Hype and Glory by William Goldman
Filled with gossipy and truly fascinating anecdotes, Hype & Glory is an insider’s look at two of the most popular events in the world–the Cannes Film Festival and the Miss America Pageant. (via Goodreads)
I spent many afternoons in college in the basement of Love Library – North reading from the 791.4 section. Don’t worry, I had to look that up. When I frequented the library, I knew where these books were without paying much attention to their call numbers. 791.4s are the books about public performances, radio, movies and TV. This is where I ran into William Goldman first. I read his scripts and dishy books about the movies before I ever tracked down a copy of The Princess Bride. I’d pull one off the shelves, sit at one of the few tables in Love Library – North’s basement and read until I had somewhere else to be. Ah, the good old days!
The blurb on the front of Hype & Glory reads: “A true account by the only person to have been a judge at both the Cannes Film Festival and the Miss America Pageant–in the same year–and lived to tell about it!” Good marketing because it’s that incongruity that got me. The Frenchness of Cannes; the New Jersey-ness of the Miss America Pageant. All told against Goldman’s divorce and re-insertion into the dating world. The stories are fun, if a little dated. The contests in question occurred in 1988 when $70 million was a huge budget for a motion picture. But it’s a neat behind-the-scenes look and Goldman is a talented storyteller.
Why did I choose to read this book? Impulse read. I like Goldman’s stuff.
Did I finish this book? (If not, why?) Yes. Good fast read.
Craft Lessons: Milk-by-the-pickles, maybe I can pick up some of Goldman’s levity.
Bookmark: For some reason, I ended up using the dust cover. It was sort of like, “I’m just going to dip into this book. I’m not serious enough to get a proper bookmark.”