This book is 78 columns Dick Cavett wrote for The New York Times 2007-2010. He includes one-liners, tales from his 1970s shows, and comments on the cuThis book is 78 columns Dick Cavett wrote for The New York Times 2007-2010. He includes one-liners, tales from his 1970s shows, and comments on the current political situation (Bush, Iraq, and 2008 presidential campaign). Overall, entertaining in short spurts, a bit repetitive if you read 60 pages all in one sitting.
Cavett was the predecessor of John Stewart and The Daily Show. Both had actors and actresses on their show (Richard Burton -- Sandra Bullock); musicians on their show, complete with performance(Janis Joplin -- Cold Play); trendy authors on their show (Norman Mailer -- Christopher Hitchens); and one-liners aimed at the Republican President (Nixon -- Bush). And, both gentlemen included a lot of one-liner jokes in their opening segment.
If you remember (and liked!) Cavett's show, or if you enjoy The Daily Show, this book would be a "good read" for you!...more
I was disappointed because I expected Tales from the Making of the Princess Bride. There was a tale or two, but mostly the book read like this:
p. 6-7:I was disappointed because I expected Tales from the Making of the Princess Bride. There was a tale or two, but mostly the book read like this:
p. 6-7: the movie: “It was so well written, so well directed, and populated with such a ridiculously talented cast.”
p.28 the casting: “Why would they question Rob Reiner, a man who had already shown great skill at casting his other hit movies?”
p. 61: “An intelligent and beautiful young woman who loves Monty Python playing opposite me as Buttercup?”
pp. 108-109 drunk driving incident, how hilarious! (yes, in a book published in 2014, drunk driving is FUNNY)
p. 145 “Looking back, I think Robin’s performance in The Princess Bride is vastly underrated.”
p. 147 “In fact, we were all blown away by her professionalism.”
p. 151 “One of the great things about working on The Princess Bride was having an opportunity to perform alongside some of the smartest and most gifted comedic talents in the business.”
p. 161 “He is an extremely down-to-earth person, yet seemingly incapable of not cracking jokes and generally just trying to make people smile.”
OK I get it. Cary Elwes wants people to remember his name, remember that he is available for work as an actor, and remember that he will go all out to promote any film he is connected to. He will also extravagantly praise the director, the producer, and every actor on the set. Mission accomplished. Still, for this book I was hoping for more behind-the-scenes anecdotes, or how-we-did-it anecdotes. ...more
It was very interesting to read Nash's view on his life in the 1960s and 1970s. He was well-connected as a contributing member of the muscial scene ofIt was very interesting to read Nash's view on his life in the 1960s and 1970s. He was well-connected as a contributing member of the muscial scene of those times. The memoir includes gems like this one: p. 99: "In December, I went out one night to Blaises, in the West end of London, to see a kid from America whom Linda Keith told me about: Jimi Hendrix. I sat directly behind John, Paul, and George. " WOW!
The post-1975 portion of the book is mainly about the health of David Crosby. After spending pages describing how they continued to record music even while Crosby was freebasing cocaine, Nash will dedicate a sentence or two to: "then my son was born" or "I took a roll of photographs". I would have been interested in reading more about Nash and less about Crosby in the post-1975 years.
I liked his music "back in the day" so I picked up his memoir to read. I only read a couple of chapters, and skimmed parts of the rest. The problem: hI liked his music "back in the day" so I picked up his memoir to read. I only read a couple of chapters, and skimmed parts of the rest. The problem: he assumes that you know all about him already, and that his memoir is to record his reactions to events in his life. I don't "know all about him already", I only know that I liked his music in the 1970s, and that isn't enough knowledge to understand his anecdotes.
I will give him praise for his writing about his former girlfriends/wives. He decided to: praise his exes, take the blame for the breakups on himself ("I was too immature to appreciate her"), and wish them well. Too many memoirs revel in anger towards the exes. Not this one.
Still, I gave it 1 star because I couldn't summon up the interest to read more than a little bit....more