Have Daily Beast readers finally tired of Michael Weiss’ war mongering? Some thoughts by Myra Breckenridge


Has the Daily Beast returned to the once successful formula, once practiced by editor  Tina Brown, of recycled Hollywood gossip? Tales of on-set and off-set melodrama of the long dead ‘Stars’ of another Age? The reader quails at the thought of a constipated  Elizabeth Taylor ! This particular essay concerns the filming of the 1973 release  ‘Ash Wednesday’, adapted from ‘Money, Murder, and Dominick Dunne: A Life in Several Acts’ by Robert Hofler. The free use of quotation marks around the statements attributed  to  Taylor, Burton, Dunne and the other actors in this melodrama are based on the memory of Mr. Dunne? The meaning/practice of verisimilitude has been stretched to its limits by   Mr. Hofler, who doesn’t know the meaning nor the practice of brevity.


Myra Breckenridge


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Rootless cosmopolitan,down at heels intellectual;would be writer. 'Polemic is a discourse of conflict, whose effect depends on a delicate balance between the requirements of truth and the enticements of anger, the duty to argue and the zest to inflame. Its rhetoric allows, even enforces, a certain figurative licence. Like epitaphs in Johnson’s adage, it is not under oath.' https://www.lrb.co.uk/v15/n20/perry-anderson/diary
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