Los Angeles Times, January 7, 1990
To some, the rebel–the tortured poet–has been enshrined as a god, a modern-day Dionysus. (Recall that the Greek god of revelry and wine was capable of unleashing a terrible fury when he was denied. Recall, too, that he was dismembered–and later resurrected.)
Whatever he was, Morrison may have had an inkling of what was to come when he wrote: “Did you have a good world when you died? Enough to base a movie on?”
Los Angeles Times, March 10, 1991
Since his death in 1971 at age 27, Jim Morrison has come to signify the glory and the decadence of the ’60s saga of sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll. But beyond the hedonism and beyond the music, the Doors’ lead singer had another side. Morrison wanted to be a poet–not just the writer of many of the song lyrics that were a Doors signature, but of serious verse.
Emmy, No. 3, 2012
She likes going out to restaurants. Cooking, not so much. But guests of Brooke Johnson, president of the Food Network and its 2010 spinoff, the Cooking Channel, don’t go home hungry – or disappointed. Her go-to dish is a pork tenderloin – with a white-wine reduction sauce of butter, mustard and shallots. “It always tastes good,” she says, “and it’s sort of fancy-schmancy, so I know at least I won’t embarrass myself.” Outside the kitchen, her accomplishments need no garnish. Under Johnson, the Food Network brand has become as ubiquitous as wine in a Julia Child recipe.
AMI Books, Inc. (2004)
Born into rock ‘n’ roll royalty, Lisa Marie Presley has spent her entire life in the spotlight. After seeking shelter in doomed marriages to Michael Jackson and Nicolas Cage, she has finally embraced Elvis Presley’s legacy and launched a career as a pop singer. This book — from the pages of “The National Enquirer” — reveals the truth about Lisa’s triumphs and struggles and her constant battle to step from The King’s enormous shadow.
BookPage, March 2007
A woman who played a commanding role in one of history’s darkest chapters, Leni Riefenstahl—Hitler’s favorite filmmaker—went on to deftly rewrite her own history. But lies have a way of catching up with liars. In a pair of new biographies, Riefenstahl, perhaps the single most controversial filmmaker who ever lived, has been found out.