Picks and Pans Review: Loose Lips

updated 10/23/1995 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 10/23/1995 AT 01:00 AM EDT

by Kurt Andersen, Lisa Birnbach, Jamie Malanowski

Casey Kasem has a nasty temper. Princess Diana uses profanity. Michael Jackson calls himself "doo-doo head." These and other off-the-record insights spill from Loose Lips, a raunchy, amusing assortment of candid celebrity moments drawn from studio outtakes, court testimony and other public sources (some "vaguely illicit") collected by Spy co-founder Kurt Andersen, The Official Preppy Handbook author Lisa Birnbach and Esquire editor Jamie Malanowski. Eavesdropping on the rich and famous (and the lewd and loutish) also lets us in on Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda using a four-letter word 22 times in a player meeting, Tom Snyder singing about his anatomy during a commercial break and this exchange between Bruce Springsteen and a lawyer during a deposition:

LAWYER: We all have ways of answering questions with a "yup" or a "uh-huh" or a "um-hmmm." As I'm sure you realize, it's difficult for the court stenographer to take that down and then put it in a transcript so that someone else can read it and then understand that when you were saying "uh-hum" or "um-hmmm" you meant yes or no. So I may from time to time just stop you and say, "Just answer it yes or no." Okay? Do you understand?

SPRINGSTEEN: Um-hmmm. (Fireside, paper, $11)

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