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Interview with Andrew Lee Fielding, author of “The Lucky Strike Papers”

In case you missed it, the Dec. 16 edition of TV Confidential is now available online on our archives page. Our guest that night was Andrew Lee Fielding, author of The Lucky Strike Papers: Journeys Through My Mother’s Television Past. Andrew’s mother, singer Sue Bennett, was a featured performer on Your Hit Parade, Kay Kyser’s College of Musical Knowledge and other early network musical variety shows. His book explores the pioneer days of live TV via the shows on which his mother sang.

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Every other Tuesday at 10:30pm ET, 7:30pm PT
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Interview with author Michael Seth Starr now available on Share-a-Vision Radio archives

In you case missed it, our recent interview with Michael Seth Starr, television columnist for The New York Post and author of “Hiding in Plain Sight: The Secret Life of Raymond Burr,” is now available on the archives page at Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org. Besides his excellent book on the life and career of Raymond Burr, Michael has also written biographies on Art Carney, Joey Bishop and Bobby Darin.

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Pop Culture Critic and Entertainment Journalist
Co-Host, Talking Television with Dave White
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Please tune in to our tribute to Dick Martin on Tuesday, July 29 beginning at 10:30pm ET, 7:30pm PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org.

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New Feature on Word Weavers

Any writer worth their salt knows that social networking sites like MySpace are a great way to meet fellow writers and hopefully some readers as well.

I am currently featured on MySpace’s Word Weavers for the week of 1/13/2008.

http://www.myspace.com/weaversofwords

D. H. Schleicher holds a background in Psychology and Criminal Justice from his undergraduate days at Elon University in North Carolina. Always a crafty storyteller as a child, Schleicher honed his skills in college where his studies fueled his ideas and helped him develop his characters. Schleicher took many chances early on by self-publishing three psychological thrillers over a course of two and half years after graduating college in 2002. His projects were unmitigated disasters, but provided him valuable lessons. Sometimes a writer must learn the hard way and must write a lot of garbage before finally writing something worthwhile that will connect with audiences.

That breakthrough came in late 2006 with the publication of The Thief Maker. Here Schleicher finally found his voice and delivered a dark, psychologically complex, intertwining tale of love, hate, and crime on the streets of Philadelphia and New York City. The Thief Maker has been earning rave reviews and accolades (including Honorable Mention in the Genre Fiction category in the upcoming Writer’s Digest 15th Annual International Self-Published Book Awards) over the course of the past year. Schleicher has employed a slow-burning grassroots marketing campaign built on the strong word of mouth from readers and critics and his always lively blog where he discusses films, books, current events, and shares his trials and tribulations with self-publishing and living the writer’s life.

http://davethenovelist.wordpress.com

The author finds endless inspiration from his love of films and books. He believes you learn to write well by reading as much of the classics as you can, but also by reading some of the bad writing (be it one’s own experiments from the past or current best-sellers that are less than stellar) to know what to avoid in one’s own writing. His favorite novelist is Graham Greene while his favorite film director is Stanley Kubrick. Schleicher is currently working on his next evolution as a novelist while residing in the suburbs of his favorite city and muse, Philadelphia.

The Thief Maker is on the shelves at Philadelphia and South Jersey area Barnes & Noble stores and available for purchase worldwide through Barnes & Noble and Amazon.com.

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Authors Herbie J Pilato, Sharon Kaye and Jennifer Weed on Share-a-Vision Radio

In case you missed it, the Dec. 18 edition of Talking Television with Dave White is now available on the archives page at Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org. This week, Frankie and I welcomed Herbie J Pilato, whose books include The Bionic Book and Life Story: The Book of Life Goes On (both of which are available through Bear Manor Media), Sharon Kaye, editor of Lost and Philosophy (Wiley-Blackwell, 2007), and Jennifer Weed, editor of 24 and Philosophy (Wiley-Blackwell, 2007).  Click on the link below to listen to the program:

http://www.talkingtelevision.com/HighSpeedArchives/archive121807pt2.mp3

Happy listening, and Happy Holidays.

