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Talk Show

Confrontations, Pointed Commentary, and Off-Screen Secrets

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Description

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.

From Publishers Weekly

Aug 30, 2010 – The erstwhile host of The Dick Cavett Show unburdens himself in this collection of rambling though piquant essays from his New York Times online column. It s an eclectic and sometimes surprising lineup: on- and off-set celebrity anecdotes; meditations on the art of the comic insult; jaundiced assessments of the 2008 presidential contenders; not one but two apologias for radio DJ Don Imus; scenes from a Nebraska boyhood, with minor hooliganism and encounters with a movie-house pervert. Cavett occasionally lets his affable host s persona slip to voice idiosyncratic passions, in his plea to ban fat actors from TV commercials, for example, and his snipes at public figures for language mistakes and mispronunciations (he reviles George W. Bush almost as much for saying nucular as for starting the Iraq War). Some pieces misfire, especially when Cavett overuses transcripts from his shows; even the celebrated trash talk showdown between guests Gore Vidal and Norman Mailer lies flat on the printed page. But in his beguiling profiles of celebrities the deft magician Slydini; the humbled gossip columnist Walter Winchell; an aging John Wayne, who reveals an unheralded appreciation for No l Coward plays Cavett proves himself a solid writer as well as a talker.

Customer Reviews

Excellent

I chose this book specifically to do a test run on a co-worker's ipad. It was a fantastic read despite the fact that I was no longer holding a paper book and was worried I would never finish it on an e-reader.

I love his choice of words, his sense of humor, his irony and sentiment.

Slim Pickin's

It's thin on interesting tales of the talk show and fat with juvenile and biased political commentary, not to omit replete with smug snobbery toward those he considers his inferiors,which is a large crowd. On one hand, he smears Sara Palin, and on the other offers silly excuses for Imus' "Nappy-headed hos" comment. Interesting mental hijinks, sir.

Too bad. I loved the talk show and regret his unique talents weren't better exercised.

Name dropping, arrogant libral

This book is not much more than a guy listing all the famous names he knows and taking shots at every conservative he can. Save your money.

Talk Show
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  • $7.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Biographies & Memoirs
  • Published: Nov 09, 2010
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.
  • Seller: Macmillan
  • Print Length: 304 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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