By Geoffrey Wolff
With those interwoven autobiographical essays, Geoffrey Wolff, writer of the acclaimed The Duke of Deception, recounts the ethical (and immoral) schooling of a author, pal, husband, and father, as he bargains his lively, stylish, and deeply felt observations on a unprecedented lifestyles: from wildly dysfunctional formative years Christmases to a concupiscent occupation instructing literature in Istanbul; from a victory over the chaos of drink to a life-affirming hand over to the majesty of the Matterhorn; and from a foundering friendship to the transcending love of family.
He stocks with us, then, the knowledge of an alert guy studying throughout the unsettling collisions of time, position, and native customized, and during the strength of problem and chance, to deliver his many disparate selves jointly -- with amazing high-stakes candor and brilliant literary agility.
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What Else Have I Got to Do for the Next Six Weeks? 18. "On Your Marks, Get Set. " 19. Aftermath 20. The Quest for Moolah -- Part II 21. The First Picture Show 22. Birth of a Salesman 23. La-La-Land 24. Beware the Spores 25. Playing Kick the Cannes 26. The Downside of the Upside 27. Working in the Industry 28. The First "Hollywood" Film 29. Back to Basics 30. Go West, Young Man 31. Ca$hing in on the Cult 32. The Dark Side of Ambition 33. Second Time is the Charm 34. A Fly on the Darkman Wall 35.
I'd never seen Dad sweat so much as during that twelve-hour period. With script in hand, he circled our back deck, mumbling Luther Billis's many lines repeatedly. Fortunately for Charlie, Ed was granted a release for that Saturday show, but we weren't out of the woods yet. Since the summer shows were all mounted at the outdoor theater, weather was a huge factor. Michigan is prone to summer thunderstorms and a big one was forecast for that night. If Saturday got rained out, Ed would remain in jail, a rain performance would be mounted that Sunday evening, and Charlie would get the nod.
What's the problem, Mom? " In the late sixties, war films like Kelly's Heroes, The Devil's Brigade and The Dirty Dozen seemed to be everywhere. Our favorite TV show, Combat, only encouraged this preoccupation with war, and Vic Morrow soon became my first favorite actor. He was the embodiment of laid-back cool and I loved how his cigarettes bounced on the edge of his mouth when he talked. Years later, I worked with Michael Caffey, who had directed several Combat episodes. Instead of asking him for motivation, all I cared to know was who could kick whose ass -- Vic Morrow or his commanding officer, Rick Jason?
A Day at the Beach: Recollections by Geoffrey Wolff