Book Review: “Weird”

Here is my review of a fascinating book by Olga Khazan, “Weird: The Power of Being An Outsider In An Insider World,” which includes a great story about The Beatles.

Book Review: “Barry Sonnenfeld, Call Your Mother”

A review of the autobiography of the moviemaker who gave us “Get Shorty,” 2 Addams Family movies, 3 Men In Black movies, and more — after overcoming an unbelievably troubled childhood (and an adulthood that wasn’t all that smooth, either).

Alan Zweibel’s “Laugh Lines”

My review of Alan Zweibel’s “Laugh Lines,” in which he recounts stories from his career as a comedy writer for “Saturday Night Live” and “It’s Garry Shandling’s Show,” as well as Gilda Radner, Billy Crystal, Steve Martin, Martin Short, and many others.

Woody Looks Back

My review of Woody Allen’s autobiography, “Apropos Of Nothing,” in which he shares stories from every facet of his life, from childhood to TV writer to standup comedian to writer/director/star of dozens of movies — and yes, the controversy that derailed his career.

Letters From An Astrophysicist

My review of a new book by Neil deGrasse Tyson, currently America’s best explainer of all things scientific, in which he reprints correspondence he’s had with fans, haters, and others who simply want to know more.

The Show Won’t Go On

Here’s my full review of a new book by Jeff Abraham and Burt Kearns, subtitled “The Most Shocking, Bizarre, and Historic Deaths Of Performers Onstage.” If I still had a radio show, I’d do an hour with them.

They Can’t Seem To Make Jack Falcone

A decade ago ago, I read “Making Jack Falcone,” a book about an undercover FBI agent named Joaquin Garcia, whose story should have made him the next “Donnie Brasco.” But Hollywood still hasn’t figured out how to do it — or who to cast in it.