Print edition. This book contains 250 anecdotes about comedians, including this one: Morris “Moe” Feinberg was the brother of Larry Fine, one of the Three Stooges. Mr. Feinberg went to a... More > nightclub in Atlantic City, where an entertainer recognized him and introduced him to the audience, talking about the Three Stooges and saying, “I see Larry’s brother, Moe Fine, a good friend and a fellow performer. Moe, would you stand up and take a bow?” Afterward, a woman came up and asked for Mr. Feinberg’s autograph. He explained that he was only a small-time performer and not famous, but the woman smiled and said, “You can’t fool me with that ‘brother’ stuff. You’re Larry, all right.” Mr. Feinberg signed the autograph, “With warm regards, Larry ‘Stooge’ Fine.”< Less
This is an easy-to-read retelling of William Shakespeare's classic romantic comedy "Much Ado About Nothing."
In it, Beatrice and Benedick engage in verbal battles each time they meet, and... More > yet they fall in love.< Less
Print edition. This book has 250 anecdotes and stories, including this one: Very often, an actor would have trouble with part of his role, whether it was speaking a line or performing some piece of... More > business, and he would go to theatrical director Tyrone Guthrie for help. Often, Mr. Guthrie would have the answer at hand, but if he did not, he would tell the actor, “Go home, think about it, come back, and astonish us in the morning.” Mr. Guthrie also uttered another characteristic quote whenever there were problems in the theater—he would tell the cast and crew, “Rise above.”< Less
Print edition. This book contains 250 anecdotes, including this one: Jockey Julie Krone was four-foot-eleven and weighed 100 pounds, and she worried that horse trainers would think that she... More > wasn’t strong enough to handle their horses. To solve that problem, she developed a very strong handshake. One horse trainer remembers, “This cute little girl … comes up to me and squeaks, ‘Hi! I’m Julie Krone! I’m a jockey!’ and takes my hand and brings me to my knees. Well, we let her ride, and she rides like a god.”< Less
Print edition. An excerpt: Honey Badger was careless in crossing the street one day and was almost hit by a taxi, but fortunately a man yelled, “LOOK OUT!” and grabbed her arm and pulled... More > her out of danger. The man was actor Ryan Gosling, who said to her, “Hey, girl,” and then recommended that she read Rebecca West’s books. Mr. Gosling told Honey that Ms. West had once said, “I myself have never been able to find out precisely what feminism is: I only know that people call me a feminist whenever I express sentiments that differentiate me from a door mat or a prostitute.” After talking with Mr. Gosling briefly, Honey thought, “When I look into your eyes, I see the revolution.” Actually, this did not happen to Honey, but she liked to think that it could happen to her someday.< Less
This is an easy-to-read retelling of William Shakespeare's "Macbeth."
CHAPTER 1: The Temptation of Macbeth
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In a deserted place above which thunder sounded and... More > lightning flashed, Three Witches were ending their meeting. Nearby, a battle raged, and soldiers and horses screamed and died.
“When shall we three meet again? Shall we meet in thunder and lightning, or in rain?” asked the First Witch.
“We shall meet again after the battle is over. The battle shall have its conquerors, and it shall have its conquered,” answered the Second Witch.
“The battle will end before the Sun sets,” said the Third Witch.
“In which place shall we meet?” asked the First Witch.
“We shall meet upon the heath,” answered the Second Witch.
“There we shall meet Macbeth,” said the Third Witch.
With the Witches were their familiars. Graymalkin was a malevolent spirit in the form of a gray cat, and Paddock was a malevolent spirit in the form of a toad. The familiars were growing restless.< Less
This is an easy-to-read retelling of William Shakespeare's romance "Pericles, Prince of Tyre." Pericles wanders the world, marries and has a daughter, loses both his wife and daughter, and... More > regains both in a happy ending.< Less
This book contains 250 good deeds, including these: 1) Dave Grohl, Nirvana drummer and Foo Fighters frontman, went to a Towers Record store and bought some music. The manager rang up his order and... More > began to give him a discount, but Mr. Grohl noticed and asked, “Whoa, dude, do you know who I am?” Of course, the manager did, and Mr. Grohl said, “Then you know I don’t need a discount. Give it to those guys.” The guys in line in back of him got the discount. 2) Redditor nuvistor wrote that “in my panhandling phase during a few months in 2008, I went to a Nob Hill and asked the manager if he had a sandwich that was about to expire or anything, and he gave me one, and told me he much, much preferred people ask him than take stuff; he can generally help them out.”< Less
Print edition. This book contains 250 anecdotes, including this one: Pro basketball referee Joe Gushue took his young son Michael to a game in Detroit. Unfortunately, the fans were not happy with the... More > referees, and so they threw pennies on the court. Mr. Gushue scooped up the pennies and gave them to his son, who said, “This town is bush. In New York they throw quarters.”< Less
Print edition. This book contains 250 anecdotes, including these: 1) Like other satirists, Mort Sahl is angry and he wants other people to be angry. (Certainly we have enough things to be angry... More > about, and getting angry about them may result in change.) He once advised, “You know what I want you to do? I want you to blow out the candles and curse the darkness.” Mr. Sahl was a good friend of jazz musician Paul Desmond, a sax player. Mr. Sahl once gave Mr. Desmond a cigarette lighter inscribed, “To the sound from the fury.” 2) Comedian Pat Henning once toured England, then many years and a toupee later, toured England again. The toupee did its job—theater managers told him that he was much funnier than his father had been.< Less