Laraine Newman’s Fascinating Memoir

Laraine Newman’s Fascinating Memoir

I just finished listening to an audiobook by Laraine Newman, who was one of the original stars of “Saturday Night Live” and is now among the most successful voice artists for animated movies and TV shows. Here’s my review.

Walter Yetnikoff

Walter Yetnikoff

When I heard that former Columbia Records president Walter Yetnikoff died Sunday (just days before his 88th birthday), I remembered the conversation I had with him in 2004 — one of my all-time favorites. You can listen to it here.

Book Review: “Mike Nichols — A Life”

Book Review: “Mike Nichols — A Life”

My review of the new biography of a showbiz legend who directed a huge number of classic productions on stage and screen — while struggling with cocaine addiction, multiple marriages, and Walter Matthau.

Norton Juster

Norton Juster

I was sad to hear of the death at 91 of Norton Juster, author of what I consider the greatest book of all time, “The Phantom Tollbooth.” Here’s my little tribute to him and his classic work.

Book Review: “Weird”

Book Review: “Weird”

Here is my review of a fascinating book by Olga Khazan, “Weird: The Power of Being An Outsider In An Insider World,” which includes a great story about The Beatles.