Time Essay: The Bull Market in Personal Secrets

In those days I think she'd experiment sexually with anything and she was absolutely open about it.

—Tallulah, Darling, by Denis Brian

I told Marlon to hurry and get all his clothes together and go up on the roof because I didn't know whether Burt would come back up the elevator or run up the stairs.

—Shelley, by Shelley Winters

Tidbits of such an odor would have caused gasps if they had been mentioned in private chats not long ago, or full-blown scandals if they had appeared in print. Today nobody bothers to lift an eyebrow at the seamiest intimate tale, not even when it...

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