Why Celebrity Gossip Is Actually Kind of Important


Here’s something to look forward to: Anne Helen Petersen’s “Scandals of Classic Hollywood” column, which we blogged about previously, is becoming a book!

If you simply can’t wait for the publishing-industry process to put that book in your hands, you can sate your appetite with Petersen’s longform piece “The Rules of the Game,” which appears in the latest issue of Virginia Quarterly Review.

It’s a canny essay exposing the cultural significance of celebrity gossip starting from its inception in the early 1900s, even for those of us who are totally above all that and definitely don’t leave indignant comments on Perez Hilton every day.

Lauren O'Neal is an MFA student at San Francisco State University. Her writing has appeared in publications like Slate, The New Inquiry, and The Hairpin. You can follow her on Twitter at @laureneoneal. More from this author →