Was This Man a Genius?: Talks with Andy Kaufman

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Simon and Schuster, Jun 16, 2009 - Biography & Autobiography - 224 pages
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Andy Kaufman defied explanation. Between 1978 and 1979, acclaimed novelist and New Yorker short story writer Julie Hecht attempted to arrange an interview with him, hoping to discover how he came to do what he did. The one-hour interview turned into innumerable surreal meetings and phone conversations with her subject; but she couldn't always tell when his act was on. Whether driving recklessly on icy roads or drawing the author unawares into his schemes and Dada-esque pranks on unsuspecting waiters and college students, Andy Kaufman never seemed to separate himself from his stage personality -- or personalities. Was This Man a Genius? is the culmination of a series of bizarre, frequently hilarious meetings. In describing them, Hecht, herself a master of wit and observation, illuminates the enigma of Andy Kaufman's work and life.
 

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Andy Kaufman was a very interesting & funny guy. Even though he said that he was not a comedian & he never told a joke in his life. But what I feel Andy was a comedian that never needed to tell any jokes to be funny. He was just naturlly funny. I really really love this man. Read full review

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Between 1978 and 1979, short story writer Hecht (Do the Windows Open?) conducted informal and often exasperating interviews with Andy Kaufman, the "comedian" he hated the term, much preferring "song ... Read full review

Contents

Section 1
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Section 2
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Section 3
14
Section 4
22
Section 5
24
Section 6
30
Section 7
34
Section 8
38
Section 12
62
Section 13
73
Section 14
105
Section 15
132
Section 16
149
Section 17
151
Section 18
161
Section 19
171

Section 9
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Section 10
48
Section 11
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Section 20
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About the author (2009)

Julie Hecht is the author of Do the Windows Open?, Was This Man a Genius?: Talks with Andy Kaufman, and The Unprofessionals. Her stories have been published in The New Yorker and Harper's. She has won an O. Henry Prize and received a Guggenheim Fellowship. She lives on the east end of Long Island in winter and in Massachusetts in summer and fall. She has been writing stories since she was eight years old.

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