A Game of Charade

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 and Sarah, 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

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