New Arrivals · Television, Movies & Stage

July 18, 2018
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Wanna bet? : a degenerate gambler's guide to living on the edge

July 17, 2018
Lange, Artie, 1967- author.
New York : St. Martin's Press, [2018]
242 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 22 cm.
When Artie Lange's first book, the #1 New York Times bestseller, Too Fat To Fish, hit the top of the charts, audiences learned what Howard Stern listeners already knew: that Artie is one of the funniest people alive. He is also an artist haunted by his fair share of demons, which overtook him in the years that followed. After a suicide attempt, a two-year struggle with depression, and years of chronic opiate addiction, Artie entered recovery and built himself back up, chronicling his struggle in brave detail in his next book and second New York Times bestseller, Crash and Burn. In his hilarious third book, the two-time bestselling author, comedian, actor, and radio icon explains the philosophy that has kept his existence boredom-free since the age of 13--the love of risk. An avid sports better and frequent card player, Lange believes that the true gambler gets high not from winning, but from the chaotic unknown of betting itself. He recounts some of his favorite moments, many of which haven't involved money at all. In this candid and entertaining memoir, he looks back at the times he's wagered the intangible and priceless things in life: his health, his career, and his relationships. The stories found in Wanna Bet? paint a portrait of a man who would just as quickly bet tens of thousands of dollars on a coin toss as he would a well thought out NBA or NFL wager. Along for the ride are colorful characters from Artie's life who live by the same creed, from a cast of childhood friends to peers like comedian and known gambler Norm McDonald. The book is a tour of a subculture where bookies and mobsters, athletes and celebrities ride the gambling roller coaster for the love of the rush. Through it all, somehow Artie has come out ahead, though he does take a few moments to imagine his life if things hadn't quite gone his way. Unrepentant and unrestrained, the book is Lange at his finest.

Blacktino queer performance

July 17, 2018
Durham, NC : Duke University Press, 2016.
573 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Introduction : Ethnoracial intimacies in Blacktino queer performance / E. Patrick Johnson and Ramón H. Rivera-Servera -- Part I : The love conjure/blues text installation / Sharon Bridgforth ; Reinventing the Black Southern Community in Sharon Bridgforth's The love conjure/blues text installation / Matt Richardson ; Interview with Sharon Bridgforth / Sandra L. Richards -- Part II : Machos / directed/developed by Coya Paz, created by Teatro Luna ; Voicing masculinity / Tamara Roberts ; Interview with Coya Paz / Patricia Ybarra -- Part III : Strange fruit : a performance about identity politics / E. Patrick Johnson ; Passing strange : E. Patrick Johnson's Strange fruit / Jennifer DeVere Brody ; Interview with E. Patrick Johnson / Bernadette Marie Calafell -- Part IV : Ah mén / Javier Cardona, translated by Andreea Micu and Ramón H. Rivera-Servera ; Homosociality and its discontents : Puerto Rican masculinities in Javier Cardona's Ah mén / Celiany Rivera-Velázquez and Beliza Torres Narváez ; Interview with Javier Cardona / Jossianna Arroyo, translated by Ramón H. Rivera-Servera -- Part V : Dancin' the down low / Jeffrey Q. McCune Jr. ; Queering Black identity and desire : Jeffrey Q. McCune Jr.'s Dancin' the down low / Lisa B. Thompson ; Interview with Jeffrey Q. McCune Jr. / John Keene -- Part VI: Cuban hustle / Cedric Brown ; Love and money : performing Black queer diasporic desire in Cuban hustle / Marlon M. Bailey ; Interview with Cedric Brown / D. Soyini Madison -- Part VII: Seens from the unexpectedness of love / Pamela Booker ; "Public intimacy" : women-loving-women as dramaturgical transgressions / Omi Osun Joni L. Jones ; Interview with Pamela Booker / Tavia Nyong'o -- Part VIII: Berserker / Paul Outlaw ; What's Nat Turner doing up in here with all these queers? Paul Outlaw's Berserker : a black gay meditation on interracial desire and disappearing blackness / Charles I. Nero ; Interview with Paul Outlaw / Vershaum Ashanti Young -- Part IX: I just love Andy Gibb : a play in one act / Charles Rice-González ; Learning to unlove Andy Gibb : race, beauty, and the erotics of Puerto Rican black queer pedagogy / Lawrence La Fountain-Stokes ; Interview with Charles Rice-González / Ramón H. Rivera-Servera.

