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Book review: Sally Field was a victim of Hollywood’s casting couch long before Weinstein….

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Oct 7, 2018

Somewhere in the middle of this revelatory and emotionally powerful memoir by Sally Field, she unpacks a story that is a case study in what Hollywood’s casting couch was like, even for an actress who had already starred in two network series—Gidget and The Flying Nun. Field’s career was in a lull after those two shows so […]

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Latest book review: “Small Fry” by Lisa Brennan-Jobs….

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Sep 24, 2018

After reading this memoir about life with her famous father Steve Jobs, one comes away feeling that author Lisa Brennan-Jobs must be the most even-tempered woman on earth. That’s what a bastard Jobs is, and that word does not begin to describe him. But Brennan-Jobs is nothing if not understanding. Even in the title, she […]

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In Lisbon, remembering those who came before….

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Jul 23, 2018

Recently, I visited Lisbon and as I was walking through one of the oldest parts of town–a neighborhood called the Mouraria–I spotted plaques attached to the walls of the ancient buildings that featured senior residents of the block. The plaques are brilliant–stylized photographs designed to remember longtime residents who were there before the shops and […]

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Book Review: “Reporter” by Seymour M. Hersh

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Jun 5, 2018

[Note: A few years back, Ted Sturtz, a former investment banker and lover of books, was dismayed by all the newspapers dropping their book review sections. Feeling there was a place online for thoughtful book reviews, he created the website New York Journal of Books and somewhere along the line asked me to participate which […]

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Who is this other Paul La Rosa anyway?

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May 17, 2018

I know you Google yourself because, let’s face it, everyone does. (Here’s the other guy above and me to the right in case you were having trouble telling us apart.) I hadn’t Googled myself in a while and, when I did recently, I noticed this other Paul La Rosa horning in on my search results. […]

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The island of New York’s unclaimed dead….

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Jan 21, 2017

Back in the 1980’s, when I was a young reporter at the New York Daily News, an excited fisherman called the city desk one day to report on a mysterious island he’d come across up near the Bronx. There was no one living on the island, the man said. All he could see were wooden […]

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