"It never hurts to meet a sexy man," Elizabeth Kaye's editor
once told her.
"It always hurts to meet a sexy man," she said.
With more than forty years of passionate, wisdom-making love
affairs behind her, Kaye knew what she was talking about.
In "Sleeping with Famous Men", she has written an elegant,
rueful and astonishingly frank account of her search for comfort
and love and, finally, for meaning and peace. In the tradition of
such masters as Marguerite Duras and Colette, Kaye comes to terms
with her turbulent romantic past.
Her position as an esteemed profile writer for such publications
as Esquire, Rolling Stone, and the New York Times gave her access
to a world of celebrity in which she felt that she "was traveling
on a visa that was about to expire."
She often found herself attracted to famous men. "Fame," she
writes, "is an intoxicant, a form of energy." In its presence, she
felt "bigger and bolder and sometimes, transformed."
There was The Anchorman, who sent her secret messages during his
newscasts, and showed up in her apartment an hour later. There was
The Astronaut who had set foot on the moon and whom she met at a
conference for recovering alcoholics. There was The Actor, known
for his brilliant performances, whose greatest part may have been
that of faithful husband. There was The Dancer, The Writer, The
Critic, and the musician who quizzed her to see if she could be his
intellectual equal, while hoping she couldn't.
In this Byliner Original from the new digital publisher Byliner,
Elizabeth Kaye, author of "Midlife: Notes from the Halfway Mark",
reveals the pains and pleasures of a life spent pursuing love, and
calculates their costs with shivering precision. Sleeping with
Famous Men affirms that, while she did not always love wisely, her
life has been rich with daring and passion.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
A longtime contributor to "Esquire," "Rolling Stone," and "The
New York Times," Elizabeth Kaye is the author of "Mid-Life: Notes
from the Halfway Mark" and "Ain't No Tomorrow: Kobe, Shaq, and the
Making of a Lakers Dynasty," as well as the Byliner Original
"Lifeboat No. 8."