Accidental Celebrities


Levi Johnston


Levi Johnston flew blindfolded into a perfect—and perfectly contemporary—storm. He found himself at the center of a swirling mess: an inexplicable Republican misstep, the Christian right, an unstoppable presidential campaign, Facebook, the bewildering pervasiveness of modern media. If there are any other Alaskan teenagers who have somehow managed to invoke that sorry lot after an evening (or two) of careless lovemaking, I can’t think of them. A nut ad and a song are the least he deserves for his troubles.

Hornby is the author of High Fidelity and About a Boy, among other books. His latest book is Juliet, Naked. With Ben Folds, he co-wrote a musical tribute to Levi Johnston.