Harry Potter. Diagon Alley : a movie scrapbook

July 10, 2018
Revenson, Jody, author.
Somerville, Massachusetss : Candlewick Press, 2018.
47 pages : chiefly color illustrations ; 22 cm
"An Insights Editions book" -- Title page.
Introduction to Daigon Alley -- The leaky cauldron -- Diagon Alley -- Gringotts Wizarding Bank -- Ollivandes -- Flourish and Blotts -- Map of Diagon Alley -- Wizarding supplies -- Quality Quidditch supplies -- magical menageries -- The Daily Prophet -- Knockturn Alley -- Death Eaters in Diagon Alley -- Weasleys' wizard wheezes.
Diagon Alley is a cobblestoned shopping area for wizards and witches, and it was Harry Potters first introduction to the wizarding world. On this bustling street, seen throughout the Harry Potter films, the latest brooms are for sale, wizard authors give book signings, and young Hogwarts students acquire their school suppliescauldrons, quills, robes, wands, and brooms. This magical scrapbook takes readers on an interactive tour of Diagon Alley, from Gringotts Wizarding Bank to Ollivanders wand shop, Weasleys Wizard Wheezes, and beyond. Detailed profiles of each shop include concept illustrations, behind-the-scenes photographs, and fascinating reflections from actors and filmmakers that give readers an unprecedented inside look at the beloved wizarding location. Fans will also revisit key moments from the films, such as Harrys first visit to Ollivanders when he is selected by his wand in Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone and Harry, Ron, and Hermiones escape from Gringotts on the back of a Ukrainian Ironbelly dragon in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1.

Homey don't play that! : the story of In Living Color and the black comedy revolution

July 9, 2018
Peisner, David, author.
vii, 386 pages ; 24 cm
"If you ain't helping your brother, then I'm beating your ass" -- "Keenen was always the pioneer" -- "This is the place" -- "Richard was a god, so we were just lucky to be in his orbit" -- "There's a new sheriff in town" -- "This is what they think of us" -- "I was young, black, and angry" -- "Anybody who was anybody went there" -- "We're the Black Pack, homey" -- "You can't kill this movie" -- "The bad boys of television" -- "The running joke was if your last name's not Wayans, you didn't have a shot" -- Is this okay to say?" -- "If he ain't got no jokes, I don't need him" -- "It was just this overnight sensation" -- "Until it's funny, I can't care" -- "What they thought was hip-hop, wasn't hip-hop" -- "That's the beauty of it: it's dangerous and we shouldn't be doing it" -- "We got a problem. I want the other girl" -- "Some white kid from Harvard joking about Malcolm X-Lax-- I don't think that shit is funny" -- "If you don't bring your A game, other people are happy to do it" -- "All I remember is the layer of desperation that hung in the air" -- "Jamie fucking scared me" -- "I'm better that any of these girls and you know it!" -- "We were horrible to the censors" -- "I started laughing so hard that I forgot to do my job" -- "This show isn't just a money spigot" -- "It just seemed like nothing was ever going to be funny again" -- "It was a really cold, destructive place to work" -- "They were trying to commandeer the show" -- "It was a bunch of scared people left trying to save a sinking ship" -- "We didn't land on Chris Rock. Chris Rock landed on us" -- "We were getting a sense it just wasn't working" -- "It was time to fold up the tent" -- "Does anybody say NBC has all this white programming?" -- "No matter how funny a black comic is, it doesn't mean shit unless he makes the right white man laugh" -- "How does In Living Color fare in a world of Key and Peele?" -- "It's that moment when it all ignited."
"Discover the fascinating behind-the-scenes stories and lasting impact of the trailblazing sketch comedy show that upended television, launched the careers of some of our biggest stars, and changed the way we talk, think, and laugh about race: In Living Color."--Publisher's description.

Miriam Hopkins : life and films of a Hollywood rebel

July 5, 2018
Ellenberger, Allan R., 1956- author.
Lexington, Kentucky : University Press of Kentucky, [2018]
360 pages, 48 unnumbered pages of plates ; 24 cm.
"From a fine old family" -- Broadway bound -- Billy -- Of paramount importance -- Hollywood -- "An expensive leading woman" -- The Lubitsch touch -- Sutton Place -- Goldwyn -- Tola -- West Hollywood to Burbank -- "Perfect little bitches" -- All this, Jack Warner, and Bette Davis, too -- Angels battle in Boston -- "This is pure Hopkins" -- To New York and back -- "A little off-center" -- "They are sure reds" -- "How many times can you come back?" -- The final years -- "If I had to do it over again".
"In the first comprehensive biography of this colorful performer, Allan R. Ellenberger illuminates Hopkins's fascinating life and legacy. Her freewheeling film career was exceptional in studio-era Hollywood, and she managed to establish herself as a top star at Paramount, RKO, Goldwyn, and Warner Bros. Over the course of five decades, Hopkins appeared in thirty-six films, forty stage plays, and countless radio programs. Later, she emerged as a pioneer of TV drama. Ellenberger also explores Hopkins's private life, including her relationships with such intellectuals as Theodore Dreiser, Dorothy Parker, Gertrude Stein, and Tennessee Williams" -- provided by publisher.

