Publisher description for Fame junkies : the hidden truths behind America's favorite addiction / Jake Halpern.

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For the past few years, Jake Halpern has reported on fame for NPR"s
All Things Considered. This book chronicles his journey through
the underbelly of Hollywood and launches a broad investigation of
America"s rabid fascination with the lives of celebrities. Why are sales
of magazines like US Weekly skyrocketing while circulation of news
magazines is down? Why are celebrity-endorsed products coming to
occupy a major part of retail sales? Why do seemingly normal, educated
people pay attention to whom Paris Hilton is currently dating?

Halpern sets out to answer these and other questions by visiting
those most stricken with the obsession: aspiring celebrities, Hollywood
insiders, and die-hard fans. He also meets several high-profile celebrities,
including The Edge from U2, Rod Stewart, director Ed Zwick,
and numerous insiders who rarely grant interviews. Throughout his
journey, he gathers considerable psychological, sociological, and even
biological research from experts about the reasons we want to become
famous, why we experience a high when we come in close contact with
celebrities, and why fame changes not only celebrities but those closest
to them.

Library of Congress subject headings for this publication:
Subculture -- United States.
Fans (Persons) -- United States -- Psychology.
Fame -- Psychological aspects.
Celebrities -- United States.