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Original Essays | September 30, 2014

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Howard Cosell: The Man, the Myth, and the Transformation of American Sports by Mark Ribowsky
Howard Cosell: The Man, the Myth, and the Transformation of American Sports

Brian Seifert, August 4, 2012


In this comprehensive and thoughtful biography, Mark Ribowsky describes Howard Cosell as a complex person who was a self promoter but also socially alert. This is a serious book. It looks at Cosell on several levels: as a person, a media figure, and a part of the culture in volatile times. His connection to Muhammad Ali is explained. It was a complex relationship that helped both men and grew into a respectful friendship. The book also offers a good look at how broadcast media are run, showing how Cosell grew to be valued. Ribowsky's research and depth of exploration of Cosell should be a model for anyone working on a biography.
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The Garner Files
The Garner Files

Brian Seifert, October 26, 2011


"Hello, this is Jim Rockford. At the tone leave your name and message and I'll get back to you." If you remember the opening of "The Rockford Files", it's because James Garner was terrific in it. He was one of the first stars to recognize that it would be a good thing, not a step down, to cross over from movie success into a solid TV series. Now he tells his story in "The Garner Files", including details of his troubled early family life, court fights with studios, encounters with stars, and behind the scenes details of making his iconic TV show and other projects. Garner also proudly displays his liberal leanings and explains how they led him to fight for political and social causes. Garner has always been solid and straightforward and his book is no exception.
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Dangerously Funny: The Uncensored Story of the Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour by David Bianculli
Dangerously Funny: The Uncensored Story of the Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour

Brian Seifert, November 9, 2009

The story of the Smothers Brothers TV show might be more relevant today than it has ever been. They presented anti-war comedy and counter culture ideas on CBS, no less, the most traditional and "family oriented" network of the 60s! These days Tom and Dick could probably have their show on Comedy Central and definitely on pay cable, but 40 years ago trying to make a left turn on network TV was a very bumpy route. It's about time the inside story got told, with the Brothers cooperation. Too bad Pat Paulsen, who launched a Presidential campaign off the show, missed the encore.
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I Drink for a Reason
I Drink for a Reason

Brian Seifert, September 5, 2009


David shines bright, writes with might, is sometimes a fright. David Cross is an outrageous guy who likes to stir up trouble. He's trying to do both in his new book, and the unwashed will no doubt not like it. But anyone who targets both Jim Belushi and Bill O'Reilly can't be all bad. We've waited for your epic thoughts, David, and you don't let us down.
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Conversations with Woody Allen: His Films, the Movies, and Moviemaking by Eric Lax
Conversations with Woody Allen: His Films, the Movies, and Moviemaking

Brian Seifert, May 9, 2009

Woody Allen does not add extras such as interviews and director's commentaries to the DVD releases of his movies. But this book is a great alternative. In interviews spanning more than thirty years, Allen explains his concepts, how he's developed as a filmmaker, his humor, and much more. It is a book with great insight into many movies....including the classics like "Annie Hall" and "Manhattan". Allen fans will soak this up. Others who like movies will also find information and entertainment here.
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