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Celebrity interviews

“I’ll make movies until I make babies. I have no idea when the handover will happen.”

Ryan GoslingRead full article

“My virginity was a big deal, my braces were a big deal – all because I was America’s sweetheart.”

Brooke ShieldsRead full article

“I’ve squandered an opportunity that people would kill for. You reach a certain age and you come to the conclusion that greatness is not in you.”

Woody AllenRead full article

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“I was doing drugs, I allowed crystal to be put up my ass. I had hired a whore I was fucking. Part of me thinks I am to blame for it. I put myself in a position to be raped.”

‘Cocaine Came First. Then the Whores’: Kevin Sessums on Surviving Drugs and Loving the Devil
The Daily Beast, March 6, 2015

Most literally, I Left It on the Mountain, the title of Kevin Sessums’s second riveting memoir, refers to a plant on Kilimanjaro, which the 58-year-old celebrity interviewer climbed in 2006. His guide tells Sessums he can take a cutting from the plant, give it to the person who has angered him, and in that way they will know that all is forgiven.

He hears his father’s voice in his mind: “Son, there’s nothing to forgive,” and doesn’t take a cutting from the plant.

On that odyssey, Sessums was facing his conflicted feelings about being HIV-positive (he was diagnosed when he was 45) and how that was tied to his sexuality and upbringing. That is another emotional brew detailed both here and in his first memoir, Mississippi Sissy, which also recounted his troubled relationship with his father, the deaths of his parents (he was an orphan by 9), and later, his molestation by a minister.

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Philip Seymour Hoffman: an actor first

The Daily Beast, February 2, 2014

‘Blue,’ through lesbian eyes

The New York Times, November 6, 2013

How gay was Gore Vidal?

The Daily Beast, July 31, 2013

Book of Mormon: The South Park crew find God

The Times, March 16, 2011

The colourful life of Howard Hodgkin

The Times, March 22, 2008

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Style and fashion

A no-sweat work shirt? No sweat

The New York Times, December 19, 2013

The Biggie: a tainted status symbol

The New York Times, November 17, 2013

Eileen Ford: the woman who created the supermodel

The Times, March 17, 2012

Vidal Sassoon: Not bad for a hairdresser

The Times, August 21, 2010

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