I'm just absolutely shocked that Courtney Love's groundbreaking book is coming out next week and all anyone seems to be talking about is the new novel by Pynchon. Sheesh. I bet you don't get to see a naked butt on the cover of Pynchon's book. Anyway, here's what Publishers Weekly says about the new CLove:
Love writes in her introduction: "I have always said that I would never write a book, and I really haven't." It's true-"diaries" is something of a misnomer, as "scrapbooks" would more accurately describe the collection of old photographs, hand-scrawled song lyrics and other documents that fill these pages. The materials assembled by Stander cover every phase of the rock star's "wild pirate life," from a failed childhood audition forThe Mickey Mouse Club to an e-mail exchange with Lindsay Lohan about dealing with negative press coverage. (The compilation is so up-to-date it even includes her shocked reactions to the revelations about JT Leroy.) Along the way there are mimeographed flyers for early Hole concerts, a picture of the actual heart-shaped box that inspired Kurt Cobain to write the Nirvana song and photo after photo of Love herself, from candid backstage shots to more polished celebrity portraits. A foreword by Carrie Fisher and an afterword by political activists Jennifer Baumgardner and Amy Richards (Manifesta ) each, in their own way, celebrate Love as an unrestrained feminist, but the best way to understand her may be to plunge directly into the raw materials. One thing's for sure: you really have never seen a celebrity memoir like this.
Funny I really was waiting for "David Foster Wallace at his best" but I guess the PW folks didn't get the memo.