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Pick of the Day: Star-gazing with Style

In a previous life, when I was The Post's pop music critic, I sat within earshot of the Style editor's office. One day, a couple years back, I heard her laughing so hard and so loudly that I thought she might require medical attention. When she noticed half the Style staff staring quizzically, she announced, through her open door, that she'd been reading Hank Stuever and Bill Booth's freshly-filed dispatch on Vanity Fair's exclusive post-Oscar party and that it was fabulously funny.

Indeed, it was a particularly LOL-worthy example of what's become an annual Style-section story -- a tradition that continues in today's dead-tree edition, with Amy Argetsinger and Dan Zak reporting from the high-wattage soiree. Dan and Amy take you inside the celebrity bubble, capturing the stars in their natural habitat. They eavesdrop and speculate and observe, then turn around and write it all with verve and circa-2010 context and a keen eye for detail. In doing so, they manage to pull off a neat writerly trick: The report has such a strong sense of place that it feels like you're right there at the Sunset Tower, with both Macaulay Culkin and one of the Jonas brothers blowing smoke in your face.

LOL, indeed.

By J. Freedom du Lac  | March 9, 2010; 9:26 AM ET
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