My seven sons and how we raised each other : they only drive me crazy 30% of the time

June 28, 2018
Diamont, Don, 1962- author.
New York : Center Street, 2018.
x, 274 pages ; 22 cm
"Soap star Don Diamont's most interesting storyline to date is being the real-life father and ringleader of his seven rambunctious boys. Don Diamont's "My seven sons and how we raised each other" is a fatherhood book for today's modern, blended family ; a dude book that doesn't shy away from an emotional body slam ; and, a giftable dad book that also functions as a love song to a magnificent mom. With humor and compassion, Don takes the readers on a rollercoaster ride from the depths and sorrow of the passing of his own father and brother, to the heights of Hollywood and global glam, to becoming a father himself and the unlikely assemblage of his blended brood. Only two of his seven sons are his biological children. Looking back on the men who raised, coached, and mentored him, Diamont speaks candidly about the powerful lessons he's learned. Looking forward, as his seven boys become men, he reflects on the manly art of fatherhood and leaves us with a winning portrait of an American family in a world where the concept of family is being redefined."-- Provided by publisher.

Alien encounters in Angel Grove

June 26, 2018
Cooper, Gabriel P.
New York, New York : Penguin Young Readers Licenses, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC, [2018].
224 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Includes index.

Near-death experiences, and others

June 21, 2018
Gottlieb, Robert, 1931- author.
New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2018.
vi, 350 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Lives -- Letters -- Music -- Dance -- Movies -- Observing dance.
This new collection from the legendary editor Robert Gottlieb features twenty or so pieces he's written mostly for The New York Review of Books, ranging from reconsiderations of American writers such as Dorothy Parker, Thornton Wilder, Thomas Wolfe ("genius"), and James Jones, to Leonard Bernstein, Lorenz Hart, Lady Diana Cooper ("the most beautiful girl in the world"), the actor-assassin John Wilkes Booth, the scandalous movie star Mary Astor, and not-yet president Donald Trump. The writings compiled here are as varied as they are provocative: an extended probe into the world of post-death experiences; a sharp look at the biopics of transcendent figures such as Shakespeare, Molière, and Austen; a soap opera-ish movie account of an alleged affair between Chanel and Stravinsky; and a copious sampling of the dance reviews he's been writing for The New York Observer for close to twenty years.

Fail until you don't : fight, grind, repeat

June 21, 2018
Bones, Bobby, 1980- author.
New York, NY : Dey Street, an imprint of William Morrow, 2018.
viii, 257 pages ; 24 cm
Radio show host Bobby Bones delivers an inspirational and humorous collection of stories about his biggest misses in life and how he turned them into lessons and wins.

Room to dream

June 20, 2018
Lynch, David, 1946- author.
New York : Random House, 2018.
xii, 577 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
American pastoral -- The art life -- Smiling bags of death -- Spike -- The young American -- Mesmerized -- A suburban romance, only different -- Wrapped in plastic -- Finding love in Hell -- People give up and then they go down -- Next door to dark -- A shot of white lightning and a chick -- A slice of something -- The happiest of happy endings -- In the studio -- My log is turning gold.
"An unprecedented look into the personal and creative life of the visionary auteur David Lynch, through his own words and those of his closest colleagues, friends, and family. In this unique hybrid of biography and memoir, David Lynch opens up for the first time about a life lived in pursuit of his singular vision, and the many heartaches and struggles he's faced to bring his unorthodox projects to fruition. Lynch's lyrical, intimate, and unfiltered personal reflections riff off biographical sections written by close collaborator Kristine McKenna and based on more than one hundred new interviews with surprisingly candid ex-wives, family members, actors, agents, musicians, and colleagues in various fields who all have their own takes on what happened. Room to Dream is a landmark book that offers a onetime all-access pass into the life and mind of one of our most enigmatic and utterly original living artists."--Jacket.

