Memoirs of the Original Hustler

I just finished reading Jane Raphaely: Unedited, and I am so glad that I did.
It offered me perspective into the industry I so badly want to be a part of (magazine publishing), the impact it has on a person's personal life, and the hard work it takes to be successful in this type of work.

When I read it a second time, I might be tempted to write down some notes and put some of Jane's candid, sage advice to work in my own life. The book is inspirational, without really trying to hard to be. It is a story told in a frank tone, with almost no detail left out.

There are many quotable passages in the 349 pages of this memoir. Here's one that I came across in the last few chapters:

                   "The truth is that good magazines demand slow cooking, hard thinking, much polishing and revision. I have been called 'famously picky' and it is a badge I wear with pride. There are some things that you can't be too picky about, and magazines are one"

This for me sums up the whole story of "how she did it"- from copywriting, to starting Associated Media Publishing, and all the successes and trials that came along with working on Fairlady, Femina, Cosmopolitan, and even O Magazine.

I'm very stingy with my books- I'll tell you how amazing it was, but I won't lend it out to you very easily. With this one, I might be willing to make an exception. I would say "wait for the movie", but the truth is that even if someone were to make a movie out of this book, they wouldn't do the story justice.

Read it. Use your imagination to understand the life that Jane is telling you about, then use what you find in your own life. That is all.

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