Books: Yuppie Lit: Publicize or Perish

Hot young authors are wheeled, dealed and hyped

If a handful of writers fall in together at a downtown-Manhattan nightclub, do they make a literary noise if there is no journalist around to hear them?

Of course -- because the joint is bound to be packed with publicists, photo opportunists and blaring life-stylists. The manufacture of quick and disposable illusions is an overwhelming reality in an era when the concept of image is replacing the value of reputation. What Historian Daniel J. Boorstin called pseudo events 25 fleeting years ago are now accepted as genuine occurrences that shape politics, economics, culture and the way individuals experience the world or,...

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