The legendary talk show host's humorous reminiscences and pointed commentary on the great figures he has known, and culture and politics today For years, Dick Cavett played host to the nation's most famous personalities on his late-night talk show. In this humorous and evocative book, we get to hearMore »
The legendary talk show host's humorous reminiscences and pointed commentary on the great figures he has known, and culture and politics today For years, Dick Cavett played host to the nation's most famous personalities on his late-night talk show. In this humorous and evocative book, we get to hear Cavett's best tales, as he recounts great moments with the legendary entertainers who crossed his path and offers his own trenchant commentary on contemporary American culture and politics.Pull up a chair and listen to Cavett's stories about one-upping Bette Davis, testifying on behalf of John Lennon, confronting Richard Nixon, scheming with John Updike, befriending William F. Buckley, and palling around with Groucho Marx. Sprinkled in are tales of his childhood in Nebraska in the 1940s and 1950s, where he honed his sense of comic timing and his love of magic.Cavett is also a wry cultural observer, looking at America today and pointing out the foibles that we so often fail to notice about ourselves. And don't even get him started on politicians. A generation of Americans ended their evenings in Dick Cavett's company; Talk Show is a way to welcome him back.« Less
confrontations, pointed commentary, and off-screen secrets
"The essays in this book originally apeared, in slightly different form, on the Web site of the New York times..."--T.p. verso.
Basil Rathbone's mysterious message
Luck in the afternoon
Jet-lagged in the South China Sea
What my uncle knew about war
An innocent misunderstanding
What was he thinking?
Imus in the hornets' nest
When that guy died on my show
Back on with the show
An author's nightmare
A life in rim shots
No gagging the gags
Is bigger really better?
Him, to kick around again
Witness for the...who, exactly?
Hey, listen! This one'll kill ya!
Hail, the conquered hero
In this corner, Norman Mailer
When they told me Norman wrote a book
With readers like y'all
A potpourri of pols
Was it only a game?
Bobby and you
A most uncommon man
Uncommoner than thou: Buckley, part 2
Candidate, improve your appearance!
Memo to Petraeus and Crocker: more laughs, please
Petraeus, Custer, and you
Liar, liar, pants aflame
À la recherche de youthful folly
Good to see you. Is it you?
Smiling through, part 2
What's so funny about Nebraska
Mamas, don't let your babies grow up to be
Cavett dodges the chair
'Tis but a man gone...but what a man
The wild wordsmith of Wasilla
How's that again, guy?
A better sort of insult
I'm not weeping; it's an allergy
Writers bloc: when Updike and Cheever came to visit
Seriously, what are the odds?
Why can't we talk like this?
Miller talks again
Sky's the limit
Who's afraid of Richard Burton?
Richard Burton, take 2
Strange, dear, but true, dear
A third bit of Burton
Richard Burton: a regretful au revoir
Dangerous substance: sample with care
The ghost ship W.W.
Almost nothing about Tiger Woods
Why, I oughta...and I did
Awesome, and then some
Oh, what a lovely mess!
More awesomeness, or John Wayne, part 2.
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