Brief Encounters

Brief Encounters

Conversations, Magic Moments, and Assorted Hijinks

Book - 2014
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Dick Cavett is back, sharing his reflections and reminiscences about Hollywood legends, American cultural icons, and the absurdities of everyday life

In Brief Encounters , the legendary talk show host Dick Cavett introduces us to the fascinating characters who have crossed his path, from James Gandolfini and John Lennon to Mel Brooks and Nora Ephron, enhancing our appreciation of their talent, their personalities, and their place in the pantheon. We tag along as Cavett spends an afternoon with Stan Laurel at his modest apartment in Los Angeles, spars with Muhammad Ali at his training camp, and comes to know a young Steve Jobs--who woos him to be Apple's first celebrity pitchman. He also offers piquant commentary on contemporary politics, the indignities of travel, the nature of comedy writing, and the utter improbability of being alive at all.

On his talk show, Cavett welcomed the leading figures from film, music, theater, literature, comedy, and politics, and engaged them in conversation that made viewers feel that the discussion was taking place in their own living rooms. Jimmy Fallon, the host of The Tonight Show , has called him "a legend and an inspiration" and has written a foreword that makes clear the debt that today's talk show hosts owe to Dick Cavett.

To spend a few minutes, or an hour, or even a whole evening with Dick Cavett is an experience not to be missed, and now there's no reason to deny yourself. Enjoy the conversation!

Publisher: New York :, Henry Holt and Company,, 2014.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780805099775
Branch Call Number: 791.45028 C381C
Characteristics: xiv, 267 pages ; 24 cm


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Dec 26, 2017

I expected to find a book about interviews with the famous stars that I love to watch, Laurel and Hardy, etc. I did find a bit of that, but the rest was just inane ramblings and every chance he got he berated conservatives. I don't know what I expected, I guess since he was from Nebraska, I expected someone nicer than the usual Hollywood nasty people.


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