Hard to Get Nancy Collins has some advice for aspiring journalists: "I rarely cover a story where you can't wear high heels," she writes in the lengthy introduction… Hard to Get Nancy Collins has some advice for aspiring journalists: "I rarely cover a story where you can't wear high heels," she writes in the lengthy introduction… Nonfiction Pop Culture Random House
Book Review

Hard to Get (1990)

EW's GRADE
C-

Details Writer: Nancy Collins; Genres: Nonfiction, Pop Culture; Publisher: Random House

Nancy Collins has some advice for aspiring journalists: ''I rarely cover a story where you can't wear high heels,'' she writes in the lengthy introduction to Hard to Get, a collection of her celebrity interviews for Rolling Stone, New York, and Esquire. ''Never walk into an interview under six feet — that's my motto.''

Collins has interviewed some biggies over the years — Sylvester Stallone, Kim Basinger, Ted Koppel, Debra Winger, Joan Rivers, and Jack Nicholson, among others — and the material she's collected here is eminently readable and occasionally even revealing. ''I'm not the happiest person in the world,'' Mikhail Baryshnikov tells her during his 1987 interview. ''I wouldn't know what to do with myself if I was...happy.''

But the best parts of Hard to Get are, well, hard to get. Collins keeps popping up before each interview with reminiscences, reminding us how fabulous her job is and how terrific she is at it. Her prose — part Hildy Johnson, part Cosmo Girl — purrs louder than a pussy cat: ''Trouble, controversy, brouhaha, derring-do, yes, I believe we've met,'' she writes, deadpan. Clichés, platitudes, banalities, yes, I believe she's met them, too. C-

Originally posted Dec 07, 1990 Published in issue #43 Dec 07, 1990 Order article reprints
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