Award-winning journalist Richard Cohen, wrote this about his "third-person memoir": "I call this book a third-person memoir. It is about my closest friend, Nora Ephron, and the lives we lived together and how her life got to be bigger until, finally, she wrote her last work, the play, Lucky Guy, about a newspaper columnist dying of cancer while she herself was dying of cancer. I have interviewed many of her other friends - Mike Nichols, Tom Hanks, Steven Spielberg, Meryl Streep, Arianna Huffington.
"Nora the Magnificent!"
Autobiographical at its roots, reportorial, and expansive, Blindsided explores the effects of illness on raising three children and on his relationship with wife, Meredith Vieira. Cohen tackles the nature of denial and resilience, the ins and outs of the struggle for emotional health, and the redemptive effects of a loving family. And while dealing with illness is not the way he chose to live his life, it did choose him.
"Couldn't stop listening..."
In an extension of his New York Times best-selling book Blindsided, author Richard M. Cohen depicts one year in the lives of five individuals who are living with serious chronic illness and their families. These "citizens of sickness", as Cohen calls them, were selected for the diversity of their ages, races, socioeconomic positions, illness types, stages of wellness, and gender.
"'McCarthyism' May Soon Be Replaced by 'Trumpism'" is from the Ideas and Controversy section of The Washington Post. It was written by Richard Cohen and narrated by Sam Scholl.
And thus our 45th president is destined for a similar fate.
"Trump, like Nixon, Is Incapable of Change" is from the February 14, 2017 Opinion section of The Washington Post. It was written by Richard Cohen and narrated by Sam Scholl.
Rich Cohen enters the Stones epic as a young journalist on the road with the band and quickly falls under their sway - privy to the jokes, the camaraderie, the bitchiness, the hard living. Inspired by a lifelong appreciation of the music that borders on obsession, Cohen's chronicle of the band is informed by the rigorous views of a kid who grew up on the music and for whom the Stones will always be the greatest rock 'n' roll band of all time.
He is the winner who was supposed to lose. He is the bully in the fourth grade who never meets his match. He is the liar whose lies somehow don’t matter. He is the braggart who is never humbled. He refutes what Johnny Tremain was told and every child once instructed: “Pride goeth before a fall.” No, with Trump pride goeth before everything.
The Economist, a fine British newsmagazine, is rarely wrong, but it was recently in strongly suggesting that the casual disregard for truth that is the very soul of Donald Trump’s campaign is something new under the sun. The technology - tweets and such - certainly is, but his cascade of immense lies certainly is not. I’d like to familiarize the Economist with Adolf Hitler.
This column is for Bernard Gibson, a good man from the state of Indiana. Late last month, NPR went out to Vigo County there to explain why it flipped from voting for Barack Obama in 2012 to Donald Trump in 2016. Gibson was one of those interviewed, and here is what he said: “These are real people here."
Donald Trump is a one-man basket of deplorables. He is a braggart and a liar. He is a bully and a demagogue. He is an ignoramus and a deadbeat, a chiseler and either a sincere racist or an insincere one, and his love for himself is matched only by my loathing of him. He is about to be president of the United States. A constitutional coup may be in the offing.
"How to Remove Trump From Office" is from the January 09, 2017 Opinion section of The Washington Post. It was written by Richard Cohen and narrated by Sam Scholl.
The New York Times’ David Sanger had an interesting observation in a recent article on Vladimir Putin’s bizarre foreign policy. Russia, Sanger wrote, is a “declining economy with the gross domestic product of Italy.”
In April of 1937, the war planes of Nazi Germany and fascist Italy chose a market day to bomb a Basque town, one of the first times a civilian population was deliberately targeted. Pablo Picasso, a native of Spain, quickly reacted by depicting the horror in his famous mural named for the town, “Guernica.” It was finished by June. If he were alive today, he might want to paint one called “Aleppo.” It should be mounted outside the White House.
"Pining for Obama, Already" is from the July 18, 2016 Opinion section of The Washington Post. It was written by Richard Cohen and narrated by Jenny Hoops.
"Brexit, Syria and Chaos in Our Interconnected World" is from the July 04, 2016, Opinion section of The Washington Post. It was written by Richard Cohen and narrated by Sam Scholl.
"The Unbearably Brilliant 'Son of Saul' Is a Cinematic Breakthrough" is from the Ideas and Controversy section of The Washington Post. It was written by Richard Cohen and narrated by Sam Scholl.
"In Defense of Tipping" is from the October 21, 2015 Ideas and Controversy section of The Washington Post. It was written by Richard Cohen and narrated by Sam Scholl.
"The High Cost of Avoiding War in Syria" is from the October 07, 2015 Ideas and Controversy section of The Washington Post. It was written by Richard Cohen and narrated by Sam Scholl.
Tonight on the program, Al Hunt interviews Senator Bernie Sanders.
Next, a discussion about the 2016 Summer Olympics with guest host Jeff Glor; Richard Deitsch, senior editor at Sports Illustrated; and Jules Boykoff, author of “Power Games: A Political History of the Olympics.”
We conclude with Rich Cohen, whose new book is called "The Sun & The Moon & The Rolling Stones."