06 January 2012

Leo Lerman Redux

Some Leo Lerman journal entries about Marlene Dietrich have filled the pages of a new book, New York Diaries: 1609-2009. Its editor, Teresa Carpenter, included Dietrich-related highlights from Lerman's writings that had been published in 2007 under the title, The Grand Surprise: The Journals of Leo Lerman. Instead of sighing at the accounts of Dietrich's love-sickness, financial woes, and alcoholism that pervaded the Lerman book, you'll laugh again about Greta Garbo's unsanitary austerity, Dietrich's animated wig, Prince Philip's flirtations, and Andy Warhol's inability to distinguish Dietrich from Josephine Baker. Below are both books for you to compare:

New York Diaries: 1609-2009

The Grand Surprise: The Journals of Leo Lerman


  1. We seem to be having a very Conde Nast day on this blog!

    Who's going to do a post on Lerman's nemesis, Alex Liberman? ;)

  2. Haha! He's one of the blind items that someone else (umaneo?) mentioned in the comments section last year, and I was thinking about posting it anyway. Speaking of Conde Nast, I once stumbled upon a blog that compared Dietrich to a dead crow in those Steichen photos, and I can't say I disagree.