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Friday, March 6, 2009

How To Lose Friends and Alienate People by Toby Young

For Francine, maybe you should just see the movie...
You'll Never Eat Lunch in This Town Again meets The Bonfire of the Vanities, as told by...a male Bridget Jones? And it all really happened. In 1995 high-flying British journalist Toby Young left London for New York to become a contributing editor at Vanity Fair. Other Brits had taken Manhattan--Alistair Cooke, Tina Brown, Anna Wintour--so why couldn't he? But things didn't quite go according to plan. Within the space of two years he was fired from Vanity Fair, banned from the most fashionable bar in the city, and couldn't get a date for love or money. Even the local AA group wanted nothing to do with him.
I read this 4 years ago and at that time I didn't get all the stuff that he was saying I was in another country and doesn't know half of the stuff that he was talking about and so I have to read it again to fully comprehend the scenarios that he was talking about. I have some good laughs, I mean hello, talk about personality problems, Toby Young have them no wonder he keeps getting beat on relationships, on career and maybe just about anything. But this book is bad, I only got it because of the title, I thought I'll get a really good stroy out of it. As a memoir, it's probably more appropriate as a bathroom/air plane read. Yeah and his obsession with the entertainment industry, was just too... shallow/pathetic? I don't know I mean who am I to judge. Ok, fine I think he's an ass (most of the time through out reading the book part, only). For people who wants a long rant of arrogant and foolish ambition, or whatever this book might work for you. Otherwise you'll find it boring and maybe irritating. Props for the cover and the title of the book though. Applied very well. LOL

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