this book is the real thing. (Dutton, $ 11.50)

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