Today I talked with Jake Halpern about his book, “Fame Junkies: The Hidden Truths Behind America’s Favorite Addiction.” We discussed a woman he met who was obsessed with Rod Stewart to the point of having a giant shrine to him in her house, and where the line is between fanatical fan and dangerous stalker.

He also talked about celebrity assistants who have to perform all sorts of odd tasks for their employers, whether they’re in it for the reflected glory or the money, and why it really is a dead-end job, even with the freebies and perks. And Halpern revealed the results of a poll he did of middle schoolers, who surprised him by how much they’re interested in fame.

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