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Working with Williams and Winters

By Melanie Chartoff

August 13, 2014 | 1:21 pm

Robin Williams and Jonathan Winters. Image credit Getty Images

Shocked to learn he's gone, but, sad to say, I'm amazed Robin Williams lasted this long. Maybe he missed his late mentor, Jonathan Winters, who carved a permissive path for him, first... read on

  • Monuments Men Adjacent, “The Roses Underneath” by C.F. Yetmen

    By Melanie Chartoff

    February 10, 2014 | 9:00 am

    In "The Roses Underneath," a confident first novel by C.F. Yetmen, the details of one German female's wily life skills are forefront against the backdrop of the Allies cataloguing fine art stolen, sold and hidden during the Holocaust.

    Anna struggles to salvage a life for herself... read on

  • Henry Ford: Industrial Strength Anti-Semite

    By Melanie Chartoff

    November 25, 2013 | 9:29 am

    Curse that Michael Rose. Small talk is impossible for this man of infectious interests and achievements.  Prior conversations left me enchanted with his remarkable pictorial "Elvis" book, Elvis: A Moment in Time, Four days in ’56 , salivating for his American Diner stories with his... read on

  • “Fridays” Finally Freed to DVD by Fan Richard Foos

    By Melanie Chartoff

    October 10, 2013 | 10:08 am

    Once upon a time, some iconoclastic comic actors and wildly original writers were assembled to copy a hit TV show's style, and despite format limits, managed to distinguish themselves in bleeding edge ways. Staggering under the pressure of performing live with little network... read on

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  • Standups of the 70’s—Still Stars Today

    By Melanie Chartoff

    January 11, 2013 | 12:44 pm

    Not to be confused with, yet reminiscent of a current film by the same name (both feature lots of depressing nights in bars) Standup Guys: A Generation of Laughs by John DeBellis (on Amazon) is one of the most hilarious histories of any artistic era you'll ever read,  much funnier... read on

  • Chanukah hook-up at the Genius Bar

    By Melanie Chartoff

    December 11, 2012 | 4:24 pm

    My stench of desperation split the Red Sea of Apple addicts as, wild eyed, I made a beeline for the hallowed Bar of Geniuses. Stature decimated, starved for insight, prisoner of a cell phone I couldn't comprehend, I'd parked illegally, defying security in the bowels of the mall,... read on

  • Multi-function forms, friends, food

    By Melanie Chartoff

    October 19, 2011 | 1:55 pm

    As the world becomes shortage and space obsessed, I realize how ahead of the curve I’ve been in making myriad reuses of everything and everyone. Call me frugal/economical and/or exploitative/anal.

    I reuse big tissue boxes as snowshoes for a friend’s kids (kids become two-pronged... read on

  • The ‘Smell-Prejudiced’ Plumbers

    By Melanie Chartoff

    July 11, 2011 | 1:57 pm

    I come from the cutting edge county of New Haven, Connecticut. Sure, our area’s best known for patrician, classy old stuff like Yale University, the Shubert Theater, and historical Revolutionary War artifacts all over the place, but In terms of gossipy graffiti and verbal bullying,... read on

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