In my ninety-plus years I’ve lived a multitude of lives. In the course of all these lives, I had a front- row seat at the birth of television; wrote, produced, created or developed more than a hundred shows; had nine on the air at the same time; founded the 300,000-member liberal advocacy group People for the American Way; was labeled the “No. 1 enemy of the American family” by Jerry Falwell; made it onto Richard Nixon’s “Enemies List”; was presented with the National Medal of the Arts by President Clinton; purchased an original copy of the Declaration of Independence and toured it for ten years in all fifty states; blew a fortune in a series of bad investments in failing businesses; and reached a point where I was informed we might even have to sell our home.
Having heard that we’d fallen into such dire straits, my son-in-law phoned me and asked how I was feeling. My answer was, “Terrible, of course,” but then I added, “but I must be crazy, because despite all that’s happened, I keep hearing this inner voice saying, ‘Even this I get to experience.'”
“A 92-year-old TV titan (and oh, by the way, World War II combat veteran, filmmaker and First Amendment activist) should feel entitled to cruise through a boastful victory lap in a book like this, but Lear largely resists that time-worn impulse. His deeper digging yields an impressively substantive tale.”
“Lear is one of the great storytellers. … The book is a trove of great stories brilliantly told about the worlds of television, movies, entertainment, society — and a 92-year-old-man still unashamedly looking for love from a felonious father and a mother who somehow forgot to say ‘I’m proud of you.’”
friday, november 28 – new york, ny
10:00am – 11:00am
saturday, november 29 – manchester, vt
monday, dec 1 – new york, ny
marc maron’s podcast WTF
monday, dec 8 – new york, ny
the daily show
11:00pm – 11:30pm (eastern)
more dates to come!