Better Than Sane The thing about writers is this: Sometimes you have to let them retreat to their private little zones and go a bit crazy. Rose, a… Better Than Sane The thing about writers is this: Sometimes you have to let them retreat to their private little zones and go a bit crazy. Rose, a… 2004-05-04 Nonfiction
Book Review

Better Than Sane (2004)

EW's GRADE
B+

Details Release Date: May 04, 2004; Writer: Alison Rose; Genre: Nonfiction

The thing about writers is this: Sometimes you have to let them retreat to their private little zones and go a bit crazy. Rose, a flittering child of privilege who dabbled in acting and modeling in 1960s Manhattan, finally put crazy to good use when she landed a dream job at The New Yorker. Relying on feminine wiles, a wide-open heart, and impressive writing skills, Rose embarked on a citywide circuit of Janice Dickinson -- meets -- Dorothy Parker adventures. She's at times unrelentingly cold and obtuse (''I don't see why my pleasure with self-pity should give anyone else a bad opinion of me or why I should care that it does''), but her most passionate desire is to tell a damn good story. And who can quibble with that?

Originally posted May 07, 2004 Published in issue #764 May 07, 2004 Order article reprints
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