Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Talk Show by Dick Cavett

I'm old enough to remember Dick Cavett and his talk show on ABC. I remember he had a number of interesting shows and interesting guests, including John Lennon and Yoko Ono. Cavett was urbane, sophisticated, intelligent and had a very dry wit. Cavett was high brow. He was smart enough to keep up with the intellects of many of his guests.

I enjoyed Talk Show. Cavett shared stories, many very amusing, about various celebrities and notables including Richard Burton, John Wayne, Jack Benny, Gore Vidal, Johnny Carson, Richard Nixon and Norman Mailer. My favorite stories involved his conversations and dealings with Groucho Marx.

Cavett also shares his views on today's events and people in the news.

Warning: Cavett does not like George Bush or Sarah Palin. If you like them, you are better off reading their books instead.

Very easy read.  Short chapters. You'll enjoy Cavett's asides and use of language.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Best Business Book of 2011...So Far

This is the first book I read in 2011. I enjoyed The Zeroes: My Misadventures in the Decade That Went Insane by Randall Lane.

Our economic meltdown has generated a number of really great reads and this book is near the top of my list. It reads like a novel but it's the true tale of a publisher whose magazine catered to the rich and powerful on Wall Street. Lane covers the great times from 2000-2007 and the big meltdown from 2008 to now.

Lane shares anecdotes of his experiences with celebrities including John Travolta, Donald Trump, and John McCain. However his best stories involve his business dealings with painter, Peter Max and former baseball player, Lenny Dykstra.

I could not put my Kindle down...