Prime Times: Writers on Their Favorite TV Shows

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Douglas Bauer
Crown Publishers, 2004 - Performing Arts - 223 pages
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The literary mind and the boob tube are often thought to have little in common, but the two have been trysting in dimly lit rooms since television’s earliest days. To prove the point, Doug Bauer asked a number of the finest writers of our time to reveal their own forays into a medium that has been called everything from a vast wasteland to the electronic dream machine of the global village. The results are surprising, passionate, very personal, and often downright hilarious. From Nora Ephron on The Mary Tyler Moore Show to Nick Hornby on The West Wing, Susan Cheever on Father Knows Best to Henry Louis Gates Jr. on Amos ’n’ Andy, the full range of televised fare is captured—sitcoms and soaps, police dramas and reality TV, the very new and the very old, and the much criticized and denounced and the truly iconic and beloved.

Prime Times is an eclectic gathering of autobiography, memory, and blade-sharp observation, all bound by the common—and, after all, literary—experience of watching other people’s lives while trying to understand one’s own.

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Hoping to create a "social mosaic," editor Bauer gathered essayists and novelists and then unleashed them on the subject of TV's 50-plus years of popular culture. Of course, the results are ... Read full review

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DOUGLAS BAUER has written for Esquire, The New York Times Magazine, Harper’s, Playboy, and other national magazines. He is also the author of Prairie City, Iowa, a work of nonfiction, and three novels. He lives in Boston.

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