Posts from August 2009

And this comment from Victor Lownes currently in London

Posted by Carole Stuart on August 29, 2009 | (34) Comments

“Who says investing in theatre is foolish?  I just received, in this morning’s mail, a check representing a profit of 8320% in addition to my original investment in ‘Stomp’. If I had seen it before I put the money in, I would have turned it down cold.”

Being the astute investor that he is, Victor wrote a check. “I think its major appeal is to all the foreign visitors who don’t speak English well enough to enjoy a straight play. That’s one of the reasons that I grabbed a chance to invest in the new dance show now on in NY, ‘Burn the Floor’. Well, I think it will make some money.”

sex and the very married girl

Posted by Carole Stuart on August 28, 2009 | (34) Comments

sex and the very married girl

Helen Gurley Brown is in the news again. A biography, Bad Girls Go Everywhere, gives her the recognition she has earned as a truly liberated female.  In the days of the militant women’s movement, Helen had the nerve to go in the opposite direction.  As editor for Cosmopolitan, she was a girly girl and proud of it. How to meet, catch a man. How to be sexier, etc. It must have resonated with women because she stayed at the top of the heap for many years.

Her devoted husband, David Brown, no slouch himself, was co-producer of such films like, A Few Good Men, The Verdict, and Cocoon as well as the Broadway musical, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.  David also wrote all the cover lines for Cosmopolitan when Helen was its editor.

Lyle and I had the pleasure of publishing both David and Helen. David’s two books, The Rest of Your Life is the Best of Your Life and Brown’s Guide to the Good Life Without Tears, Fears or Boredom.  We also republished two of Helen’s, her best selling Sex and the Single Girl and Sex in the Office. (Check all four titles on our website).

I think of Helen and David as the nicest, easiest to work with authors.  They are both pros—will go anywhere to sign books.  And they have.  Helen went to Bookends, a terrific bookstore in Ridgewood NJ where all the top authors appear. Unfortunately, the evening of her signing was rainy and dismal.  But she was undaunted as was the crowd who came to hear her. She signed and sold a lot of books.  David was the same. He’d sit in a booth at a convention, pleasantly greeting people and signing books. 
When we published Brown’s Guide to the Good Life he had a signing at Barnes & Noble on 82nd Street and Broadway, set up by the events manager, Lou Pizzitola.  It was a great crowd and it soon became the “David and Helen Show” as Helen joined in from the audience bantering lovingly with David.

Helen’s concern was that Barricade not lose money on the books.  Not to worry, Helen, we did fine. 
My fondest feelings for David and Helen come from their thoughtfulness after Lyle died.  Lots of friends were calling and were very attentive.  They could have done the same. They went a step further, took me to dinner at Le Cirque and cheered me up. 
Their love for each other is an example of how relationships can work.


Posted by Carole Stuart on August 26, 2009 | (12) Comments


So why is everyone trying to discourage Khadafi from coming to Englewood, NJ when he’s in the US to attend the United Nations? It’s not like he has to stay at a hotel?  He doesn’t have to be an unwelcome houseguest either. He’s got his own digs, right on the East Palisade Avenue, the main street running right through the town.

“Stay Away” says Steve Rothman (Dem Representative to Congress from NJ) up in arms trying to please his heavily Jewish constituency who will be Khadfi’s neighbor.

Here’s the story. In 1982 an elegant mansion in elegant Englewood was put up for sale.  It was purchased by the Libyans as their consulate but they never moved in.
Over the years with nobody at home, the place became an old wreck. It’s situated almost directly across the street from the exclusive Dwight Englewood School (where my daughter, Jenni, had one of her unhappiest education experiences – but I digress and leave that story for another occasion).
The town has been losing very decent tax revenue since consulates are excluded from paying taxes (and paying for parking tickets and other revenues sources).

Now the story goes that Khadafi is going to pitch his porta-tent-on the property. Whether he brings his porta-potty is unclear but the gardeners are hastily trying to the put the place in order.  They may not have to be concerned because it appears he won’t step inside, having all his needs attended to in his tent.
I think the good neighbors should greet Khadfi with open arms (not the kind you pack in your pocket). He’s putting Englewood on the map like it hasn’t been since Brooke Shields graduated from the above school years ago.  There are lots of Mediterranean restaurants in the hood and if he doesn’t want to venture out, I’m sure It’s Greek to Me down the road will deliver.  If his tastes run to bagels, there’s a good bagel shop there too, also a good kosher deli. He should leave his camel in the garage since parking is scarce.

lately, it seems they are fixing up the house. Will he come? Will he stay? Will the neighbors greet him? Stay tuned.

Memories of Don Hewitt

Posted by Administrator on August 21, 2009 | (22) Comments

Don Hewitt, creator and first producer of “ 60 Minutes” died. His obit can be read in full in The New York Times and many other publcations.

In 1996 Barricade Books published “The Turner Diaries” a vile, racist, novel that the FBI said was the blueprint for the Oklahoma City bombing by Timothy McVeigh. We took a lot of heat for it and were denounced for putting this dreadful book into bookshops. Previously, it was only available via mail order and the author was” looking for a wider audience. As a fighter of censorship all his adult life and defender of the First Amendment, Lyle agreed to publish only if he could add an introduction to the trade edition. It condemned the book calling it bigoted but made it available to alert and warn America of the deep racism still rampant in the USA.

“60 Minutes” invited Lyle on the show to talk about the book.  Mike Wallace was smooth and friendly as they taped Lyle. I watched off camera with our little toy poodle in my lap. When the program aired, it surprised us to see William Pierce, the author and publisher of the original book taken apart by Wallace.  Lyle was merely a device that led them to Pierce.  Most of his interview had been edited out.  He was angry but when I suggested he write to the show he wisely commented, “You can never beat a reporter on his own turf.”

Years later Lyle and I were winding up a trip to Indonesia and were at the airport in Bali. Lyle heard a loud voice from across the departure area, “There’s Lyle Stuart!”  It was Don Hewitt and his wife, Marilyn Berger, on their way to Singapore for a few days before going on to set up an Australian version of “60 Minutes.”  Marilyn was then working for Long Island’s Newsday and was one of the 24 reporters who wrote a chapter for our best selling Naked Came the Stranger.  She later joined the New York Times.

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