Walter Yetnikoff

Walter Yetnikoff

When I heard that Walter Yetnikoff died Sunday (just days before his 88th birthday), I remembered the conversation I had with him in 2004 — one of my all-time favorites. Yetnikoff was the president of CBS (Columbia) Records from 1975 to 1990, when the label had...
Book Review: “Mike Nichols — A Life”

Book Review: “Mike Nichols — A Life”

Mike Nichols had an extraordinary career. On Broadway, he won Tonys for directing “Barefoot In The Park,” “Luv,” “The Odd Couple,” “Annie,” “Spamalot,” “Death Of A Salesman,” and a few more. In...
Norton Juster

Norton Juster

I was sad to hear of the death at 91 of Norton Juster, author of what I consider the greatest book of all time, “The Phantom Tollbooth.” Here’s how the book is aptly described on Wikipedia: “The Phantom Tollbooth” is a children’s...
Book Review: “Weird”

Book Review: “Weird”

I’ve just finished a fascinating book by Olga Khazan, “Weird: The Power of Being An Outsider In An Insider World.” Having immigrated to the US as a child and growing up in a very conservative small Texas town, Khazan knows what it’s like to be...