Ed Robertson
Pop Culture Critic and Television Historian
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PhiLOSTophy: New book shows how life on the island can really get you thinking

Lost isn’t just fun to watch, it also makes you think, posing questions about life, love, survival, transformation, destiny and happenstance in virtually every episode. That’s the focus of Lost and Philosophy (Wiley-Blackwell, 2007), a collection of 21 thought-provoking yet reader-friendly essays that explore the many references to philosophy in the popular ABC series, which is scheduled to return for its fourth season in February 2008.

I recently spoke with the book’s editor, Sharon Kaye, associate professor of philosophy at John Carroll University in Cleveland, for The Wave Magazine. Click here to read the complete article, which appears as part of the magazine’s regular Spotlight feature.

Ed Robertson
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Authors recently featured on Share-a-Vision Radio

Lee Goldberg, Edgar Award-nominated mystery novelist, television producer and author of the Diagnosis Murder tie-in books
http://www.talkingtelevision.com/HighSpeedArchives/archive111306pt2.mp3

James Rosin, author of Route 66: The Television Series
http://www.talkingtelevision.com/HighSpeedArchives/archive101607pt2.mp3

Wes Britton, author of Spy Television
http://www.talkingtelevision.com/HighSpeedArchives/archive100207pt2.mp3
http://www.talkingtelevision.com/HighSpeedArchives/archive081407pt2.mp3

Marc Cushman, co-author of I Spy: A History and Episode Guide to the Grounbreaking Television Series
http://www.talkingtelevision.com/HighSpeedArchives/archive090407pt2.mp3

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Author shows how popular TV can inform as well as entertain

My friend Herbie J Pilato, whose book Bewitched Forever is one of the best in the genre, has two new books out this month: The Bionic Book: The Six Million Dollar Man and The Bionic Woman Reconstructed, a comprehensive behind-the-scenes history of those two iconic shows (just in time for the new Bionic Woman series on NBC) and Life Story: The Book of Life Goes On, an insightful look at Life Goes On, the first prime time network series to portray issues of adolescence, family values, diversity, prejudice, and physical and mental disabilities in a honest, realistic way. One of the things I love about Herbie’s work is that he takes the discussion of network television to a whole new level. Besides giving us a sense of the time in which shows like Bewitched and the Bionic shows were originally made, they also explore the various social issues that are reflected in these and other popular television shows.“The Bionic and Life Goes On books both expand upon the theme of my previous TV tomes: prejudice,” Herbie explains. “As Samantha was a witch in a mortal world, Steve Austin and Jaime Sommers felt isolated from society as well: they were half-human, half-machine. And Corky and Jesse on Life Goes On were also outside the ‘norm’ of society’s standards. Corky had Down syndrome and Jesse was first diagnosed as HIV-positive and then with full-blown AIDS.The TV themes thread that run through all of my books also have to do with strong family ties, a solid work ethic and true inner power, however we may name it: confidence, compassion, grace, joy and, of course, love. All of those things are stronger than Samantha’s twitch or any number of Steve and Jaime’s various special powers.”Television can inform as well as entertain. That’s not only the key message behind all of Herbie’s titles (his other books include

The Kung Fu Book of Caine), it’s also the focus of his TV and Self-Esteem Seminars, a lecture series he offers to schools, colleges and community and business organizations across the country. It’s a program that strives to bridge the gap between popular culture and academia. “Popular television programs,” says Herbie, “are an untapped resource for education – beyond PBS and The Learning Channel.” Shows like Bewitched, I Love Lucy, All in the Family, Star Trek, The Mary Tyler Moore Show and others can all “teach us to look beyond our differences and to concentrate on what makes us the same.”We talked to Herbie about his books, his seminars and much, much more on last week’s edition of Talking Television with Dave White. If you missed the conversation, click on the link and listen to the archive. You’ll never think of television quite the same again.

Ed Robertson
www.edrobertson.com

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