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...
Alan Zweibel’s “Laugh Lines”

Alan Zweibel’s “Laugh Lines”

They have a new thing now called sperm banks. It’s like an ordinary bank except here, after you make a deposit, you lose interest. Alan Zweibel wrote that joke in 1972 for a comedian performing in the nightclub of Kutscher’s, a hotel in the Catskills. At...
Woody Looks Back

Woody Looks Back

I had a great time reading Woody Allen’s autobiography, “Apropos of Nothing.” It was one of the rare times I had to put a book down because I was laughing so hard. Although it would be hard to prove if the evidence were only his last few movies, the...