Springfield confidential : jokes, secrets, and outright lies from a lifetime writing for The Simpsons

June 14, 2018
Reiss, Mike, 1959- author.
xv, 299 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
The longest-serving writer and producer for "The Simpsons" offers a humorous look at the writing and making of the legendary Fox series that has become one of the most revered artistic achievements in television history.

And then we danced : a voyage into the groove

June 13, 2018
Alford, Henry, 1962- author.
New York : Simon & Schuster, 2018.
xxi, 226 pages ; 23 cm
Social entrée -- Politics -- Rebellion -- Emotion and release -- Pure physicality -- Religion -- Nostalgia -- Intimacy and socializing -- Healing -- Epilogue.
"Tackling a wide range of forms (including ballet, hip-hop, jazz, ballroom, tap, contact improvisation, Zumba, swing), this grand tour takes us through the works and careers of luminaries ranging from Bob Fosse to George Balanchine, Twyla Tharp to Arthur Murray. Rich in insight and humor, Alford mines both personal experience and fascinating cultural history to offer a witty and ultimately moving portrait of how dance can express all things human"-- Provided by publisher.

The electric woman : a memoir in death-defying acts

June 12, 2018
Fontaine, Tessa, author.
x, 366 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Prologue: The trick is there is no trick -- The architecture of a wave -- The snake charmer -- Human history -- Open the gates -- The dragon -- Snickers T. Clown -- Cake -- Hair ingredients -- Let's us have fun -- The moon is apple pie -- The softest skin of anyone in the entire world -- Daughters -- Mud -- And the low sky opens -- The departure -- Emergency -- Fresh meat -- The Titanic was child's play -- Monsters -- Premium footlong corn dogs -- Where your name is writ -- Cash money -- Wildewoman -- The sword swallower -- The animal undone -- Sounds past the noises -- Behind the night's dress -- Christmas fish -- Dr. Frankenstein's hushed blood love song -- Normalaphobia -- Invisibilia -- Bloodlust -- The heroes -- Electricity -- By ship into the sea -- Twinklers -- The great reveal -- Out of the mist -- Epilogue: Where you will float electric.
"Follows the author on a life-affirming journey of loss and self-discovery through her time on the road with the last traveling American sideshow and her relationship with an adventurous, spirited mother"

My girls : a lifetime with Carrie and Debbie

June 11, 2018
Fisher, Todd 1958- author.
x, 388 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Introduction -- 813 Greenway Drive -- The good life -- Ignorance is bliss -- Time of my life -- 154 East 74th Street -- The trouble with Harry -- Innocents abroad -- Cultural exchange -- 619 Oakhurst Drive -- The wrong girl -- For better or for worse -- Woman of the year -- True colors -- Wandering in the desert -- Double life -- Exodus -- What's a Pigeon Forge? -- The end of the rainbow -- Bright lights -- Full circle -- Good-bye, dear -- Epilogue.
In December 2016, the world was shaken by the sudden deaths of Carrie Fisher and her mother Debbie Reynolds, occurring less than 24 hours apart. Debbie's only remaining child, Todd Fisher, somehow retained his grace and composure under the glare of the media spotlight as he struggled with his own overwhelming grief. In My girls, Todd shares his heart and his memories of Debbie and Carrie with deeply personal stories from his earliest years to those last unfathomable days.

Bruce Lee : a life

June 8, 2018
Polly, Matthew, author.
X, 640 pages, 16 unnumberred pages of plates ; illustrations (some color), genealogical table ; 24 cm
"A biography of the movie icon Bruce Lee"-- Provided by publisher.

Sex and the city and us : how four single women changed the way we think, live, and love

June 7, 2018
Armstrong, Jennifer Keishin, author.
New York : Simon & Schuster, 2018.
xxii, 232 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Coinciding with the twentieth anniversary of the iconic television series, Sex and the city and us tells the story of how a columnist, two gay men -- Darren Star and fellow executive producer Michael Patrick King -- and a writers' room full of women used their own poignant, hilarious, and humiliating stories to launch a cultural phenomenon. Featuring interviews with the cast and writers, including star Sarah Jessica Parker, Sex and the city and us presents a behind-the-scenes look at a TV series that changed the way women everywhere see themselves.

