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David Kamp

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David Kamp is an author, journalist, lyricist, and humorist. Among his books are the national bestseller The United States of Arugula (Broadway Books, 2006), a chronicle of Americas foodways; the critically lauded Sunny Days (Simon & Schuster, May 2020), a history of the Sesame Street-Mister Rogers era of enlightened childrens television; and, as co-author, Martin Shorts bestselling memoir, I Must Say (HarperCollins, 2014). A longtime contributor to Vanity Fair, he has profiled such figures as Johnny Cash, Sly Stone, Lucian Freud, Kerry Washington, Bruce Springsteen, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, and the Brill Building songwriters. His first outing as a lyricist for the stage, for the John Leguizamo musical comedy Kiss My Aztec!, had its world ...more

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David Kamp By having the common sense to say Sitting here trying to force things wont help. My friend Ben Schott, who wrote the Schotts Miscellany books and also…moreBy having the common sense to say “Sitting here trying to force things won’t help.” My friend Ben Schott, who wrote the “Schott’s Miscellany” books and also dared to revive Bertie Wooster for the novel “Jeeves and the King of Clubs,” imparted some good advice: take in some quiet, contemplative culture... a wall-full of paintings in an art museum, a photo exhibition, a walk through the woods, or a botanical garden, or a park. That may sound unbearably twee, but I assure you: it’s *helpfully* twee. And restorative.(less)
David Kamp This will sound like a tautology, but: Writing for a living! Growing up middle-class in central New Jersey, I believed writer to be a path unavailable…moreThis will sound like a tautology, but: Writing for a living! Growing up middle-class in central New Jersey, I believed “writer” to be a path unavailable to me—something for smarter, wealthier, more interesting people. But I basically stumbled, by feel and instinct, into a writing career. And I’ve never taken it for granted. It’s amazing to write for a living, to skitter along the edges of 9-to-5 society, doing one’s own thing: nonfiction, fiction, lyrics for a musical. What you didn’t ask, Goodreads, is what the downside is, which is that there’s never truly a day off, and one lives with a constant nagging voice that says, “You should be working on that book/article/song, not watching old Roosevelt Franklin clips on YouTube.” But this is a good life, and I know it.(less)
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Wow, wow, wow. I picked up this slender book thinking it would be merely a pleasant diversion based on an almost Parent Trap-like gimmick premise: Peter Wyatt, a 65-year-old man living in 2020, wakes up to find himself back in 1970, inhabiting his ...more
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Indeed, in the early 1970s, as the first crop of Sesame “graduates” entered the school system, kindergarten and first-grade teachers noticed a palpable difference in how knowledgeable their newest pupils were. Some teachers even complained that their lesson plans had been upset by their students’ unforeseen preparedness.
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“Rogers exulted in his choice to work in television. “I’m more convinced than ever that ‘Children’s Corner’ is God’s program,” he wrote. “There’s no doubt about it now in my mind that we are being well guided: whatever happens from now on I know will be for the best. Just too many factors have come together today for it to be ‘man-planned.”
David Kamp, Sunny Days: The Children's Television Revolution That Changed America

“Indeed, in the early 1970s, as the first crop of Sesame “graduates” entered the school system, kindergarten and first-grade teachers noticed a palpable difference in how knowledgeable their newest pupils were. Some teachers even complained that their lesson plans had been upset by their students’ unforeseen preparedness.”
David Kamp, Sunny Days: The Children's Television Revolution That Changed America

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