When Lawrence Grobel appeared on Marc Maron’s WTF podcast, Marc asked him, “You’ve talked to practically everybody who’s anybody; what have you learned from them?” You, Talking to Me is the answer to that question. It’s a compilation of the lessons gleaned from years spent interviewing and profiling hundreds of the most iconic, heroic, famous, controversial, and reclusive people on the planet for newspapers like the N.Y. Times, Newsday, the L.A. Times and the Chicago Tribune; for magazines like Playboy, Redbook, Details, Rolling Stone, Reader’s Digest, and the Saturday Evening Post; and for many of his 25 books. Here’s some of what he learned:
Why Mel Gibson is convinced he won’t go to hell. Who Miles Davis wished to strangle. Why Jake Gyllenhaal is so protected. Why Rodney Dangerfield was so proud of his genitalia. Why Goldie Hawn was down on her knees in apology. What prisoner caused Dolly Parton to lose her cool. What Buster Keaton taught Lucille Ball about comedy. How artist Paul McCarthy turned a lie into a profound truth. Who Kiefer Sutherland lassoed to prove a point. What Gov. Jesse Ventura’s wife thought of his telling the world he wanted to be reincarnated as a 38DD bra. What legal document journalists are asked to sign before speaking to Barbra Streisand. What enraged Coach Bob Knight to the point of violence at a journalist. What made Cher cry. How Robert Mitchum revealed his anti-Semitism. What made Jeff Daniels quit golf after finally breaking 80. How Luciano Pavarotti defended the insult that he had a “stupid, ugly face.” Why most of Halle Berry’s childhood memories are sad. How Anthony Kiedis’ dad used him as a drug mule. What Lily Tomlin knew as a child about grown-ups. Why Anthony Hopkins is so angry. The narcissism of James Elroy and Ray Bradbury. David Duchovny’s favorite porn star. What writer humbles James Franco. How to flatter Jerry Lewis. What impresses Warren Beatty. Christopher Walken’s trade secrets. Why James Spader is such a smart aleck. What Father Andrew Greeley really thought about nuns. How Farrah Fawcett and Sandra Bullock handled being robbed. What Jim Carrey knows about the secret life of plants. What James Earl Jones has against ‘Black is Beautiful.’ Who Jeff Bridges thought was great. Why Allen Ginsberg liked to kiss strange men on the lips. Norman Mailer’s distinction between stupid vs. dumb people. Truman Capote’s take on a masterpiece. Richard Feynman’s dislike of his Nobel Prize. Why Joyce Carol Oates can’t stop writing.
Grobel has taken what he has learned from these people and turned them into universal lessons that can be applied to everyday life. „You, Talking to Me” is available as an eBook on Amazon for $4.99, and as a paperback for $17.95.
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