By Catherine Wagley
By Channing Sargent
By L.A. Weekly critics
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And then there are the little annoyances, like fan mail. "You always pray that you get: 'You are a goddess. Everything you write is perfect.' But you almost never get that. You get: 'Hey, I heard your commentary on shoehorns the other day, and I thought it was great. I have a very funny story about shoehorns . . .' and then it's two pages about them!"
Still, Loh responds to every letter, and she tries not to take Hollywood for granted. "It's kind of a relief to actually be making money. The 11th guy sitting at the end of the bar on Cheers falling into his beer has a better chance of getting on Oprah publicizing his cookbook than a brilliant first-time novelist."
Aside from the fact that she now feels successful enough to be a target ("It's kinda like the Kenneth Starr report - you pick up some newsprint stuck to your shoe at the deli and go, 'Aah - my god, what did I do today?'"), Loh says she'll remain on the B-list, describing it as a quintessential Los Angeles experience.
"In L.A., you're always outside of something: You're not invited to the good party. You're at the good party, but you can't get into the VIP room. You're in the VIP room, Robert Redford was just here - you missed him. Even celebrities . . . they were on the cover of People, but they didn't get the 10-page spread, they only got the 4-page spread. There's always this velvet rope you can't quite get beyond."
No matter which side of the rope Loh stands on, there seems to be no shortage of humiliation in her life to capitalize on, and to share. Self-indulgent, yes, but also universal.
"If something happens to me that's painful or awful, it's important to get it out there because, mostly, other people have felt it too." Like bad sex. "Getting into bed drunk and not being able to complete . . . these are very human things. And I find that hysterical."
Bad Sex With Bud Kemp continues at the Tiffany through November 15.