- Hardcover: 288 pages
- Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.; 1st edition (October 28, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0805099778
- ISBN-13: 978-0805099775
- Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1 x 9.5 inches
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“A welcome sequel to Talk Show, Dick Cavett covers a lot of ground in a collection of erudite and witty pieces...Brief Encounters is very good and very funny, at times pointed, but always engaging.” ―The Chicago Tribune
“[Brief Encounters] looks back on Dick Cavett's time with some of the biggest names of the 20th century. A touching essay about the late James Gandolfini, a fond remembrance of an afternoon at Stan Laurel's small Los Angeles apartment, sparring with Muhammed Ali, and being talked into signing on as Apple's first celebrity pitchman by a young Steve Jobs are all here, as are Cavett's warm memories of John Lennon.” ―Esquire.com
“Brief Encounters includes numerous observations about contemporary culture and politics -- neither Democrats nor Republicans are spared … -- as well as moving recollections of and tributes to stars no longer with us, from Stan Laurel to James Gandolfini.” ―USA Today
“[Cavett's] book is at its best when summoning memories of long-gone entertainment figures such as Stan Laurel and Groucho Marx…Cavett never abandons his wit…With his pithy prose style and compact paragraphs, Cavett has a sure feel for the art of column-writing.” ―Columbus Dispatch
“Great, pithy stories and recollections... In his signature charming prose, Cavett introduces readers to the fascinating characters that have crossed his path.” ―Examiner.com (Named a Best Celebrity Book of the Year)
“The book is a delightful peek behind the curtain at celebrities, complex characters, and the nuances of everyday life--all told with his singular wit and style.” ―Publishers Weekly
“The very model of a quick-witted interviewer, Cavett … still works the crowd effectively…. [Cavett] remembers working as a gag writer for famed comedians and recalls the Broadway badinage and smart repartee that marked the well-regarded Dick Cavett Show.” ―Kirkus Reviews
“In the late 1960s to mid-1970s the Dick Cavett Show was a late-night TV destination. [Cavett] was known as a literate, erudite interviewer who loved wordplay, but who didn't take any guff from his guests… Most notable are his anecdotal stories about such people as Groucho Marx, Nora Ephron, and Muhammad Ali.” ―Library Journal
“The best bathroom reading ever written! Each story takes just the right amount of time.” ―Mel Brooks
About the Author
Dick Cavett was the host of The Dick Cavett Show on ABC and PBS, and he also hosted talk shows on the USA, HBO, and CNBC cable networks. He appears frequently on stage, screen, and new media, and he was nominated for his most recent Emmy Award in 2012. He is the author of Talk Show and the coauthor of Cavett and Eye on Cavett, and he writes an online opinion column for The New York Times. He lives in New York City and Montauk, New York.
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"Brief Encounters" contains so many engaging, thoughtful, and witty observances and memories of everything from sex, politics, aging, alcohol abuse, celebrities, and everything in between. Cavett has met everyone, and his stories about Groucho, Liz Taylor, Mel Brooks, Jonathan Winters, and so many others are just thrilling.
Cavett refers to our current climate in this country as post-literate (he's right) but praises those readers who thoughtfully reply to his columns. He is a stickler for spelling and grammar (as I am) and a self-admitted smartypants, but he also happens to remain down to earth and real (met him in April after the play and he could not have been nicer - we chatted for a while).
Dick Cavett is a national treasure. I am glad he is back in the spotlight. Now will someone please give him a new talk show?
Wait! There is something else wrong here. My husband heard me chuckling out loud so often he wants me to buy him the "real book" (this Neanderthol does not read Kindle) so I have to see if I can buy it. Thus, I have to stop now, just as Dick Cavett had to stop when he did. But if he writes another book, I will write another review!
I strongly encourage any reader who enjoys a different view of things and wants to be entertained in the process to read this book. The only question that needs to be raised is why some of the chaptes are dated before the event they discuss took place, at leaset as they are presented in the Kindle Edition that I read. Grab a copy and see if you find the same in the edition you pick up.
Cavett brings it again in this book, Brief Encounters, which once more collects pieces from the essays he writes for the New York Times. Most of these essays have something to recommend them, though Cavett is at his best when he has a story to tell. His visit to Stan Laurel stands out in my mind. He also tells some great stories from his youth in this book such as his participation in the defacing of the statue of William Jennings Bryant and his going back to one of his school reunions. Funny stuff!
In this volume, Cavett seems to write more opinion pieces than in his last book which don’t play as well with me (though we seem to be of the same opinion in most things). Maybe he’s used up most of his best stories in Talk Show and has to work a little harder now to come up with topics. Still, there’s enough good stuff here for me to recommend it.
Stop lollygagging and get this book already!