Happy birthday, Nelson Riddle

Nelson Riddle, 1958 Admit it: you know this song, right? It's iconic and will always be associated with Batman. Neal Hefti wrote the theme, as well as this one: But Hefti didn't do the heavy lifting of turning out music for these shows, week after week, episode after episode. An army of people like Allyn Ferguson, Sammie Nestico, and Lionel Newman soldiered on in the trenches. Nelson … [Read more...]

No, the economy is not like a baseball game, so let’s not cover them the same way

I’m reading Frank Deford’s 2012 memoir, Over Time: My Life as a Sportswriter. (Yes, it’s been on my reading list since it was published, and when it shows up as a Kindle Daily Deal for $1.99, that’s it. Oh, there’s Dyan Cannon’s Dear Cary: My Life with Cary Grant; better get that too, it’s only $0.99.)  Reading Deford reminds me of why I always wanted to write, and what’s wrong with business … [Read more...]

Art takes time

Robert Caro, 2012 I've caught Hamilton fever. Yes, like many others, I listen to the original cast album, over and over, and look forward to someday seeing the musical in person. The Hamilton soundtrack connects me to one of my other lifelong passions: biographies. Hamilton is based on Ron Chernow's biography of Hamilton, which inspired Lin-Manuel Miranda to write the show.  It's been on my … [Read more...]