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A staged reading was held in January 1992 at The Public Theater in Manhattan, directed by Martin Charnin, featuring Jane Kaczmarek, Tony Goldwyn, Zach Grenier,James Murtaugh, Alison Fraser and Tom Mardorosian
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• Produced by Kurt Andersen, Lisa Birnbach, Martin Charnin and Jamie Malanowski at TheTriad on West 72nd Street in May 1995, directed by Martin Charnin, starring James Biberi, Scott Bryant, Sara Pratter, Keith Primi, Ingrid R. Rockefeller and Luke Toma, with guest hosts Harry Shearer, Peter Boyle, and Bebe Neuwirth
• Produced by Sandy Faison and Steve Ullman at the Santa Monica Playhouse in Los Angeles in October 1995, directed by Martin Charnin, starring Gregg Berger, Scott Bryant, Sara Pratter, Keith Primi, Ingrid R. Rockefeller and Luke Toma, with guest host Robert Morse
• Produced by Kurt Andersen, Lisa Birnbach, Martin Charnin and Jamie Malanowski at The 88s in Greenwich Village in February 1998, directed by Martin Charnin, starring Gregg Berger, Scott Bryant, Sara Pratter, Keith Primi, Ingrid R. Rockefeller, Sarah Thyre and Luke Toma, with host Andy Richter
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Loose Lippers (clockwise from top left): Martin Charnin, Scott Bryant, Jimmy Biberi, Luke Toma, me, Sara Pratter, Keith Primi (pictured) Mark Smaltz and Ingrid Rockefeller
Loose Lips, 1998: (top row) Mark Smaltz, Martin Charnin, Ingrid Rockefeller; (bottom row) Scott Bryant, Sarah Thyre, Keith Primi, Gregg Berger
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Loquacious Luntz language lessons, March 2, 2005
Ownership society? Count me out, March 6, 2005
Terrorism suspects can by guns: Are you kidding me?, March 14, 2005
More! More! More!, March 21, 2005
Consensus? What’s that?, March 24, 2005
Battle for Schiavo’s life turns ghoulish, March 28, 2005
Moral position? ... Hardly, March 30, 2005
Are corporations crazy?, April 3, 2005
Bush’s good luck overflows, April 5, 2005
Washington Journalism Review (1)
Generals Fighting the Last War, December 1992.
The Wall Street Journal (1)
A Centenary Salute to Patrick O'Brian, December 11, 2014
The Washington Monthly (44)
The Lost Roast of Gary Hart, June 1984.
POWER: The Ultimate Aphrodisiac, by Dr. Ruth Westheimer
and Dr. Steven Kaplan: a review, November 2001
Public Intellectuals: a Study in Decline, byRichard A. Posner: a review, April 2002
Cramer vs. Cramer: A review of Jim Cramer's Confessions of a Street Addict, June, 2002
Coulter Clash: A review of Ann Coulter's Slander, July-August 2002
Kibu-ki Theater: a review of Inside the Cult of Kibu and Other Tales of the Millennial Gold Rush, by Lori Gottlieb and Jesse Jacobs, Sept, 2002
Capitol Bore: A review of Worth the Fighting For, by John McCain, with Mark Salter, Nov, 2002
Still Stupid? A review of It's Still The Economy, Stupid by Paul Begala, December 2002
Geek Tragedy - A review of Starving to Death On $200 Million: The Short, Absurd Life of The Industry Standard, by James Ledbetter, Jan-Feb, 2003
RoveRage: A review of Boy Genius: Karl Rove, the Brains Behind the Remarkable Political Triumph of George W. Bush by Lou Dubose, Jan Reid, Carl M. Cannon, March, 2003
Pink Pander, a review of Useful Idiots, by Mona Charen, April, 2003
