Posted on Oct 1, 2014

Longform Podcast #111: Anne Helen Petersen

Anne Helen Petersen writes for BuzzFeed. Her book Scandals of Classic Hollywood is out this week.

"I was obsessed with Entertainment Weekly from the very first issue and I obsessively catalogued it. I made a database on my Apple IIe where I put in the title of the magazine and the number and whether it was a little 'e' or a big 'E' on the cover and the different topics and then I gave it a grade. You know how in Entertainment Weekly they give everything a grade, so I’d be like 'Oscar’s Issue: A minus.' But I learned how to obsessively track Hollywood industry even though I grew up in a very small town in northern Idaho."

Thanks to TinyLetter, Bonobos, and EA SPORTS FIFA 15 for sponsoring this week's episode.


Show Notes:

  1. @annehelen
  2. annehelenpetersen.com
  3. Petersen on Longform
  4. [1:00] "The Down and Dirty History of TMZ" (BuzzFeed • Jul 2014)
  5. [1:00] Scandals of Classic Hollywood (Plume • Sep 2014)
  6. [3:00] EA SPORTS FIFA 15 Readers' Poll Results
  7. [5:00] "The Gossip Industry" (Petersen's Dissertation • 2011) [pdf]
  8. [5:00] "Celebrity Gossip, Academic Style"
  9. [6:00] "The Trials of Entertainment Weekly" (The Awl • Jun 2014 )
  10. [14:00] Longform Podcast #50: Edith Zimmerman
  11. [28:00] Lainey Gossip
  12. [32:00] "Jennifer Lawrence and the History of Cool Girls" (BuzzFeed • Feb 2014)
  13. [37:00] "Talking to Anne Helen Petersen About Leaving Academia for BuzzFeed" (The Hairpin • Mar 2014)
  14. [43:00] "Angelina Jolie’s Perfect Game" (BuzzFeed • May 2014)
  15. [45:00] "Confidentially Yours" (The Believer • May 2014)
  16. [50:00] "At Least One Real, Authentic Moment of Humanity With Cameron Diaz" (Alex Pappademas • Grantland • Jul 2014)
  17. [53:00] "How I Rebuilt Tinder and Discovered the Shameful Secret of Attraction" (BuzzFeed • Sep 2014)
  18. [100:00] "Take Time" (John Herrman • The Awl • Jun 2014)