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02/27/2015 11:01 am ET Updated Feb 27, 2015

Kevin Sessums Sees His Book's Most Negative Review As An Endorsement

Former Vanity Fair editor Kevin Sessums details his years of celebrity hobnobbing, drug abuse and promiscuous sex in his new memoir I Left It On The Mountain, and while this makes for a riveting read to some, others have been less than enthused.

"It's a difficult book for people to sort of grasp on to," Sessums told HuffPost Live's Caroline Modarressy-Tehrani on Thursday. "It's about celebrity, it's about spirituality, there is sex in it, ... I don't bullshit people, and I'm maybe too open at times, as this book proves. I can be vulgarly open -- not vulgar in the sense of sex, but vulgar as in just too much."

One reader in particular seemed to agree. A scathing user-generated review on Amazon.com lambasted, among other things, the text's "off-putting sex scenes." That didn't upset the FourTwoNine magazine editor-in-chief much, though.

"The worst review is the only one that made me want to read my own book!" he recalled. The veteran journalist had the review on hand and proceeded to read it on HuffPost Live -- in a southern accent -- which you can see at 3:14 in the video above.

"This person gets the book, and yet doesn't get the book," he said. "[But] that's the first thing that made me want to read my damn book and it was a bad review! So you can turn things on their head, I think."

Watch more from Kevin Sessums' conversation with HuffPost Live here.

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