Harley's Angels, a review of Born To Be Wild: A History of the American Biker and Bikes, 1947-2002 by Paul Garson & the editors of Easyriders, May, 2003
Ball Boys: why golf is the driving obsession of middle-age alpha males, June, 2003
Flights of Fancy: A Review of Air Force One: A History of Presidents and Their
Planes, by Kenneth T. Walsh, July-August, 2003
Boy Genial: A review of Tucker Carlson's Politicians, Partisans, and Parasites, September 2003
Kill Bill: a review of Richard Miniter's Losing Bin Laden, November 2003
James's Addiction: A review of James Carville's Had Enough?, December, 2003
Hollywood and Squares: A review of Alan Schroeder's Celebrity-in-Chief, March, 2004
Sailing Away: A review of William F. Buckley's Miles Gone By, October 2004
Bully Pulpit: A Review of The Hammer: Tom DeLay: God, Money, and United States Congress by Lou Dubose and Jan Reid, November 2004
Name Games: A review of Steve Rivkin & Fraser Sutherland's The Making of a Name, March, 2005
What A Way To Go: A review of Sarah Vowell's Assassination Vacation, April, 2005
Dear Abu, May, 2005
Follow The Refuse: A review of Elizabeth Royte's Garbage Land, September 2005
The Aging of Aquarius: A review of Leonard Steinhorn's The Greater Generation, Jan.-Feb. 2006 ( "The Aging of Aquarius" is a barbed-wire gem by Jamie Malanowski on Boomer navel-gazing. . . .This article is a must-read, so I really don't want to spoil Malanowski's killer close.''--Jeff Chang, cantstopwontstop.com, January 23, 2006)
Kill Hill: A Review of John Podhoretz's Can She Be Stopped?, May 2006
The Loud Mouth: what Aristotle would like about Michael Moore: A review of Forgive Us Our Spins, by Jesse Larner, November 2006
America the Ornery: A review of Peter Wood's A Bee in the Mouth, July 2007
A Sunday Manifesto: A Review of Craig Harline's Sunday: A History of the First Day From Babylonia to the Super Bowl, May 2007
Sorry, That's Classified: A Review of Cheney: The Untold Story of America's Most Powerful and Controversial Vice President by Stephen F. Hayes, October 2007
Review of One Helluva Ride by Liz Clarke, February 2008
Pacifist Aggressive, a review of Human Smoke by Nicholson Baker, April 2008
Roman a Scumbag, a review of Dark Horse by Ralph Reed, July 2008
Setup on K street: sting operations on sleazeball lobbyists aren't what they used to be, a review of Turkmeniscam, by Ken Silverstein, August-Oct, 2008
Big Bother: How a Million Surveillance Cameras in London Are Proving George Orwell Wrong, November-December 2009
I Want All for Christmas: A Review of Hank Stuever's Tinsel, January-February 2010
Valley Forged: A Review of Ben Tarnoff's Money Makers, January-February 2011
When Giants Roamed the Earth: A Review of Stewart Pinkerton's The Fall of the House of Forbes, November/ December 2011.
The New Nixon: A Review of Thomas Mallon's Watergate. May/June 2012
Broken in Hoboken: A Review of Killing the Poormaster, by Holly Metz,September/October 2012
The Incurious Investigator: A Review of Terry Lenzner's The Investigator, The Washington Monthly, September/October 2013
The Washington Post (9)
I Hear America Chatting, Outlook, November 8, 1992.
Please Mr. Packwood, Outlook, February 14, 1993.
At Play in the Fields of the Bored, Outlook, April 4,
Take My President--Please, Outlook, May 30, 1993.
Beach Blanket Bureaucrats, Outlook, August 29,
Racists for Feminism! Outlook, February 1994.