Ghostbuster's daughter : life with my dad, Harold Ramis

June 7, 2018
Ramis Stiel, Violet, author.
New York : Blue Rider Press, 2018.
368 pages, 16 pages of plates : illustrations, facsimiles ; 24 cm
Foreword / by Seth Rogen -- Introduction: Life is messy -- Young love -- Don't go into retail -- Harold + Anne = Violet -- National Lampoon's Animal House (1978) -- It takes a village... -- Caddyshack (1980) -- Tell me about when you were little -- Grown-up stuff -- Stripes (1981) -- My dad, my hero -- Ticket to ride -- National Lampoon's Vacation (1983) -- No more tangles -- Our AV club -- Ghostbusters (1984) -- Ch-ch-ch-changes -- Club Paradise (1986) -- The split -- Mystery baby -- One in three -- A swiftly tilting planet -- Ghostbusters II (1989) -- Harold and Erica, husband and wife -- Terrible tweens -- Groundhog Day (1993) -- So you wanna be a gangsta? -- Pass the pipe -- You go your way, I'll go mine -- Stuart saves his family (1995) -- Your walls will not protect you -- Concord Class of 1995 -- Multiplicity (1996) -- Go, slugs! -- What now? -- Analyze This (1999) -- Un bon voyage (et vérité) -- Bedazzled (2000) - I can make it there... -- Baby on board -- Jew-ish -- Orange County (2002) and I'm with Lucy (2002) -- Do good -- Nerd alert -- Sister act -- The Ice Harvest (2005) -- Big head, big heart -- Ob-la-di, ob-la-da -- Knocked up (2007) -- Same boat, different ocean -- Year One (2009) -- Breaking up is hard to do -- So a very funny old Jewish guy dies and goes to Heaven -- Old dog, new tricks -- The last supper -- The long goodbye -- Life after death.
Harold Ramis was a filmmaker and actor who brought warmth and humor to the big screen. To Violet Ramis, he was best known as an amazing father, confidant, and friend. Here she reflects on the life and legacy of her father, taking readers into the personal life of an American comedy icon, from his humble roots in Chicago and his ascension into Hollywood super-stardom to his personal philosophies on life, love, and filmmaking.

Take you wherever you go

June 1, 2018
Leon, Kenny, author.
x, 229 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Grandma Mamie -- St. Petersburg -- Mr. Irresistible -- Be in the room -- Wilsonian soldiers.
Discusses the theater director's long climb to the top, from his childhood home in rural Florida off a dirt road and with no electricity to working with A-listers like Alicia Keys and Angela Bassett.

Become an American ninja warrior : the ultimate insider's guide

May 31, 2018
New York : St. Martin's Griffin, 2018.
264 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm.
The show -- The course -- The ninjas -- The training -- Go time -- Ninja nation.
Published to coincide with the show's tenth anniversary, an official behind-the-scenes guide shares stories from its hosts, creators, and top contestants on how American Ninja Warriors train on the show's legendary obstacle courses.

So close to being the sh*t, y'all don't even know

May 30, 2018
Retta, author.
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2018.
viii, 262 pages ; color illustrations ; 22 cm
Eff you, Effie! -- The darkest of magic -- From roaches to riches, bitches! -- Louis and Gucci and Pucci, oh my! -- What's up Doc? -- You do? I don't -- Knock knock -- I think I might be lazy -- Food, water, oxygen, television -- 'Tis better to give than to receive...another fkn candle -- Ginuwine isn't really my cousin -- Membership has its privileges -- I would puck witchu -- It's an unforgettable life -- Stretch marks fo life! -- That year I went Lin-sane -- Which came first? The chicken, obv!
"Whether reminiscing about her days as a contract chemist at GlaxoSmithKline, telling 'dirty' jokes to Mormons, feeling like the odd man out on Parks, fending off racist trolls on Twitter, flirting with Michael Fassbender, expertly stalking the cast of Hamilton, or glamming it up on the set, Retta's voice is unique and refreshing"--Front jacket flap.

The Twilight Zone encyclopedia

May 24, 2018
Rubin, Steven Jay, 1951- author.
ix, 429 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
"An A Cappella book."
"A rich, fact-filled collectible, packed with vibrant history, amazing trivia, and rare photographs, The Twilight Zone Encyclopedia, assembled with the full cooperation of the Rod Serling estate, includes biographies of every principal actor involved in the series and hundreds who toiled behind the scenes - producers, writers, and directors. It is an exhaustive and engrossing guide, a compendium of credits, plot synopses, anecdotes, production details, never-before-seen images, and interviews with nearly everyone still alive who was associated with the show."--Page 4 of cover.

