Sparks of genius (via BartlebyCompany)
A king amongst his people (via RetroNewYork)
Another Q-&-A hit the web this week, this one with the Portland Tribune.
And then there’s this humblingly positive review from Peter Martin at Twitch.
Publishers Weekly chimed in as well, somewhat neutrally.
There was a nice note about this week’s Powell’s event in the Portland Mercury.
I was on the radio in Ireland on the Moncrieff show, which went something like this (starts at the 7:00 mark).
Finally, my visit to KATU-TV’s “AM Northwest” resulted in this segment (Note to self: stripey shirt = not so much):
The kid Youngman (via OldShowBiz)
Being geniuses together: Jerry & Janis (via SoundsOf71)
Lads: Ed, Mick & Keith (via ModRules)
The kid The King (via IfCharlieParkerWasAGunslinger)
That girl: Jean Shrimpton (via VogueAnon)
"…and all the children have above-average midichlorian levels."
Lamarrs (via HarryBelafontes)
Miles smiles (via IfCharlieParkerWasAGunslinger)
That girl: Diana Rigg (via CulturaPopRigor)
It is, apparently, an era of Q-&-A interviews — which, as a journalist I understand (it’s quicker) but as an author I rather bridle against (it’s more work to write my answers out than simply to say ’em).
Anyhow, “De Niro: A Life” has occasioned two such interviews in recent days:
— One from Reuters which has been translated and published (often in print) all around the world.
And, what the heck, one non-Q-&-A, a brief but enthusiastic item in Portland Monthly.
And if you’re weary of reading my words in Q-&A format, how about watching it?
Here’s my visit to KGW-TV’s “Live at 7”:
Double bill (via CandicesBergen)
That girl: Anita Ekberg (via EffinDiva)
Barts (via TheComicsVault)
Deep study (via BlancheForDubois)
My inner life (via RuinedChildhood)
"Good evening…." (via MaxGehr)
Flower child (via JacobWFowler)
Captain Kubrick (via LotteReinigerForever)
Lohans (via TheFinalImage)
All thumbs! (via MindGardens67)
Firstly: My appearance on Weds morning (Sydney time; Tuesday afternoon here) on Australia’s “Mornings” talk show.
There was also a brief chat about the book — and about my pal Glenn Kenny’s “Robert De Niro: Anatomy of an Actor” — on Hollywood Elsewhere (check the comments where Glenn and I muse on the strange coincidence of two De Niro books in one year).
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
812, I’ll be at the Hollywood Theatre for a screening of “Bang the Drums Slowly.” (NOTE NEW DATE)
(NOTE: Both of those film events will have reading-&-signing components.)
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The kid Deneuve (via FawnVelveteen)
Woodstock ‘68 or Portland ‘14? (via FenderLust)
Here comes trouble…. (via ClassicHollywoodStuff)
"We’ll have what they’re having…." (via DoubleCulDeSac)
Stocking stuffer (via ClassicKat)
…and your bird can sing (via EverybodyMustGetStoned)
Dreamy Marlon (via MattyBing1025)
Trick or treat
Coffee and a smoke (via FilmParadise)
That girl: Gene Tierney (via JeanneCrains)
Heeeeeeeeere’s Johnny (via OldShowBiz)
Lads (via KeyFrameDaily)
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.
My inner life (via DrRobotnik)
That girl: Mia Farrow (via Micdel)
A life in the theater
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)
Twiggys (via Micdel)
Pearl pours (via ModRules)
That girl: Veronica Lake (via LaPitieDangereuse)