Completely self-involved, who isn't, and busy it seems all the time, is Mr. Andy Cohen. His latest offering, a memoir called "Most Talkative: Stories from the front lines of pop culture" is possibly the most aptly titled booked of the year. But not only does he never stop talking, he also has charm and intelligence to back it all up.
Tall, handsome and the quintessential gay Jewish media personality, Andy Cohen with his new book is able to straddle difficult issues (coming out of the closet, a frizzy hair crisis, and Oprah's wrath) with an amazing sense of humor. Overly funny and darkly self-depreciating the executive vice president of development and talent at the gay network Bravo is the classic case of "destined to be a star."
From his overtly camp "date" with "All My Children" star Susan Lucci, a very bad ponytail he reluctantly eventually got rid of, his obsession with the British royal wedding of Charles and Diana (he even asks his mom to keep the newspaper clippings while he's on camp), playing the worst joke on his mother and father that went on for a little too long, and a very studly flit in France are just come of the misadventures Andy Cohen takes readers on.
It is smartly written with enough sense to speed up anything remotely boring (he is a TV man after all) and to delve into things that ring true and heartfelt like stories he had to cover that actually changed people's lives - well opposed to the "Housewives" series with which he is involved on his network.
Andy Cohen, a New Yorker if ever there was one, shows that, although seemingly just another pretty face, he has real integrity and in the face of peril he may not always make the most morally upstanding choices but is happy to admit to them and learn from his behavior. Sexy, and a bit of a mama's boy, he uses phrases like "sniffing butts" and "I don't transcribe" while delivering is a sense of convivial humanness. It's an endearing and strong book that, although is on the New York Times Bestseller list, is far more important for gay expression, for creative encouragement and an indication that even if your mom has held your hand a little along the way you can still turn into a hero.
"Most Talkative: Stories from the front lines of pop culture"
St. Martin's Griffin
by Andy Cohen