Dilettante: True Tales of Excess, Triumph, and Disaster Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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A witty, insightful, and delightfully snarky blend of pop culture meets memoir meets real-life Devil Wears Prada as listeners learn the stories behind 25 years at Vanity Fair from the magazine’s former deputy editor
“Dilettante offers the best seat in the house into the workings of one of the great cultural institutions of our time.” - Buzz Bissinger, New York Times bestselling author of Friday Night Lights
Dana Brown was a 21-year-old college dropout playing in punk bands and partying his way through downtown New York’s early-'90s milieu when he first encountered Graydon Carter, the legendary editor of Vanity Fair. After the two had a handful of brief interactions (mostly with Brown in the role of cater waiter at Carter’s famous cultural salons he hosted at his home), Carter saw what he believed to be Brown’s untapped potential, and on a whim, hired him as his assistant. Brown instantly became a trusted confidante and witness to all of the biggest parties, blowups, and takedowns. From inside the famed Vanity Fair Oscar parties to the emerging world of the tech elite, Brown’s job offered him access to some of the most exclusive gatherings and powerful people in the world, and the chance to learn in real time what exactly a magazine editor does - all while trying to stay sober enough from the required party scene attendance to get the job done. Against all odds, he rose up the ranks to eventually become the magazine’s deputy editor, spending a quarter century curating tastes at one of the most storied cultural shops ever assembled.
Dilettante reveals Brown’s most memorable moments from the halcyon days of the magazine business, explores his own journey as an unpedigreed outsider to established editor, and shares glimpses of some of the famous and infamous stories (and people) that tracked the magazine’s extraordinary run all keenly observed by Brown. He recounts tales from the trenches, including encounters with everyone from Anna Wintour, Lee Radziwill, and Condé Nast owner Si Newhouse, to Seth Rogen, Caitlyn Jenner, and acclaimed journalists Dominick Dunne and Christopher Hitchens.
Written with equal parts affection, cultural exploration, and nostalgia, Dilettante is a defining story within that most magical time and place in the culture of media. It is also a highly engaging memoir that skillfully delivers a universal coming-of-age story about growing up and finding your place in the world.
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|Listening Length||8 hours and 38 minutes|
|Audible.ca Release Date||March 22 2022|
|Publisher||Random House Audio|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #55,600 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#195 in Popular Culture Studies (Audible Books & Originals)
#317 in Art & Literature Biographies
#450 in Journalist Biographies (Books)
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Brown was living in Manhattan, a college dropout, and working as a barback in a chic hotel restaurant known as one of Condé Nast staffer’s regular hangouts. He caught the attention of Carter, who had recently taken the helm after Tina Brown’s (no relation) departure, and the magazine was on the rise. Carter saw something in Dana and offered him the coveted position as his assistant even knowing that he had no journalism experience.
Both Graydon and Vanity Fair opened more doors for Dana than he could imagine. From the hottest night clubs to the best restaurants and the most sought-after party invites. He rubbed elbows with celebrities, writers, the pretty and the powerful. What he didn’t know or understand, he learned. Even how to write. And to take photographs. Becoming indispensable to his boss.
In this wonderful coming of age story, Brown serves up a witty backstage pass to the inner workings of an iconic magazine as he functioned as the editor’s right-hand man, spectacular dishing on dazzling pop culture players, and his own rise up the prestigious masthead.