Of the 18 books written by the author, poet, literature professor, artist and performer Wayne Koestenbaum so far, several are dedicated to stars and celebrities: Jackie Onassis (Jackie under my Skin. Interpreting an Icon, 1995), Andy Warhol (2001), Harpo Marx (The Anatomy of Harpo Marx, 2012). In some of the texts collected in the volumes Cleavage: Essays on Sex, Stars, and Aesthetics (2000) and My 1980s & Other Essays (2013), he reflects upon his relationship to Lana Turner, Brigitte Bardot, Elizabeth Taylor and Debbie Harry. The blurbs—as paratexts contributing to literary celebrity-building in their own right—for My 1980s were written by Susan Sontag, Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick and John Waters: just a hint towards the fact that Koestenbaum himself may be regarded as celebrity who enjoys quite an illustrious fan base. Wayne Koestenbaum lives in New York, where he teaches English literature at the City University (CUNY). The conversation took place via email.