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Monday, February 17, 2014
SID CAESAR R.I.P.
I know he had a good long life and he passed last week, but I wanted to get a small tribute to Sid Caesar on this blog before I forgot, because he brought so much pleasure to me as a boy in his comic bits on YOUR SHOW OF SHOWS, the first great TV sketch comedy show. I loved everything he did with Imogene Coca, especially, but with all the cast members. And I always fell out of my chair laughing when he did his many made up versions of "foreign" languages. His writers get a lot of attention because they went on to their own fame: Carl Reiner, Mel Brooks (that's Mel up there on the beach with Sid), Woody Allen, et. al. But to keep it short and the focus just on him, here's a silent bit that shows what an amazing physical comic he was without help from anyone's words or presence:
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On July 26th I'll be reading from my new book, Another Way To Play: Poems 1960-2017, (Joy Ladin, Aimee Nezhukumatathil, and Roberto Harrison will be reading from their new books as well) at 7PM at Poets House, 10 River Terrace NYC
On Saturday, August 11th, I'll be taking part in a charity event in East Hampton, where for one hundred dollars you can receive free books and have them signed by me and the more-famous-than-me authors taking part
On September 21st, I'll be reading alone from ANOTHER WAY TO PLAY at The Bookstore in Lenox MA in The Berkshires.
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ANOTHER WAY TO PLAY
THE VILLAGE SONNETS
IT TAKES ONE TO KNOW ONE
IT'S NOT NOSTALGIA
2000 American Book Award winner
MARCH 18, 2003
WHAT YOU FIND THERE
CANT BE WRONG
1997 PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Award "for Excellence in Literature"
ROCKY DIES YELLOW
CATCH MY BREATH
recordings of my reading from some of the books above