Dick Cavett, the legendary talk show host, NYTimes.com columnist and raconteur, is back with a new collection of provocative essays, of his reflections and reminiscences about Hollywood legends, American cultural icons, and the absurdities of everyday life in BRIEF ENCOUNTERS: Conversations, Magic Moments, and Assorted Hijinks.
Jimmy Fallon, the host of The Tonight Show, has called him “a legend and an inspiration” and has written a foreword to BRIEF ENCOUNTERS that makes clear Cavett’s sizeable footprint on today’s talk show hosts.
"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
Dick talks with Alec Baldwin about "Brief Encounters" at the 92nd Street Y.
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