Category Archives: Books

Gentleman Jack Proves She Ain’t No Gentleman on HBO

“She was a real player.  She was very good at sex. It was high on her agenda of what was important.”–writer/director Sally Wainwright. There was nothing ordinary about Anne Lister (1791-1840). Wealthy Yorkshire landowner, businesswoman, diarist and international gadabout Anne … Continue reading

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Remembering Perry Miller Adato 1920-2018

“I don’t think you can teach anybody anything, whether it’s about art, architecture, literature, or social issues unless you entertain them. You simply cannot lecture people.  You have to involve them emotionally: make them laugh, excite them or make them … Continue reading

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Carol Burnett Celebrates a Golden Jubilee on CBS

“There is a place for good fun that the whole family can watch.”– Carol Burnett. If, like me, you’ve been held hostage this year by the psychodrama playing out in our nation’s Capitol and the devastation left behind by horrific hurricanes … Continue reading

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PBS Rebroadcasts The Boys of ’36 on American Experience

Yes, I’m on vacation and I’m surrounded by water…the optimum venue from which to give you a shout-out about the rebroadcast of American Experience’s rousing documentary about Olympic rowers.  The Boys of ’36 reruns on PBS tonight, Tuesday, August 1, 2017, 8:00 – 9:00 p.m. ET. … Continue reading

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American Experience Remembers The Boys of ’36

I’m writing this blog post from the second floor porch of a Victorian B&B in Ocean Grove, NJ, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. There’s a brisk wind off the ocean today, but the sparkling white caps and the fishing boats hovering close to shore hold promise … Continue reading

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Gloria Vanderbilt and Anderson Cooper Leave Nothing Left Unsaid in New Doc

“I could always tell as a kid that there was this sadness to her,” says CNN anchor Anderson Cooper of his mom, Gloria Vanderbilt, in the fascinating and poignant new feature-length documentary, Nothing Left Unsaid: Gloria Vanderbilt & Anderson Cooper, produced … Continue reading

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James Bond Is Back and I Finally Got Him

Where the heck have I been? I confess that the only reason I attended an early screening of the latest James Bond film, Spectre, was because of my new “appreciation” (G-rated word here) for Daniel Craig. I’ve become a big fan … Continue reading

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