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Nov 15, 2019
1141 Marshall Craig, author, "You'll Need A Guide: Fishing Stories That Aren't Much About the Fish"November 15, 2019
2019: If you’re a man or woman who likes to get away from civilization to fish in remote and exotic places, fly fisherman tired author Marshall Craig is the kind of guy you’ll want to do it with. I reached that conclusion based on the humorous essays found in his new memoir, "You’ll Need A Guide: Fishing Stories That Aren’t Much About the Fish." It is available in paperback or ebook on Amazon or wherever you buy books about fishing.
Oct 04, 2019
1140 Lynn Johnston, cartoonist, "For Better or For Worse" 2019October 04, 2019
2019: On any given day, “For Better or For Worse” could be funny, sweet, bittersweet or hauntingly dramatic – just like life in my own family or yours. Perhaps nothing about the strip was more shocking than the day in 2008 that cartoonist Lynn Johnston announced she would no longer be producing new strips but would be re-releasing the original from day one, with occasional fixes to continuity and timeliness. Would that even work? It has and it does--the strip appears in 2,000 newspapers in...
Sep 21, 2019
1139 Barbara Slate, artist, "Mueller Report Graphic Novel" 2019September 21, 2019
2019: Graphic novelist Barbara Slate, a frequent guest to this show, has adopted Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller's two-years-in-the-making investigation into a comic book. "Mueller Report Graphic Novel" reduces the horrifying hacking of American democracy to its essence, packed with documented political cheating and anti-American conspiracies. Enjoy!
Sep 07, 2019
1137 Renee Rosen, novelist, "Park Avenue Summer," a roman à clef about Helen Gurley Brown 2019September 07, 2019
2019: Once again, novelist Renee Rosen delivers up a slice of actual history by taking us through it in the persona of a young woman, named Alice Weiss. This time, Rosen takes her readers back in time to the moment in 1965 when Cosmopolitan magazine is on the verge of shutting down, only to be saved against all logic by an inexperienced new editor named Helen Gurley Brown, best known as the controversial and provocative author of "Sex and the Single Girl."
Aug 29, 2019
1136 Jon B. Cooke, author, "Weirdo: A Retrospective of R. Crumb's Legendary Humor Comics Anthology" 2019August 29, 2019
2019: "Weirdo. In The Book of Weirdo: A Retrospective of R. Crumb's Legendary Humor Comics Anthology" is a massive work by Jon B. Cooke that even Crumb himself questions the logic of, although he admits he learned quite a bit about himself and his magazine by reading it. As for Cooke, who is a graphic designer by day and editor of "Comic Book Creator" magazine by night, he also worked with his brother Andrew on "Will Eisner: Portrait of a Sequential Artist." WARNING: Audio problems make this a...
Aug 23, 2019
1135 Jamie Lee Kirchner actress, "Mercy" 2010August 23, 2019
2010: Reports of the death of the TV hospital drama—foretold by the end of "ER" last season after 27 years on the air—were apparently premature. Showtime has "Nurse Jackie"; TNT has "HawthoRNe" and NBC is back with a new one that adds an "M," a "C" and a "Y" to "E" and "R" and that gives us "Mercy." (Oh, stop groaning—you saw that one coming a mile away.) It stars Taylor Schilling, Michelle Tractenberg and my guest today, Jamie Lee Kirchner.
Aug 10, 2019
1134 Adi Tantimedh, novelist, "Her Fugitive Heart" 2019August 10, 2019
2019: To me, the arrival of a new Ravi P.I. novel by Adi Tantimedh is like being handed a fresh-baked soft pretzel and a Cherry Vanilla Dr. Pepper. I’m going to try and consume it slowly, savoring every biteand every sip. But in the end, I always give in to the impulse of zooming through because it’s just so damned good! Of course, when it’s gone, I’m left wanting another. And another.
Aug 08, 2019
1133 Anat Baron, documentary filmmaker, "Beer Wars" 2009August 08, 2019
2009: This should be an interesting show. We have a guest who is allergic to beer and a host who never touches the stuff. Naturally, the subject is… beer! Anat Baron is the director of a new documentary called Beer Wars. Now available for sale on DVD, it’s not a movie about rival frat houses—on second thought, maybe it is. Baron presents a sometimes tongue-in-cheek study have how the big three brewing companies—Anheuser-Busch, Coors and Miller—will stop at nothing to take space in your...
Jul 28, 2019
1127 John Barbour, comedian, author, reality TV creator, "Real People" 2019July 28, 2019
2019: From the time I started reading John Barbour’s career-spanning memoir, "Your Mother’s Not A Virgin: The Bumpy Life and Times of the Canadian Dropout Who Changed the Face of American TV!" I kept searching for the right word to describe my over-arching impression of the man. It wasn’t easy because in the course of 700 pages, Barbour is a comedian, a talk show host, a culture critic, a writer for singer Frank Sinatra, a husband and father, and creator of NBC’s “Real People.” I...
Jul 26, 2019
1123 Peter Richmond, author, "The Complete Idiot's Guide to Buying a Home" 2010July 26, 2019
2010: Buying or selling a home is one of the biggest financial transactions that most people will ever make. First-time homebuyers in particular have no idea where to start. What they need is a road map and an experienced guide that can advise when to shop and when to not, what’s a gem and what’s a scam. Peter Richmond is probably that guy. He’s the author of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Buying a Home. If anyone can offer good, simple advice on how to do it, it’s got to be him.