Cool calm & contentious essays

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The Antick Musings of G.B.H. Hornswoggler, Gent.: Cool, Calm, and Contentious by Merrill Markoe

First lauded as the original head writer of Late Night With David Letterman , a position she held for six years, Merrill Markoe was the only female head writer on late-night television in an era that mostly relegated women offscreen to secretarial work, and onscreen, to giggling and jiggling. Since departing Late Night , Markoe has written for myriad television shows and films with varying degrees of commercial success. Markoe recently spoke to The A. Club about narcissists, her mother, and buying machetes in bulk from Costco. The A. Merrill Markoe: Well, I think there has been a kind of shift in me, partly because since I last put out a book of essays, I published four novels.
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Cool, Calm & Contentious

Jan 05, Lisa rated it liked it. And the positive feedback I got from readers contentiou very gratifying. A few duds "Saturday Night with Hieronymous Bosch" and all the dog onesbut that's to be expected in an essay collection. I also get her mixed responses to an all-lady whitewater rafting trip, with an emphasis on "female bonding.

It also made me want to avoid marriage and having children. That she would not have approved of me doing this remains a little sad and unnerving. I remember what you wrote about your mother. She was pretty critical when you showed her your first scripts.

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Feb 13, Rebecca Burke rated it really liked it. I did enjoy her stories about her mother's narcissism Overall, "But Enough About Me," with her narcissistic mother making an appearance again. The first essay, kind of meh about this one, they offered to send me videos of her segm. Because I had no idea who she was when they mentioned her to me. They can chat.

The theme of the book, she said, may be being with crazy people in crazy situations. In fact, many of the essays are not only crazy-funny, but crazy-heartbreaking. Markoe, who grew up in Miami and San Francisco and intended to be a painter, writes about the narcissistic mother who belittled her work and a sexual attack when she was a year-old art school student at the University of California, Berkeley, in the s. And while she has been discreet about her relationship with Mr. Letterman, declining interviews when he was blackmailed for having an affair with a staff member a couple of years ago, she has a good deal to say about a fellow who sounds a lot like him here, although she calls the man in question Bobby.


And that the female intern in question seemed to be the same one who was now at the center of this whole brouhaha. Average rating 3. MM: I wrestled with all of it, big-time. Aclm to Book Page.

At some point I decided that, there was no way I could eliminate all future screw-ups, I am in b. What formerly sacrosanct personal milestone will be up for sale next. Cokl Square in Venice "in terrible taste". And if I am wrong and there is an afterlife after all and I have to move back in with my mother again when I d.

The essays about assholes, which many therapists have taught me is a bad idea, and David Letterman were entertaining. The folks who repeatedly figured out how to succeed in a big way on their own unique terms. Watching her unhappiness as I grew up xalm me conclude that the answer was to try and be as unemotional as I could. My thinking about this went through phases.

Over and over, Markoe shows us without telling us that intimacy requires vulnerability. Merrill Markoe is one of those people on my go-to list for the fictional perfect dinner party. We insist. Last last chapter is a Happy Holidays to everyone who is a dog lover.


  1. Seymour P. says:

    "In this hilarious collection of personal essays, New York Times bestselling author Merrill Markoe reveals, among other things, the secret formula for comedy: Start out with a difficult mother, develop.

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