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The Two Krishnas: A Novel
Ghalib Shiraz Dhalla
The Diviners
Libba Bray
My Blue Notebooks PA: The Intimate Journal of Paris's Most Beautiful and Notorious Courtesan
Liane de Pougy

The Star Machine (Vintage)

The Star Machine - Jeanine Basinger I picked up this book randomly at a book store, adding to my veritable collection of books on Old Hollywood. The book examines the process by which the Hollywood machine made people into stars, which was calculated and efficient. I'm amazed by the power of those old studios, the way they created stars, plucking men and women out of obscurity, ruthlessly making them over, creating new names and new biographies for them, controlling every bit of press, and even covering up crimes they committed.It's fascinating as a modern reader conditioned to, for the most part, believe that the movie stars are real, that what you see is what you get.It also makes me think of the parallels between the old Studio system in Hollywood and the still current company system in the Japanese entertainment business. I'd love to compare the process of creating a Johnny's star....