Friday, February 27, 2009

Actress Dorie Barton Reads "Masters of Sex", Unabridged Version of Masters and Johnson Biography Now On Sale

The new downloadable audiobook version of "Masters of Sex: The Life and Times of William Masters and Virginia Johnson, The Couple Who Taught America How to Love," is now on sale. You can hear a sample of CHAPTER ONE, by going to this site and clicking on the player.

The book is read by Dorie Barton, whose voice very much captures the spirit of this book. As Barton's website says about her: " Dorie has been seen in myriad television shows, as both a series regular, in "Stark Raving Mad" with Tony Shaloub and Neil Patrick Harris, and recurring roles in "I'm With Her", "The In-Laws", etc., as well as many memorable guest-starring parts in shows including "CSI, and "Angel". She has starred in several television films, her most prominent being her work as the young Martha Stewart, in NBC's biopic, "Martha, Inc.". Film work has ranged from independent films, to some of the Hollywood's biggest hits such as "Meet the Fokkers", and "Down With Love", etc."

Saturday, February 21, 2009

"Masters of Sex: The Life and Times of William Masters and Virginia Johnson, The Couple Who Taught America How To Love", Basic Books, On Sale April 27

In "Masters of Sex", critically acclaimed biographer Thomas Maier offers an unprecedented look at Masters and Johnson, their pioneering studies of intimacy, and their lasting impact on the love lives of today's men and women.
Masters and Johnson began their secret studies in a small Midwest laboratory working with prostitutes and volunteers who performed more than 10,000 sexual acts in the name of science. They soon became the top experts on sex for more than 40 years, explaining the untold mysteries of orgasm, emotional fulfillment, and sexual dysfunction to millions of Americans. Thousands of patients relied on their highly successful sex therapy, from politicians and Hollywood stars with marital problems to gay men and women seeking "conversion" to heterosexuality. Masters and Johnson were America's ideal couple, but they divorced after 20 years amid a clash of ambitions, betrayal, and jealousies.
Theirs is a classic tale of love, work, and fame against the backdrop of an American sexual revolution which they inspired. Weaving interviews with the notoriously private William Masters and the ambitious Virginia Johnson, who championed the power of female sexuality during her own quest for true love, Maier offers a titillating portrait of the legendary team.
Entertaining, revealing, and beautifully told, the groundbreaking Masters of Sex sheds light on the eternal mysteries of desire, intimacy, and the American psyche.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Ted Kennedy: The Boston Globe Series and Staff Bio

The Boston Globe is running a series about Ted Kennedy excerpted from a new biography that is coming out, written by several of its staff members. Many of these details can be found in "The Kennedys: America's Emerald Kings."

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

1982 Tylenol murders: the 'cold' trail may suddenly be warm

Back in 1982, after only a few months at the Chicago Sun-Times, I covered the Tylenol murder case and became part of the media frenzy around that gruesome, sensational case. The recent reports that the police may be looking at an old suspect made me realize how long it's been since that story.

Monday, February 2, 2009

Si Newhouse - Admirable in a Strange, Roundabout Way

David Carr's piece in today's Times about the troubles at Conde Nast underlines just how much things have changed for Si Newhouse & Co. since my 1994 biography 'Newhouse', during the hey-day of the Newhouse empire and its cultural impact on New York and the rest of the country. It's sort of a shame, especially for those who once revelled in his largesse.
Back when my bio came out no one wanted to talk about Si Newhouse, then the true King of All Media, whose ownership of The New Yorker, Vanity Fair and especially Random House, the giant book publisher, made him off-limits for most writers in New York who were earning handsome checks from him. I, of course, became persona non grata with the Conde Nasties.
But I must say, I'm sorry for Si Newhouse on a personal level. When his dynamo father and namesake, Sam Newhouse, shuffled him off to Conde Nast, not many were expecting big things from Si. But over time, he showed a kind of ambition that would prove to be admirable in the re-creation of Vanity Fair. Regardless of its Hollywood obsessions and occasional excesses, it remains -- thanks to Tina Brown and then Graydon Carter -- one of the most remarkable magazines of our times. It still reminds me of the old Ed Sullivan Show, featuring each month the best acts it can find for a wide and devoted audience. And despite the horrible mishandling of the New Yorker in the late 1980s, David Remnick has proven to be an extraordinary editor who has attracted the best journalists.
At the heart of these successes has been Si Newhouse. Some of his personal decisions have been more than questionable -- notably the relationship of Roy Cohn and his involvement with Advance Publications while also an attorney for the mob. But in the final analysis, Si Newhouse, at age 80, exceeded all the expectations of his one-time doubters.