Jim Henson's the Dark crystal : the ultimate visual history

May 23, 2018
Gaines, Caseen, 1986- author.
188 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 29 cm
Includes facsimile items and memorabilia tipped in throughout the book.
A true masterpiece brought to life by the ingenious puppetry and peerless storytelling of Jim Henson, Dark Crystal is revered by an entire generation of fans. For the first time, this deluxe and highly comprehensive book tells the complete story of this deeply personal Henson project, highlighting the unique creative journey and groundbreaking techniques that brought the film to the screen. Drawing from unseen archive interviews with Jim Henson and new interviews with the film's behind-the-scenes creative team, Dark Crystal: The Ultimate Visual History leaves no stone unturned in chronicling the entire production, from the initial concept based on themes close to Henson's heart to the ingenious conceptual design, puppet construction, and logistics of the shoot itself. The book also delves into the wider world of Dark Crystal, exploring the creation of comics, novels, and other official projects inspired by the film. The book also features a plethora of amazing removable items, such as script pages, notes and sketches from Henson, and other unique treasures. Definitive, enthralling, and revelatory,

Well, that escalated quickly : memoirs and mistakes of an accidental activist

May 22, 2018
Ramsey, Franchesca, 1983- author.
New York : Grand Central Publishing, 2018.
viii, 244 pages ; 24 cm
"In this sharp, funny, and incredibly timely collection of personal essays, veteran video blogger and star of MTV's Decoded, Franchesca Ramsey explores race, identity, online activism, and the downfall of real communication in the age of Twitter rants and call-out wars"-- Provided by publisher.

Failure is an option : an attempted memoir

May 22, 2018
Benjamin, H. Jon, author.
New York : Dutton, [2018]
viii, 245 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 22 cm
"H. Jon Benjamin--the lead voice behind Archer and Bob's Burgers--helps us all feel a little better about our own failures by sharing his own in a hilarious memoir-ish chronicle of failure. Most people would consider H. Jon Benjamin a comedy show business success. But he'd like to remind everyone that as great as success can be, failure is also an option. And maybe the best option. In this book, he tells stories from his own life, from his early days ("wherein I'm unable to deliver a sizzling fajita") to family ("wherein a trip to P.F. Chang's fractures a family") to career ("how I failed to sell a pilot"). As Jon himself says, breaking down one's natural ability to succeed is not an easy task, but also not an insurmountable one. Society as we know it is, sadly, failure averse. But more acceptance of failure, as Jon sees it, will go a long way to making this world a different place. a kinder, gentler place, where gardens are overgrown and most people stay home with their pets. A vision of failure, but also a vision of freedom. With stories, examples of artistic and literary failure, and a powerful can't-do attitude, Failure Is an Option is the book the world doesn't need right now but will get regardless"-- Provided by publisher.


May 18, 2018
Itzkoff, Dave, author.
xii, 529 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), portraits ; 24 cm
"A New York Times book."
Prologue -- Part one: Comet -- Punky and Lord Posh -- The escape artist -- Legalized insanity -- My favorite Orkan -- The Robin Williams show -- Mork blows his cork -- Bungalow 3 -- Part two: Star -- Mr. Happy -- Tough love -- Gooooooood morning -- O captain! -- Dreamlike parts, with phantasmagoric associations -- Father man -- Hot flashes -- Part three: Supernova -- Golden dude -- Fade to white -- Weapons of self-destruction -- The tiger in winter -- Gone -- Everything will be okay -- The big room -- Epilogue -- Robin Williams: Selected works and awards.
"From New York Times reporter Dave Itzkoff comes the definitive biography of Robin Williams-- a compelling portrait of one of America's most beloved and misunderstood entertainers. From his rapid-fire stand-up comedy riffs to his breakout role in Mork & Mindy and his powerful Academy Award-winning performance in Good Will Hunting, Robin Williams was a singularly innovative actor and comedian. He often came across as a man possessed, holding forth on culture, politics, and personal revelation-- all with mercurial, tongue-twisting intensity as he inhabited and shed one character after another. But as Dave Itzkoff shows in this revelatory biography, Williams's comic brilliance masked a deep well of conflicting emotions and self-doubt. In his comedy and in celebrated films like Dead Poets Society; Good Morning, Vietnam; The Fisher King; Aladdin; and Mrs. Doubtfire, he showcased his limitless gift for improvisation, bringing his characters to life and using humor to seek deeper truths. Itzkoff also shows how Williams struggled mightily with addiction and depression and with a debilitating condition at the end of his life that affected him in ways his fans never knew. Drawing on more than a hundred original interviews with family, friends, and colleagues, as well as extensive archival research, Robin is a fresh and original look at a performer whose work touched so many of our lives"--Book jacket.


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