Show and Tell: New Yorker Profiles

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In Show and Tell, John Lahr reinvents the celebrity profile to get at the essence of performance. Lahr's utterly winning and incisive profiles probe some of the most compelling, elusive, and irresistible public personas of our time, including Woody Allen, David Mamet,
Ingmar Bergman, Frank Sinatra, Roseanne, Irving Berlin, Bob Hope, Mike Nichols, Wallace Shawn, Arthur Miller, and Neil LaBute.
In these, and in the moving autobiographical ...

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Overview

In Show and Tell, John Lahr reinvents the celebrity profile to get at the essence of performance. Lahr's utterly winning and incisive profiles probe some of the most compelling, elusive, and irresistible public personas of our time, including Woody Allen, David Mamet,
Ingmar Bergman, Frank Sinatra, Roseanne, Irving Berlin, Bob Hope, Mike Nichols, Wallace Shawn, Arthur Miller, and Neil LaBute.
In these, and in the moving autobiographical portraits of his father, Bert Lahr, and his mother, a former Ziegfeld girl, Lahr charts the geography of fame.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
According to Lahr, New Yorker profiles are exercises in biography that average 10,000 words and take four months to research and write. Here, the two-time winner of the George Jean Nathan Award for Dramatic Criticism and author of several biographies, plays, and novels turns in 15 of his New Yorker profiles dating from 1995 to the present. Thirteen cover such celebrities as Woody Allen, David Mamet, Frank Sinatra, and Roseanne; two are devoted to Lahr's parents. All 15 profiles are extremely well written and offer insights into their subjects. Unforunately, the sum of the whole does not equal its parts; the book does not cohere, and it is doubtful whether any single reader would find all profiles of interest, as some of the subjects are not household names (e.g., Liev Schreiber, Neil LaBute). With this in mind, libraries might want to think twice before purchasing, but those collecting compilations of writing by New Yorker contributors should consider.--Neal Baker, Earlham Coll., Richmond, IN Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.\
Internet Book Watch
In Star Grazing, Harry Schwartz draws upon his popular television series "Chef Harry & Friends" to assembly a unique cookbook that treats us to intimate views of the lifestyles and personalities of his celebrity guests and their favorite creative recipes for fine eating and elegant dining. From Gingered Crab Puffs, Portuguese Mussel Pot, and Orange Sesame Yam Pudding, to Shredded Beef and Brie Tostadas, Salmon Cakes with Caviar Cucumber Chutney, and Cheese Souffle in a Pan, the beautifully illustrated Star Grazing will become an often referred to favorite for the family cook.
—Internet Book Watch
David Kaufman
As he displays in Show and Tell, his collection of 15 profiles that were first published in The New Yorker, John Lahr has a gift for eliciting personal disclosures and for unearthing obscure but revealing anecdotes about his subjects.
New York Times Book Review
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520233775
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/2002
  • Edition description: 1ST CALIFO
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 348
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Praised by the New York Times Book Review as "probably the most intelligent and insightful writer on the theater today," John Lahr has twice won the George Jean Nathan Award for Dramatic Criticism, most recently for his work at The New Yorker, where he has written about theater and popular culture since 1992. Mr. Lahr has written sixteen books, among them the novels The Autograph Hound (1973) and Hot to Trot (1974); Light Fantastic: Adventures in Theater (1996); The Orton Diaries (editor, 1996); Notes on a Cowardly Lion: The Biography of Bert Lahr (California, 2000); Dame Edna Everage and the Rise of Western Civilisation (California, 2000); and Prick Up Your Ears: The Biography of Joe Orton (California, 2000).

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Table of Contents

Introduction
Woody Allen
David Mamet
Frank Sinatra
Arthur Miller
Liev Schreiber
Roseanne
Irving Berlin
Wallace Shawn
Eddie Izzard
Neil Labute
Bob Hope

Ingmar Bergman
Mike Nichols
Bert Lahr
Mildred Lahr

Index

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