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The Other Woman (1977): …Who Looks Just Like Me

Judy Mamou, The Other Woman (Vision House, 1977)

[originally posted 11Oct2000]

photo credit: openlibrary.org

Not what you think, looking at that cover.

Testimonials can be an integral part of being a born-again Christian. They also lend themselves to all kinds of distortion, depending on the lengths of time since the incidents, bad memories, etc. I’ve no idea whether Judy Mamou is distorting anything; for all I know this truly is the gospel truth. But I have to say, the cover copy for this one could very well have read like a late-fifties movie poster of the Rebel Without a Cause/Reefer Madness School. “Sex! Drugs! Loose Women! All conspiring to lead this small-town girl into a life of decadence and despair!” Not surprisingly, it also reads like the script to one. There’s only so much one can read about chemical dependency, abuse, and licentiousness among the California elite without becoming inured to it, and I think most of us hit that point right around the time Kenneth Anger released Hollywood Babylon. *

About Robert "Goat" Beveridge

Media critic (amateur, semi-pro, and for one brief shining moment in 2000 pro) since 1986. Guy behind noise/powerelectronics band XTerminal (after many small stints in jazz, rock, and metal bands). Known for being tactless but honest.

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