Archive for the ‘Books’ Category

Me & Patsy Kickin’ Up Dust

Also a movie directed by the Thelma & Louise screenwriter the book fleshes out female bonding, in this case between Patsy Cline and Loretta Lynn, and living happy lives even if today’s dadgum political police might not approve.

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Pharma (2)

Greed, Lies, and the Poisoning of America by Gerald Posner

7: A One-Atom Difference

8: A “Jewish Kid from Brooklyn”

9: Medicine Avenue

10: The Hard Sell Blitz

11: A Haven of Communists

12: The Puppet Master

13: Fake Doctors

14: A “Sackler Empire”

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Campaigns and Elections

What Everyone Needs to Know

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Pharma (1)

Greed, Lies, and the Poisoning of America by Gerald Posner

1: Patient Zero

2: The Poison Squad

3: Enter the Feds

4: The Wonder Drug

5: “Could You Patent the Sun?”

6: An Unlikely Trio

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Laugh Lines

Summit may be the only library around here that let’s you in as most treat the exchange of books on the level of transporting plutonium. This freedom to browse brought me to this biography of an original SNL writer who later collaborated with Billy Crystal, Rob Reiner, Dave Barry, and Garry Shandling and passed by Mark David Chapman on his way to dinner with Gilda Radner and G.E. Smith at the Dakota the night John Lennon was shot.

A lot to relate to with this Short Hills resident but only a few excerpts.

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The Room Where It Happened (3)

Here are the rest of the excerpts, made a little easier by being able to find a pdf  of the book, though the page numbers relate to the hard copy edition.
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The Room Where It Happened (2)

Halfway through and here are more excerpts, made a little easier by being able to find a pdf  of the book, though the page numbers relate to the hard copy edition.

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The Room Where It Happened (1)

One-third of the way through and here are excerpts, made a little easier by being able to find a pdf  of the book, though the page numbers relate to the hard copy edition.

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Apropos of Nothing (2)

Woody Allen’s autobiography turns out to be uplifting especially when you consider it was written by an 84-year-old man though the energy may have been generated from wanting to expunge that child-molestor talk from his legacy which gets about 80 pages. Here are the rest of the excerpts:

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Apropos of Nothing (1)

Bookstores and libraries are reopening slowly in New Jersey but stock is low and I do not expect to get Woody Allen’s autobiography from those sources for some months so I jumped on it when it popped up at the West Hartford Barnes & Noble.

Though the emergency publisher has forgone niceties like an index and chapters there are enough reminiscences, revelations, and ruminations to make it an interesting read so far.

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