LB: Goodbye to the Stage Deli

35 years ago I had lunch there with Rocky Graziano and we talked about a project based on his boxing career. 25 years ago I had lunch there with a couple of elite investigators for the Manhattan D.A.’s office and we talked about a project based on their crook-collaring careers. Before, in-between, and after, I had several interesting sit-downs with Norman Mailer, when he told me all about how to run my career.

The Stage Deli, in Manhattan, was without a doubt the best delicatessen in which I’ve ever eaten. It closed down last month, though, on November 29th. As one of the co-owners, Paul Zolenge, is reported by the New York Times to have said, “It’s a sad day for New York.”

Why did a New York showbiz legend shutter after 75 years? “Mr. Zolenge cited the cost of doing business in New York…The rent had gone up several times in recent years…[and the owners] were expecting another increase. ‘We just couldn’t afford to keep it going anymore.'”

A moment of silence, please, for a place where more pastrami sandwiches and TV ideas were hatched than even Nate ‘n’ Al’s.

Stage Deli, you’re missed.

In Their Own Writ Dept – 12/9/12

Two things I’ve learned so far about life and writing:

  1. It isn’t about the answers, but the questions. 
  2. It’s not what you ask, it’s how.

Larry Brody

LB: Oh, Man, Do I Ever WANT This!

Why I love Amazon.Com:

Why I hate Amazon.Com:


Maybe next year?

LB: Did You Know You Can Read Kindle Books w/o Having a Kindle?

Whoa, I just found out. (Thanks to my wonderful wife Gwen the Beautiful, who’d assumed I had the info all along.)

Get yer Kindle Cloud Reader here

Turns out that Amazon.Com has this Cloud Reader app that lets you read any Kindle purchase on your computer, just like a PDF!

Yeah, I know how that sounds. I’m trying too hard with the positive spin thing, right? But I really do think this is cool…and the Kindle edition of Television Writing from the Inside Out costs 1/3 less than the PDF version did. And 3/3 less today and tomorrow because today and tomorrow it’s FREE.

Get Your Free Copy of “Television Writing from the Inside Out”

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If you’re on the TVWriter™ e-newsletter mailing list, a copy of this important announcement (and several other announcements) should already be in your inbox. But if you aren’t on the list, here’s the Big Scoop:

A couple of weeks ago we announced the publication of the revised and updated Kindle version of the boss’ best-selling how-to-write book, Television Writing from the Inside Out. It’s a great book. We love it. And so have thousands of readers and reviewers over the past few years.

Because we value this book so highly, we want it to get into the hands and e-readers of as many people as possible, and in order to do that, LB has decided to make the Kindle version available for nothing – that’s right, absolutely free – today, December 5th, and tomorrow, December 6th. As the man himself told us:

“Today (the 5th) is my birthday, and I’m a big believer in birthday presents. But since I’ve already have a hell of a lot more birthdays than I expected, and received far more presents than I deserve, this year I’d like to do the gift-giving thing instead of gift-getting. So if you hurry to Amazon.Com before midnight on December 7th, your free Television Writing from the Inside Out book will be waiting.”

This offer is good for 2 days only, so we suggest you click HERE and take advantage of the best deal ever on the best television (and screen) writing book you’ll ever read!

Lest we forget: You’ll find several reviews of the Kindle version at the link above. If you want to get more opinions, check out what readers have said about the trade paperback HERE.

And if you love the Kindle version then you read it, please write a review of your own!

There ya have it. Now don’t just sit there, download your free e-book!