The book hit shelves — brick-and-mortar and digital — yesterday, and it was greeted by a fair bit of noise.
First, a pair of reviews: one in my hometown paper (and former employer) The Oregonian; one in the film- focused web site FlickSided.
Then there was this: a round-up of the most personally embarrassing and scandalous material in the book ginned up by the Daily Mail of London.
I have a few thoughts to share on that last one. Yes, it all really happened and can be verified and was vetted by a lawyer prior to publication. And yes, I learned about it and wrote it. But it represents perhaps 1% of my work, as opposed to 100% of the Mail’s. My 600 pages are far more concerned, as the reviewers above have noted, with the working life of a great artist than with the private life of a man who was on top of the world through much of the ’70s and ’80s and lived the high life of that era as many others in his milieu did. These things happened; but they are not the whole man and they are most definitely not the whole story that I have written about the man.
There is no way to write a full biography without addressing the entire life of the subject. The biographer simply must report what is out there to be found (and, crucially, what can be verified). But I chose repeatedly in my years of research and writing to emphasize the thing that has made De Niro famous — his astonishing art — rather than the dirt I might have found under his fingernails; and I most assuredly did not follow every whiff of smoke that I cam across with the hope of finding the fire of scandal. I wrote about an artist, his choices, his technique, and his impact. Without De Niro’s art, after all, we wouldn’t know of him at all. And then what would the Mail’s headline be: “Unknown Man Indulges in Sex and Drugs”? I think not.
Anyhoo, as before, the book is available in print and/or in digital formats at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Powell’s, and other purveyors of words-on-paper and/or -screens.
That girl: Gene Tierney (via JeanneCrains)
My inner life (via DrRobotnik)
That girl: Mia Farrow (via Micdel)
My lastest, out today wherever book-on-paper and/or -in-digits are sold.
Being geniuses togethere: Olivia & Vivien (via Bellecs)
I got stripes (via BabeImGonnaLeaveU)
Country Zimmy (via SpoiltVictorianChild)
That girl: Laura Palmer (via AngelsWouldn’tHelpYou)
Pearl pours (via ModRules)
That girl: Veronica Lake (via LaPitieDangereuse)
My inner life (and my suggestion for #rctid) (via GIFsOfThe’80s)
Today marks one week exactly until the official publication date of my new book, “De Niro: A Life,” and there’s some stuff to share.
If you’re in the Portland area, I’ve got three personal appearances coming up:
- On November 11, I’ll be downtown at Powell’s City of Books for a traditional reading-&-signing event.
- On November 16, I’ll be at the Northwest Film Center for a screening of “A Bronx Tale,” De Niro’s directorial debut.
- On December 8, I’ll be at the Hollywood Theatre for a screening of “Bang the Drums Slowly.”
(NOTE: Both of those film events will have reading-&-signing components.)
Then I’ve got some links to share:
- There was a very complimentary write-up on the book in Kirkus Reviews.
- There was a ludicrous but delicious account of the book in The National Enquirer.
- There are some very kind reviews of the book on Amazon and GoodReads.
- Finally, you can read a healthy sample of the book on Scribd.
In the coming days I’ll have some news about national media appearances and print features and reviews.
As before, the book is available in print and/or in digital formats at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Powell’s, and other purveyors of words-on-paper.
The happy couple: Marilyn & Arthur (via AlwaysMarilynMonroe)
"If you want to stay in the band, don’t look at the camera." (via ModRules)
That girl: La Hepburn (via IndypendentThinking)
My inner life (via WanderlustOfTime)
That thing when you can’t find the remote…. (via TheSwinginSixties)
Being geniuses together: Tash & Jer
Vince and Butch yuk it up
Lads: Messers Raimi, Tapert & Campbell
That girl: Jill St. John (NSFW-ish) (via FYeahJillStJohn)
Mad about the boy: Sammy Davis Jr. (via Deforest)
My inner life (via ThisVelvetBlog)
Cash & carry (via Micdel)
Lasses: Janis & Grace (via ModRules)
Roman ruins (via RomanByMarta)
John in the city (partly via ShyBeatlesGirl)
The pure products of Metropolis go crazy (via stiwfssr)
That girl: Jean Shrimpton (via ModRules)
We are not amused (via SgtPepper’sBlog)
Oliviers (via UnaLadyItaliana)
Out with the new, in with the old….
The kid Cusack (via AVintageScene)