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This is an upscale beach book for a gay man of a certain age with an opera subscription Since I am a gay man of a certain age with an opera subscription, I loved it Great portraits of Maria Callas and Marlene Dietrich. Very dishy diaries of literary elite Found stories about Garbo unsubstantiated,third person gossip Dietrich, who was Lermans friend, is a tragic figure who at her lifes end makes money by talking to pen pals who jerk off and send her Loved the stories of his lifelong friend, Little T, Truman Capote. Another huge book only 650 pages but this one is different, in that, it is not about a favourite person and names names of people I never heard of before with few mentions of the familiar ones, but the writing is colourful and expressive and a joy to behold The use of language is unique, I wish I had read other things he had written but it was all before my time and in magazines So, even if it takes me as long to read as the last one two whole months which for me is absolute insanity or appro Another huge book only 650 pages but this one is different, in that, it is not about a favourite person and names names of people I never heard of before with few mentions of the familiar ones, but the writing is colourful and expressive and a joy to behold The use of language is unique, I wish I had read other things he had written but it was all before my time and in magazines So, even if it takes me as long to read as the last one two whole months which for me is absolute insanity or approaching loss of something I will enjoy itI think What is really delightful is his comprehensive and insightful descriptions of the people he meets He gets Gore Vidal and Truman Capote spot on and so I feel I can trust his descriptions of the others I know less well.Right to the end I could not stop, not a single boring paragraph and each biographical sketch encapsulates the individual so that they live for you Leo s world was not one I have ever been interested in but I came across his name in the biography of someone I was interested in and realized his life intersected many of the people whose biographies I had read and whose worlds I studied This book was filled with names of famous and infamous people from all over the world, all classes and circles I have filled my copy with under linings His writing is very accessible to the reader I didn t read this cover to cover, but rather dipped in and out of it, scanning for names I recognized, parties I was interested in There are Bloomsbury connections, and Leo went to Churchill s funeral but of course There s a good bit of Yiddishkeit, which is always interesting to me And a big helping of a New York that seems to have vanished Bittersweet. One of my favorite books of the last couple years Somewhat like the Warhol Diaries of an earlier era Leo knew everybody and anybody in NY fashion, art, publishing, opera etc in his day I think I ended up reading half a dozen other books about people and incidents mentioned here. A brilliant book, best read in snatches rather than straight through I ached for Lerman I wanted him to write his brilliant novel, to find peace in his personal life, to quiet his demons.It s a book with a lot of gossip, and I m sure that s why many pick it up, but it s muchthan that It s a book about Lerman s longing for connection with his parents, his friends, and his lovers and about his search for meaning. Read my review here Read my review here *Download Book ↙ The Grand Surprise: The Journals of Leo Lerman ↚ A remarkable life and voice emerge from the journals, letters, and memoirs of Leo Lerman writer, critic, editor at Conde Nast, and man about town at the center of New York s artistic and social circles from the s until his death in Lerman s contributions to the world of the arts were large and varied he wrote on theater, dance, music, art, books, and movies for publications as diverse as Mademoiselle and The New York Times He was features editor at Vogue and, briefly, editor in chief of Vanity Fair He launched careers and trends, exposing the American public to new talents, fashions, and ideasHe was a legendary party host as well, counting Marlene Dietrich, Maria Callas and Truman Capote among his intimates Cary Grant, Jackie Onassis, Isak Dinesen and Margot Fonteyn were part of his larger circle But his personal accounts and correspondence reveal him also as having a full private life, mourning the emigre world of s and s New York City, reflecting on being Jewish and an openly homosexual man He offers a social and emotional history Revieved in New Yorker, looks extra interesting If the entire book were just the photo of the author kissing Martha Graham in 1974, I would still give it a well deserved 5 stars.