A dazzling collection of profiles and interviews by the preeminent American cultural essayist of our time. In these 39 lively essays and profiles, best-selling novelist and biographer Edmund White draws on his wide reading and his sly good humour to illuminate some of the most influential writers, artists, and cultural icons of the past century: among them, Marcel Proust, Catherine Deneuve, George Eliot, Andy Warhol, Andre Gide, David Geffen, and Robert Mapplethorpe. Whether he's praising Nabokov's sensuality, or critiquing Elton John's walk ("as though he's a wind-up doll that's been overwound and sent heading for the top of the stairs"), or describing serendipitous moments in his seven-year-long research into the life of Genet, White is unfailingly observant, erudite, and entertaining.
"White has a novelist's eye for the telling detail or the remarkable place." - New York Times "As a writer, White possesses the rare combination of a poetic sense of language and an ironic sense of humour." - Newsweek "From the first few pages, I was ready to give myself over to his wanderings, just to find out where he would go next...Edmund White tells such a good story that I'm ready to listen to anything he wants to talk about." - New York Times"