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The Bling Ring Author On Fame, Sofia Coppola And Why Maxim Magazine Sucks

The "Bling Ring" is the name the LA Times gave to a group of teenagers, who, in 2008 and 2009, managed to steal $3 million dollars of stuff and cash from members of the young Hollywood elite -- mostly reality stars like Paris Hilton, Rachel Bilson, Lindsay Lohan, and the like -- by breaking into their homes. (If the book is accurate, famous people always leave their back doors unlocked when they go on vacation, so you can just walk on in.) 

The story of the teenage bandits, who were eventually arrested, was first covered in a Vanity Fair article by Nancy Jo Sales, who later turned her story into a book: The Bling Ring: How A Gang Of Fame-Obsessed Teens Ripped Off Holllywood And Shocked The World. It was also turned into a movie with the same name by Sofia Coppola, starring Emma Watson as one of the teenage gang. 

NowThis sat down with the story's author to talk about fame, self-obsession and why Maxim magazine is bad for America.