Thompson on Hollywood

I bought my first issue of Rolling Stone in a long time to get a slice of the Keith Richards memoir Life (on sale October 26) and I will try to convince my book group (which tends to read fiction) to assign it. Friends and I talked about Life at dinner Saturday night (after which I had the pleasure of singing "Gimme Shelter" during a rousing session of Rock Band). And the NYT's Michiko Kakutani writes her most enjoyable book review in a while--a rave. UPDATE: Here's The NYorker's David Remnick.

We now know that Richards calls Mick Jagger "Brenda" and "Your Majesty," writes that lover Anita Pallenberg "had no fun with his tiny todger. I know he's got an enormous pair of balls — but it doesn't quite fill the gap," and that Richards despises social climbing as much as he loves the blues. (Jerry Hall told BBC Radio's Graham Norton: "Mick is very well-endowed, and I should know because I was with him 23 years. Keith is just jealous, you know.")

Here's my story from Cannes on the doc Stones in Exile, which revealed their recording process, which was driven by Richards.