Brief Encounters Conversations, Magic Moments, and Assorted Hijinks

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  • Edition: Reprint
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  • Copyright: 10/20/2015
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin

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Dick Cavett is back, sharing his reflections and reminiscences about Hollywood legends, American cultural icons, and the absurdities of everyday life
In Brief Encounters, the legendary talk show host Dick Cavett introduces us to the fascinating characters who have crossed his path, from James Gandolfini and John Lennon to Mel Brooks and Nora Ephron, enhancing our appreciation of their talent, their personalities, and their place in the pantheon. We tag along as Cavett spends an afternoon with Stan Laurel at his modest apartment in Los Angeles, spars with Muhammad Ali at his training camp, and comes to know a young Steve Jobs—who woos him to be Apple's first celebrity pitchman. He also offers piquant commentary on contemporary politics, the indignities of travel, the nature of comedy writing, and the utter improbability of being alive at all.
On his talk show, Cavett welcomed the leading figures from film, music, theater, literature, comedy, and politics, and engaged them in conversation that made viewers feel that the discussion was taking place in their own living rooms. Jimmy Fallon, the host of The Tonight Show, has called him "a legend and an inspiration" and has written a foreword that makes clear the debt that today's talk show hosts owe to Dick Cavett.
To spend a few minutes, or an hour, or even a whole evening with Dick Cavett is an experience not to be missed, and now there's no reason to deny yourself. Enjoy the conversation!

Author Biography

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.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Jimmy Fallon xiii

Dreams, Let Up on Us! 1

The Windows of the Soul Need Cleaning 4

Art Did the Darndest Things?.?.?.??to Your Jokes 8

A. Godfrey: A Man for a Long, Long Season 11

More of Our Man Godfrey 15

Real Americans, Please Stand Up 19

Dear Fellow Improbable?.?.?.?? 23

Further Improbables 27

The Titan and the Pfc. 31

Match Him? Not Likely 36

I Wrote It, Must I Also Hustle It? 39

Lennon's Return 42

A Bittersweet Christmas Story 45

Sauce for the Goose? Take a Gander 49

The Wrath of Grapes 53

How Do You Open for a Mind-Reading Horse? 57

My Life as a Juvenile Delinquent 62

My Liz: The Fantasy 67

In Defense of Offense 71

The Week That Was 75

The First Shall Be Last­or, Anyway, Second 79

Waiting (and Waiting) in the Wings 83

I Owe William Jennings Bryan an Apology 87

Sorry, W.J.B., to Bring This Up Again 93

Flying? Increasingly for the Birds 97

The Great Melvino, or Our Mr. Brooks 101

Tough Sell 106

Up Against the Wall 109

Last Nude Column (for Now, at Least) 113

Deck the Halls with Boughs of Nutty 116

Marlene on the Phone 120

Should News Come with a Warning Label? 125

Schooling Santorum 128

Road to Ruin 132

Groucho Lives! (In Two Places) 137

They Dressed Like Groucho 142

Pyramid Power, Over Me 148

You Gave Away Your Babies? 154

Vamping with Nora 158

Comedy Pain and Comedy Plea­sure 162

The Fine Mess Maker at Home 167

Can You Stand Some More Stan? 173

How Are the Mighty Fallen, or Where's My Friend? 177

Ali, Round Two 181

Back When I Was Packing 186

More on Guns, with Readers 190

And the Oscar Doesn't Go to the Oscars 194

To­night, To­night, Its World Is Full of Blight 198

With Winters Gone, Can We Be Far Behind? 203

Missing: Jonathan Winters. Badly. 207

Hel-LO! You're?.?.?.??Who Again? 214

Good Night, Sweet Soprano 225

As Comics Say, "These Kids Today! I Tell Ya!" 230

More Sex, Anyone? 235

Tough Way to Lose a Friend 239

Cavett on Booze, Again 244

Only in My Dreams? 249

Acknowledgments 255

Index 257

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