I will be enjoying me some jury duty this morning at the George Allen. (Guilty! They're all guilty!) I mention this only to plug my choice of reading material, which I got in the mail yesterday: a Pocket Books March release titled Celebrity Secrets, written by a Brit named Nick Redfern, whose bibliography doesn't quite fill my bookshelf. Then again, I ain't exactly a UFO kinda guy, and that sort of seems to be Redfern's speciality: Among his titles are A Covert Agenda: The British Government's UFO Top Secrets Exposed, published in 1997; The FBI Files: The FBI's UFO Top Secrets Exposed, in 1998; and Cosmic Crashes: The Incredible Story of the UFOs That Fell to Earth from 2000.
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Ah, but the new book seems right up my alley: Its subtitle is "government files on the rich and famous," who include the likes of Lou Costello (loved him some porn), Ernest Hemingway (that spyin' bastard), Audie Murphy (the war hero with post-traumatic stress syndrome), Marilyn Monroe (gee), Frank Sinatra (double gee), Andy Warhol (triple gee) and on and on. On second though, I probably have some more substantial reading to get done, but Redfern, whose bibliography also includes the title Body Snatchers in the Desert: The Horrible Truth at the Heart of the Roswell Story, does justify the Unfair Park item. On the back of the book, it says, "He lives in Dallas, Texas." Who knew? Well, besides the FBI and aliens. --Robert Wilonsky