Fame Is Better Than Drugs And I Want To Mainline That Shit

My own schizoid ride between notoriety and nothingness.

Sometimes people will simply approach me to say they like my writing, which is the best kind of recognition of all. After all, writing is what I do. The rest is psychologically dizzying gravy whose temperature you can't control. And having sampled it, I have all-new respect for the really famous. They go through hell sometimes!

Joanna Mulder

musto@villagevoice.com

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Edward Shott
Edward Shott

I see your Facebook friends list is filled up------but then I think Jerry's is too----this was a really good article

rolph
rolph

"I've gotten through 'Hey, lady, aren't you whoosis? Wow, what a looker you were!

"Or better yet, 'Sorry, I thought you were whoosis. Whatever happened to her?' "

Nice Guy
Nice Guy

Better or worse than drugs?

Lakshmi17
Lakshmi17

For a huge percentage of celebrities, fame seems to be as destructive a drug as heroin or meth. Having seen the horrifying effects why would anyone want the high?

candy
candy

You are really famous, icon in nyc i think. Well i never been famous but i was in a relationship with a famous guy-was great, it really sucked being with non famous guys and so i get what ur saying here.. but ur really famous and i think u r great!

alaimo
alaimo

You're the hot gravy flavoring all the good dish!

Marv
Marv

Love this article. it really spoke to me with humor and honesty and a lot of wisdom about the fame game.

Movielover
Movielover

Hey Mikey, no need to fret over a thing. You're doing what you like, you live independently in NYC, you still have a smidge of youth, rep for having a nice one - in other words, All's fuckin' well! Enjoy it. Never know what's around the corner.

Barkley
Barkley

Good one, heartfelt, illuminating and snappy.

Natali
Natali

"Some girl with a clipboard" is probably some stupid, 23 yr old intern. I know because I was once a stupid, 23 yr old intern! Though I was stupid about other things. If you walked through the door, I would instantly know who you are. I've known who you are for as long as I can remember because you've been writing for the Voice since before I was born! I think there are definitely a few people who have become famous while interviewing the very famous and while Oprah is obviously the very biggest, you're in that category too! Journalists may not be known as far and wide as actors but you're still a celeb of sorts. Certainly a local celeb, if nothing else. Besides, I can think of a ton of celebs who don't deserve fame as much as you. You're actually good at what you do while some so-called "stars" are nothing but a pretty face. Nice to look at, but no fun to watch and probably even less fun to talk to...

Jack E. Jett
Jack E. Jett

You are in the perfect place to observe all sides of it.

Guest
Guest

One of the worst things that can happen to you is to get very famous and not be able to afford to get away from it when you need to.

Victorherbert
Victorherbert

You seem to be caught between what can only be called the "higher" species called celebrity and everyone else. I wouldn't fret too much about it - you're a wonderfully keen and witty observer of "the scene". By the way, never heard of most of these famous people you comment on and still find your stuff entertaining.

Ynnocence
Ynnocence

One of the several pieces that demonstrate how the Musto's not just the all-time best "gossip writer," but possibly the best American journalist of the moment. A source of pride for pop culture (if it had any honesty about itself), and shame for the so-called serious writers dabbling in politics, finance, and other increasingly irrelevant areas. (Think I'm being facetious? Read the Wall Street Journal lately?)

Ick
Ick

Glad to see you've developed some extra compassion for the famous, having had a taste yourself. But you were never that mean anyway.

rolph
rolph

Funny and insightful as always. But give yourself a little more credit. Everyone knows who you are.

Steiner
Steiner

The whole POINT was "Musto,, who?" You're an idiot. The piece was very revealing, honest, and funny. Sorry everything can't be about Kim Kardashian.

 
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