Intro for April 7, 2017

Lainey Posted by Lainey at April 7, 2017 13:44:20 April 7, 2017 13:44:20

Dear Gossips,

I spent part of last night and this morning reading about Don Rickles and watching some of those classic roast videos. When Jacek and I first started dating, he told me about his collection of Dean Martin roast tapes. He was in his early 20s. You know what happens when you come home at night from the bar and you spark one and you’re eating a bag of chips and the infomercial comes on and suddenly your phone and your credit card is in your hand and a few days later a parcel arrives? I think they’re still in a box somewhere in the garage, useless because it’s not like we have a VCR. But it’s the reason we all hang onto sh-t we’ll never use anymore: nostalgia.

Only… not really. Because can you be nostalgic about something you weren’t even around for? Jacek and I weren’t alive when Don Rickles was hanging out with Frank Sinatra and the Rat Pack. So it’s not nostalgia. But it’s definitely mythology. You hear about it before you learn about it, that golden time in show business when they’d arrive, unannounced at a show in Las Vegas, in tuxedos, a cigarette hanging out of their mouths, and a beautiful woman hanging on their arm. Eventually you could almost picture it, picture them at the best table in the house, blitzing through the whiskey, throwing their heads back in laughter, everyone else in the room only paying attention to them, like a spotlight would follow wherever they went. And, of course, of course the point was that you’d desperately want to be a part of it, a part of that small special circle.

A myth is a story though. So the mythology can’t exist without the storytellers. Don Rickles was a storyteller. A wonderful storyteller. In every article I’ve read about him today there are details about the first time he met Frank Sinatra, about the stories he would always tell about the time he spent with Sinatra. Jimmy Kimmel told a great story last night on his show about a story that Don told him about having dinner with Sinatra one night when he was in a foul mood. He and Sinatra would tell stories about each other on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. This is how the mythology is managed and maintained. And by and large, even now, it’s the same with the celebrities who’ve come after – rock stars, pop stars, movie stars, they’re all trying to build their own mythology, which means they all need storytellers to mythologise their stories. That… is gossip.

Have a great weekend!

Yours in gossip,


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