Once upon a time, the literary douche-baggy types who love to fawn over newly discovered Bukowski Juniors found a new star in a waifish writer named JT LeRoy, who told interviewers about his druggy, homeless-prostitute past. The thing was, however, that Jeremiah “Terminator” LeRoy was really this chick named Laura Albert, who wrote such “autobiographical” novels as The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things
, among several others. Albert enlisted her pal Savannah Knoop to play the part of LeRoy. All kinds of celebrities — Carrie Fisher, Marilyn Manson, Gus Van Sant, Winona Ryder — became fans/dupes. Now Knoop has a book called Girl Boy Girl: How I Became JT LeRoy
, which takes the sleazy factor to a whole new level. Even Albert has said Knoop’s book “disgusts” her. The whole charade was pretty genius, so I feel it’s time to reveal that “Libby Molyneaux” is really Dickie Swisher, a 72-year-old blue-blood Republican from La Jolla who is voting for McCain. Go, Sarah Palin! You rock! Ha, ha, L.A. Weekly
! The joke is on you! Knoop signs at Book Soup (which is fun to say), 8818 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood; Tues., Oct. 7, 7 p.m.; free, book is $17.95. (310) 659-3110.
Tue., Oct. 7, 7 p.m., 2008