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Lessons For Dylan: On Life, Love, the Movies, and Me
Good Morning America's movie critic shares with his son - and readers - what he's learned in 58 years of an extraordinary life in this memoir.
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published May 7th 2003 by PublicAffairs
(first published May 2003)
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Well-known critic Siegel underwent his last day of chemotherapy shortly after his son, Dylan, was born. Perhaps only slightly mistitled, his first book goes beyond the titular lessons (e.g., “The Smoking, Drinking, and Drugs Lecture”), chronicling Siegel’s life, Judaic heritage, and civil rights work in the 1960s South. Though obviously overwhelmed by his disease, the author sometimes takes a devil-may-care attitude: “One of my mantras is that pain is God’s way of telling me I’m not dead yet.” F ...more
As he looks forward to becoming a first time father in his 50's, Joel Siegel id diagnosed with colon cancer which metastasizes to his lungs since he is uncertain about how much time he will have with his young son, he writes about all the things that he want his son to know about his life, his Jewish heritage, and his philosophy of life.
A little meandering but enjoyable. This guy was in the right place at the right time to witness some important 20th century history (Civil Rights Movement, RFK's assassination, etc). He's also not afraid to talk shop or point out the heroes and egos of the entertainment industry.
When I heard on TV about Joel Siegel's death from colon cancer, I was saddened - mostly because he was leaving a young son without a father. The book is partly interesting, partly mundane. He describes his illness and then goes on to leave a legacy about himself for his son.