Colors Insulting to Nature: A Novel(P.S.) by Cintra Wilson
Authors who write about the entertainment industry often extend promisesof wit and edginess to attract an audience. Colors Insulting to Nature, bySalon columnist Cintra Wilson, delivers these qualities because it entersthe fray not with a forgettably likeable protagonist predestined for a happyending, but with an axe to grind. The object of Wilsons loathing is the ego-porn Hollywood that turns out formulaic story lines, making hapless,mediocre talents believe that their dreams of fame can somehow cometrue. The central mediocre talent in this book is Liza Normal, who firstappears in the story as an adolescent auditioning for a spot in acommercial. Imagine the child version of the Bette Midler character inBeaches and youre about halfway to understanding the tragic gaudiness ofLizas persona--though of course she is a sweet girl underneath it all. Thenovel follows Liza into adulthood, bringing other vividly drawn characters,including her shut-in brother, Ned, her narcissistic, alcoholic mother,Peppy, and a sadomasochistic dwarf named DelVonn along for the ride.