Heroes Once More, a review of Rome 1960 by David Maraniss, July 20, 2008
Behind Every Rock, A Bush, a review of Family of Secrets by Russ Baker, January 11, 2009
Review: ``Interloper: Lee Harvey Oswald Inside the Soviet Union,'' October 25, 2013
Westchester Magazine (1)
Straight Shooting, March 2009
Outlook for Broadway: Making Sense of the Mayor's Theatre Advisory Council Proposals, for the foundation Exploring the Metropolis, 1986
Liner Notes for Like, Omigod! The '80s Pop Culture Box (Totally), by Various Artists, Rhino Records Anthology, 2002
Mein Doll, unpblished article collected in Killed: Great Journalism Too Hot to Print
• ANTHOLOGIES IN WHICH MY ARTICLES HAVE BEEN INCLUDED
The Premiere Guide to Movies on Video, edited by Howard Karren (1991)
Mirth of a Nation, Volume II: The Best Contemporary Humor, edited by Michael J. Rosen (2002)
Killed: Great Journalism Too Hot To Print, edited by David Wallis (2004)
The Fun Never Stops!: An Anthology of Comic Art 1991-2006, by Drew Friedman, Daniel Clowes, and Ben Schwartz (2006)
Lincoln: A President for the Ages, edited by Karl Weber (2012)
Disunion, from The New York Times, edited by Ted Widmer (2013)
Inside the Red Border, from Time Magazine, edited by Howard Chua-Eon (2013)
The Day Kennedy Died, from the Editors of Life (2013)
• READINGS AND PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES
Reading, The Writer's Voice Presents Hard Times: An Evening of Readings by Spy Writers, with Ann Hodgeman, Roy Blount Jr. and others, March 14, 1991
Reading, The Writer's Voice Presents Looking Back with Terror: Readings by Humorists from SPY Magazine, with Kurt Andersen, Henry Alford, James Collins, Joe Queenan and others, March 19, 1992
Interviewer of Bart Freundlich, director of the film World Traveler at its premiere at the City University of New York Graduate Center, March 26, 2002.
Reading, with David Wallis, Eric Hedegaard and others, from Killed: Great Journalism Too Hot To Print, Barnes & Noble Astor Place, New York NY, July 2004
Judge, ASME Awards, 2007
Reading from The Coup, The Pleasantville Bookshop, Pleasantville NY, July 21, 2007
Reading from The Coup, Borders, Washington DC, July 24, 2007
Reading from The Coup, Barnes & Noble Astor Place, New York, August 14, 2007
Guest lecturer in Mass Media, Westchester Community College, Valhalla NY, September 21, 2007
Reading from The Coup, Robin's Bookstore, Philadelphia, November 3, 2007; introduction by Duane Swierczynski
Reading from The Coup, sponsored by BriCA (The Briarcliff Committee for the Arts), at the Mansion at Rosecliff in Briarcliff Manor NY, with a reading by Ben Cheever fromStrides, and performances by Steven Santiago, Uly Millan and the Lubin Singers, April 13, 2008 .
Keynote Speaker, The 2008 Marymount Manhattan Writers' Conference, June 5, 2008
Humor Panel Participant, The 2009 Marymount Writers' C0nference, June 4, 2009, with Bruce Jay Friedman, Patty Marx, Ben Cheever and Tony Hendra
Adjunct Faculty, How to Write for Magazines, Marymount Manhattan College, Spring 2009
Adjunct Faculty, Writing in a New Environment, Marymount Manhattan College, Spring 2010
Editors' Panel Participant, The 2010 Marymount Writers' C0nference, June 3, 2010
Moderator, Panel, The Kings and Queens of Suspense, featuring Mary Higgins Clark, Carol Higgins Clark, Lawrence Block and Alan Furst, Hunter College, October 14, 2010
Moderator, Panel, Times Talks: Disunion, featuring Ken Burns, David Blight andAdam Goodheart, April 4, 2011. To listen to this talk, go to Ftp.nytimes.com, User name: 21promo. Password: promo21.
Blogosphere Panel Participant, The 2011 Hunter College Writers' C0nference, June 4, 2011, with Patty Marx and Jesse Kornbluth
Speaker, Briarcliff Manor Historical Society, January 8, 2012. Topic: Was the Civil War Inevitable?
