01 August 2020

Summer Reading

I've gone through some of the books I've written and put together a little sampling that you might enjoy to get your mind off all the (shall we say) interesting events going on in the world. These are perfect for the beaches (most of which are closed), reading with friends (groups of which are discouraged) or snuggled in a chair with your favorite cat or dog on your lap.

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I've written other books. You can see them all listed on the right-hand-side navigation pane.

14 June 2020

Five People

You know that old game: name five people, living or dead, you would invite to dinner. It's a pretty easy list for me to come up with: 

(top row, left) Jonathan Tunick - orchestrator: has done the orchestrations for most of Stephen Sondheim's musicals. His use of instruments helped to define the sound of the 1970s -- notably, Promises, Promises (1968) and Company (1970) -- that remains mesmerizing.

(top row, center) Kristin Scott Thomas - actor: one of the most versatile actors working today. I've loved her work from A Handful of Dust (1988), through The English Patient (1996), and still.

(top row, right) Ayn Rand - writer, philospher: would love to have a conversation with her about why she thinks her philosophy has come to be so misunderstood.

(bottom row, left) Rosalind Franklin - scientist: the woman who discovered that DNA had a double helix form. The work of later scientists ignored her contribution. I studied genetics in college. Would be a fascinating conversation.

(bottom row, center) Sara Murphy - philanthropist, one half of the fabulous Murphys: was there when so many great artists were still unknowns, like Fitzgerald, Hemingway, Picasso.

Side note: Broadway actor/dancer Donna McKechnie would have been on the list except that I've already interviewed her twice.

31 March 2020

Remembrance of Things Past

There have been many conversations about the current virus situation and a previous similar situation four decades ago. I wonder whether I will have cause to write a similar article about the new virus as this one I wrote in 1988 about that virus. [Open in new tab, and click image to enlarge.]