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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