Life isn't everything : Mike Nichols, as remembered by 150 of his closest friends / Ash Carter and Sam Kashner.

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    • Publication Information:
      First edition.
    • Abstract:
      Summary: "An up-close and personal portrait of legendary filmmaker, theater director, and comedian Mike Nichols, drawing on candid conversations with his closest friends in show business and the arts-from Dustin Hoffman and Meryl Streep to Natalie Portman and Lorne Michaels"-- Provided by publisher.
    • Content Notes:
      Introduction: The Burton stakes -- Dybbuks and golems -- To sell another drink -- Premise envy -- Don't act it funny -- It all started in the alley -- The Citizen Kane of disaffected youth -- Icarus was falling -- We must work together -- No new worlds to conquer -- Can I get a wild take? -- Caviar for the general -- A means to egress -- Like church, but a fun church -- Making friends with death -- Coda: That guru thing.
    • Notes:
      Includes index.
    • Other Titles:
      Life is not everything. Mike Nichols, as remembered by 150 of his closest friends.
    • ISBN:
      9781250112873
      1250112877
    • Accession Number:
      2019031319
    • Accession Number:
      on1114282487
      1114282487
    • Accession Number:
      fay.680586
  • Citations
    • ABNT:
      CARTER, A. (Editor); KASHNER, S. Life isn’t everything : Mike Nichols, as remembered by 150 of his closest friends. First edition. [s. l.]: Henry Holt and Company, 2019. ISBN 9781250112873. Disponível em: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.680586. Acesso em: 20 out. 2020.
    • AMA:
      Carter A (Editor), Kashner S. Life Isn’t Everything : Mike Nichols, as Remembered by 150 of His Closest Friends. First edition. Henry Holt and Company; 2019. Accessed October 20, 2020. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.680586
    • APA:
      Carter, A. (Editor), & Kashner, S. (2019). Life isn’t everything : Mike Nichols, as remembered by 150 of his closest friends (First edition.). Henry Holt and Company.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Carter, Ash (Editor), and Sam Kashner. 2019. Life Isn’t Everything : Mike Nichols, as Remembered by 150 of His Closest Friends. First edition. Henry Holt and Company. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.680586.
    • Harvard:
      Carter, A. (Editor) and Kashner, S. (2019) Life isn’t everything : Mike Nichols, as remembered by 150 of his closest friends. First edition. Henry Holt and Company. Available at: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.680586 (Accessed: 20 October 2020).
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Carter, A (Editor) & Kashner, S 2019, Life isn’t everything : Mike Nichols, as remembered by 150 of his closest friends, First edition., Henry Holt and Company, viewed 20 October 2020, .
    • MLA:
      Carter, Ash (Editor), and Sam Kashner. Life Isn’t Everything : Mike Nichols, as Remembered by 150 of His Closest Friends. First edition., Henry Holt and Company, 2019. EBSCOhost, search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.680586.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Carter, Ash (Editor), and Sam Kashner. Life Isn’t Everything : Mike Nichols, as Remembered by 150 of His Closest Friends. First edition. Henry Holt and Company, 2019. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.680586.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Carter A (Editor), Kashner S. Life isn’t everything : Mike Nichols, as remembered by 150 of his closest friends [Internet]. First edition. Henry Holt and Company; 2019 [cited 2020 Oct 20]. Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.680586

Reviews

Booklist Reviews 2019 October #2

*Starred Review* Legendary director Mike Nichols (1931–2014) refused to write his memoirs, but this scintillating oral history fills the gap splendidly, with wry and heartfelt commentary by 150 of his closest friends, from Richard Burton, Elizabeth Taylor, and Meryl Streep through Candice Bergen and Christine Baranski, all of whom cherished their professional and personal relationships with a man who seemingly impressed everyone he met as being the smartest and most charming person in the room. Authors Carter and Kashner skillfully arrange the commentary in a roughly chronological manner that follows the Berlin-born Nichols from escaping the Nazis in 1939 through a career that encompassed success as a comedian, first with the Compass Players in Chicago (the predecessor to Second City) and then on Broadway with Elaine May, and finally to directing: his first three Broadway plays, beginning with Barefoot in the Park, all won him Tony Awards for Best Director, and his film career was launched in equally spectacular fashion, with Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and The Graduate. We learn much here about the making of all those hits and many others, including the landmark HBO production of Angels in America, but what comes through most forcefully is Nichols' ability to get the most out of his actors. And, of course, his unparalleled ability to tell a story, punctuated always by self-deprecating wit (Tomorrow I am directing my first film, with Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor, he said to the great Billy Wilder. What should I wear?). An exquisite oral history that will leave readers convinced that they, too, were among Nichols' closest friends. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

LJ Reviews 2019 October

This is the first portrait of director Mike Nichols (1931–2014) to be published since his death, and it's a marvelous oral biography with recollections from actors, filmmakers, and friends. The breadth of Nichols's career in comedy, theater, and film is staggering, so Carter (senior editor, Esquire) and Kashner (contributing editor, Vanity Fair; When I Was Cool: My Life at the Jack Kerouac School) have wisely focused on key periods, such as Nichols's early days with comedian and actor Elaine May, films ranging from Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and Silkwood to Working Girl and Angels in America, and the stage productions of Barefoot in the Park and Spamalot, among many others. As the thoughts recorded here are clearly from close friends, such as Meryl Streep, Wallace Shawn, Buck Henry, and Tony Walton, there is nary a negative word to be found. Yet many stories of Nichols's personal life, his midcareer depression, and his internal struggles as an artist provide a well-rounded sense of a man who excelled in his field and was truly loved by those around him. VERDICT A wonderful biography of a unique and memorable man, and a worthy addition to all libraries. [See Prepub Alert, 5/5/19.]—Peter Thornell, Hingham P.L., MA

Copyright 2019 Library Journal.