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.
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.
My review of a new book by comedy historian Kliph Nesteroff about Native American comedians, sketch performers, and teams which covers their successes and struggles against stereotypes, racism, and promoters.
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.
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.
A review of the autobiography of the moviemaker who gave us “Get Shorty,” 2 Addams Family movies, 3 Men In Black movies, and more — after overcoming an unbelievably troubled childhood (and an adulthood that wasn’t all that smooth, either).