Books & Kooks

vic fortezza
2 min readMay 22, 2022

A new book about Hollywood excess has been published, certain to interest fans who relish an inside look. Brooke Hayward married Dennis Hopper in 1961. Their parties were legendary. The author reveals the secrets to outsiders. In 1977 Hayward wrote a memoir about her privileged family’s disintegration, Haywire, which reached #1 on the New York Times best seller list. Hopper is not a part of it. Heyward has only twelve credits as an actress, evenly divided between film and TV. She appeared in an episode each of The Twilight Zone and The Alfred Hitchcock Hour. On the big screen she had roles in Mad Dog Coll (1961), Day of the Dolphin (1973) and Six Degrees of Separation (1993). She is 84.

Here’s a positive look at Tinsel Town about stars who gave so much toward the WWII effort. It was released in November:

Headline out of Davenport, Iowa from “Man offers cops $1M to let him go after punching woman in the face.” He’d also tried to steal her purse. “Wait here, I’ll run inside and get it. Be right back.”

And another amusing crime-related headline from NYP: “Doc allegedly hired a hitman to kill her ex — twice.” Pediatrician, no less, out of Louisville, Kentucky. “If at first you don’t succeed…”

Let’s hope Monkey Pox is merely alarmism. Second scariest aspect — it might bring Fauci back into the limelight.

Lack of parking at my weekend nook brought me back to the neighborhood, where the prime spot in terms of the book shop was open, securing the endeavor through Thursday’s close. Again, it didn’t seem as hot as forecast. With a little breeze blowing through the shade, it was beautiful. My thanks to Alice, who bought Blindsight by Robin Cook, and to the woman who selected three kids’ books and a Gourmet cook book; and to the one who purchased Let There Be Laughter: A Treasury of Great Jewish Humor and What It All Means by Michael Krasny.

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vic fortezza

I was born in Brooklyn in 1950 to Sicilian immigrants. I’ve had more than 50 short stories published world wide. I have 13 books in print.