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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 America’s foodways; the critically lauded Sunny Days (Simon & Schuster, May 2020), a history of the Sesame Street-Mister Rogers era of enlightened children’s television; and, as collaborator, Martin Short’s bestselling memoir, I Must Say (HarperCollins, 2014), and Ron Howard and Clint Howard’s joint memoir, The Boys (William Morrow, 2021). 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 ...more

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David Kamp By 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 an…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 unavailab…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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RON & CLINT HOWARD’S “THE BOYS” IS OUT ON OCTOBER 12...

...and I helped! One of my main projects during lockdown was collaborating with the brothers Ron Howard and Clint Howard on their joint memoir of growing up as child actors in the 1960s and 70s. I am so pleased with how it has come out, and I suspect you will be, too. Beyond the frissons of nostalgia you might feel about “The Andy Griffith Show,” “Gentle Ben,” ”Star Trek,” “American Graffiti,” and Read more of this blog post »
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Sunny Days by David Kamp
""Cherishing children is the mark of a civilized society." -- TV writer/producer Joan Ganz Cooney

It's possible that we, as a viewing audience, just sort of take it for granted now that television shows for youngsters (that is, the pre-school and early" Read more of this review »
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Finished this in two days. A brisk, funny novel powered by righteous anger. Yu presents his book as a screenplay in which the tropes of Asian-American portrayals in cinema (restaurant worker, Kung Fu master, hostess, studious model minority, sleepy o ...more
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A welcomingly transportive book. I enjoy novels in which secret worlds are revealed behind the facade of humdrum locales (suburban New Jersey in this case), and Lee takes his college-age protagonist to places you simply can’t anticipate. There are lo ...more
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"This book was a really fun and informative read! I kept catching myself telling family and friends cool things I learned along the way. What struck me was how children’s television (a pretty obvious good guy) was hit with criticism from both sides of" Read more of this review »
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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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