Speaker, Civil War Forum of Metropolitan New York, February 15, 2011. Topic: The Monitor and the Merrimack
Speaker, The Group, Pleasantville NY, March 18, 2012. Topic: Was the Civil War Inevitable?
Speaker, Ossining Historical Society, June 2, 2012. Topic: Was the Civil War Inevitable?
American Society of Magazine Editors
Hudson Valley Writers' Center
Briarcliff Manor Council on the Arts
• BOOKS WHERE I’VE BEEN CITED
What Liberal Media?: The Truth About Bias and the News by Eric Alterman
Black Power, White Wealth: The Search for Power and Economic Justice, by Claud Anderson
Ecoterror: The Violent Agenda to Save Nature, by Ron Arnold
Quip City, by Howard Baldwin
Voyeur Nation: Media, Privacy, and Peering in Modern Culture, by Clay Calvert
Hollywood Films About Schools: Where Race, Politics and Education Intersect, by Ronald E. Chennault
The World's Best Celebrities, by Jonathan Harchick
The Popular Music Teaching Handbook, by B. Lee Cooper and Rebecca Condon
Popular Culture in American History (Blackwell Readers in American Social and Cultural History) by Jim Cullen
The Second-Person Standpoint: Morality, Respect, and Accountability by Stephen Darwall
The Pyrotechnic Insanitarium: American Culture on the Brink by Mark Dery
Matrix of Meanings: Finding God in Pop Culture, by Craig Detweiler and Barry Taylor
Film and Television After 9/11 by Wheeler Winston Dixon
Life: The Movie: How Entertainment Conquered Reality by Neal Gabler
Action Figures: Men, Action Films, and Contemporary Adventure Narratives by Mark Gallagher
The New Mainstream: How the Multicultural Consumer is Transforming American Business, by Guy Garcia
Mansion on the Hill by Fred Goodman
Pray Ball! The Spiritual Insights of a Jewish Sports Fan, by James Gordon
Forcing the Spring: The Transformation of the American Environmental Movement by Robert Gottlieb
Laughing Mad: The Black Comic Persona in Post-Soul America, by Bambi Haggins
Casanova Was A Book Lover, by John Maxwell Hamilton
Larry Clark, by Billy Hayden
Shadow President: Ted Kennedy in Opposition by Burton Hersh
A Roomful of Mirrors: High School Reunions in Middle America, by Keiko Ikeda
In Search of the Black Fantastic: Politics and Popular Culture in the Post Civil Rights Era, by Richard Iton
Rap Music and Street Consciousness (Music in American Life) by Cheryl L. Keyes
Walking a Literary Labyrinth, by Nancy M. Malone
Jack's Life: A Biography of Jack Nicholson by Patrick McGilligan
The Thinker's Thesaurus, by Peter E. Meltzer
History and September 11th, by Joanne Meyerowitz
Tuned Out: Why Americans Under 40 Don't Follow the News by David T. Z. Mindich
Vamps & Tramps: New Essays by Camille Paglia
Bad: Infamy, Darkness, Evil, and Slime on Screen, by Murray Pomerance
Flight Maps: Adventures with Nature in Modern America by Jennifer Price
Madonnica: The Woman & The Icon From A To Z by Matthew Rettenmund
Environmental Management: Readings and Cases, by Michael V. Russo
Hollywood & War A Film Reader (In Focus--Routledge Film Readers) by J. David Slocum
Anglophilia: Deference, Devotion and Antebellum America, by Elisa Tamarkin
Understanding Disney: The Manufacture of Fantasy by Janet Wasko
Wes Craven: The Man and His Nightmares, by John Wooley
Representing: Hip Hop Culture and the Production of Black Cinema, by S. Craig Watkins
Theatre World 1994-1995, Vol. 51 (Theatre World) by John Willis
Theatre World, 1997-1998, Vol. 54 (Theatre World) by John Willis