Aidin Vaziri | Laura Albert has a picture of Borat pinned to her office wall. It’s perfect. Like comedian Sacha Baron Cohen, the 43-year-old San Francisco novelist invented an outrageous character to grab the world’s attention – in this case, the underage West Virginia transvestite prostitute JT LeRoy, who was named as the author of “Sarah” and “The Heart is Deceitful Above All Things” (both published by Bloomsbury). It worked a little too well.
Catching up with … Laura Albert:
Q: Are you still writing?
A: Always. I’ve been writing a lot for French magazines. They didn’t even blink for a second. It’s me, Josephine Baker and Jerry Lewis – although he just won an Oscar. There’s another JT book; I just need to add a few more voices.
Q: Do you have a favorite reality show?
A: I was really into “The Real World” when I was a kid. But I lived it. They can’t compete. I was in a mental institution.
Q: What are you most likely to get arrested for?
A: Telling the truth. Continue reading.