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.

Book Review: “The Space Barons”

I just finished Christian Davenport's book, "The Space Barons," in which he writes about the billionaire tech guys whose obsession with space and rockets has changed the business from one run by a government monopoly (NASA) to an industry in which private companies...

Book Review: “Click Here To Kill Everybody”

If I were still doing radio shows, I would happily welcome Bruce Schneier back as a guest. He's a security expert who I first spoke with when he revealed the uselessness of the TSA's screening procedures at airports, which he labelled "security theater." Since then,...

What’s It Like In North Korea?

With Donald Trump and Kim Jong-Un meeting face to face, it's a good time to listen to my 2016 interview with Wendy Simmons about her book, “My Holiday In North Korea: The Funniest/Worst Place On...

Best Thing I’ve Read Today

A few weeks ago, I recommended Nell Scovell's book "Just The Funny Parts," in which she not only writes about her career as a TV (mostly comedy) writer, but also about the sexism she encountered both on the job and while looking for more opportunities. One of the...

Book Recommendation: “Just The Funny Parts”

Nell Scovell's "Just The Funny Parts" is the best book I've read this year. Scovell has been a TV writer for over 30 years, including "Sabrina The Teenage Witch," which she created. She's also worked on "The Simpsons," "Newhart," "Murphy Brown," "Charmed," "NCIS,"...