So in the course of trying to arrange an interview with an awfully tan, spiky haired, and newly famous descendant of one of Our Thing's biggest kingpins, I ran up against some questions from a publicist. When asked what I might like to question the young rising star about, I responded with something like: his celebrity and the new success he and his family enjoy.
To this I received a question asking me to clarify what "type" of success I meant. When I responded with yet another clarification -- a polite comment stating my interest in his "pop culture" success (which should, you would think, alert these people that I'm not conducting a RICO trial), I got yet another e-mail asking me to send print copies of the publication for whom I will conduct a Web interview to a specific address.
The address I received is that of the young man's home, where his mother lives and tapes her show somewhere on Long Island. So now I have this address and still no confirmation I will get the interview. Which would in fact simply help this young man's "success."
You know, since the career he's embarking on -- and how can a publicist working such a case not know this? -- clearly involves hoping the media finds his attempts at celebrity at least mildly entertaining. At least enough to get him some solo press. So you tell me what it's more useful to give a stranger via e-mail: your home address or 20 minutes with your son on the phone so he can get more famous and maybe even segue out of reality TV?