Marvin Hamlisch is not a “cookie filled with arsenic,” to quote one of the million quotable lines in Sweet Smell of Success , the noir musical he’s adapted from the 1957 movie. He’s more like a cookie filled with Oreo cream.
Double stuff me, Sidney.
When Marvin Hamlisch was 16, he wrote a Top Read More
What lessons are we to glean from Hillary Clinton’s unexpectedly large victory, and where are the wise men when we need them? So far, other than an ex post facto blaming of Rick Lazio’s poor campaign, the number crunchers, media pundits, pollmeisters-the whole industry of Monday-morning quarterbacks who tell us what to think-have been notably Read More
Pages from a notebook:
Thursday, April 27: I fly down to Dallas with several purposes in mind. First and foremost, to see my newest grandson, Michael Joseph, for the first time. He was born last Dec. 20, and is reported by his two aunts, who have already laid eyes on him, to be the veriest Read More
My own personal millennium ended on a high note and a low.
The high was the arrival on Dec. 20 in Dallas-a hundred miles or so south of Bowie, where my father was born in 1906-of my third grandchild and second grandson, Michael Joseph Thomas. He is by all accounts thriving, and the knowledge Read More
For the past three summers, Francis has put in five weeks from mid-June to mid-July at the wonderful Teton Valley Ranch Camp in Kelly, Wyo. At the end of the session, either his mother or I fly west to attend the baccalaureate rodeo and closing festivities and bring him home.
This year it was my Read More
“If they can’t get you on results, they get you on the relationships.”
–Jeff Van Gundy, before the first Knicks-Spurs game
They get you on the relationships. The coach was talking about his relationship with his players. That it didn’t matter that he got results from the team, got them into the finals, reporters–”they”–would Read More