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Author C.D.B. Bryan passed away in December of 2009 and left me, his son, 67 boxes full of books,.. photos and items I'm using to recount tales of his life and my own.

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  • 2016: Reading The Great Dethriffe 40 Years Later    Dad was a journalist even when writing his three books of fiction. P.S Wilkinson, The Great Dethriffe and Beautiful Women, Ugly Scenes were all thinly veiled accounts of his life, his relationships, his thoughts and feelings about the t...
  • 1954: Uncle Saint reporting from Fire Island?    My cousin Katharine and I have every reason to believe the young barefoot reporter seen in this 1954 NBC news footage is our Uncle Saint. The footage is for a story about New Yorker theatre critic Wolcott Gibbs and his weekly summer new...
  • Witty Dotty  These are photographs of Dorothy Parker and her canine companions that my Grandpa Joe took a year before she died at the age of 73. I found them inside the cover of Sunset Gun, a collection of verses she wrote in 1928.   No Dorothy P...
  • Robin Williams
    on Aug 15, 2014 in Robin Williams
    I had the pleasure of interviewing Robin Williams several times on movie junkets and shared one of those rare couple of minutes when cameras aren't ready to roll. We talked about my son's imminent birth. Robin leaned in, that famous face widening in...
  • The Bryan Boys
    on Aug 11, 2014
    Upon the death of J. St. George Bryan, 66, in June, 1945 the Bryan-owned Richmond New Leader ran this editorial:Sharply etched as was ST GEORGE BRYAN in personality, he seldom thought of himself, so far as we observed, otherwise than as a member of a...
  • Stashed Between The Pages    I am still finding letters and photos sealed between pages of books in the attic. From Ancestors, a 1971 novel written by the legendary New Yorker editor William Maxwell, quite a few things had been stashed for years. The most interesti...
  • A Suburban View of the 1968 Washington Riots    When my mom typed this letter on the evening after the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr, Washington DC was embroiled in a second night of rioting. Downtown buildings were on fire and 15 thousand extra troops had been se...
  • Who Played Me in a Movie?     Everybody has a family mystery they would like to solve. Here's mine. In 1979, some uncredited kids played me and my sister in the ABC TV movie Friendly Fire. We know Sam Waterston played my dad and an actress named Jenn...
  • Mexican Divorce in the Mad Men Age
    on Oct 26, 2013
    On January 14th, 1986 Esquire Magazine's David Hirshey contracted Dad to write a short 500 word  piece on Divorce due February 14th for $500. It was never used.   Twenty years ago I was separated from my wife and living in a 14th...
  • Letter to Kurt Vonnegut Dec 3, 1975It had been six years since Dad had praised Kurt Vonnegut in a  New York Times Book Review article entitled "Kurt Vonnegut, Head Bookinist", timed for the release of Slaughterhouse-Five. Nine years since he'd written a"ground breaking" retrospec...
  • Major Influences on Dad's Writing, 1976In a 1976 letter to Chris Cannon who handled publicity for Friendly Fire at G P Putnam's SonsJ Bryan III  I suppose the major teacher of the craft has been my father, J. ( Joseph) Bryan III, who was an associate editor of the Saturday Evening Po...
  • In Praise of Vonnegut, 1969"Two messages recur through all of Vonnegut's writing. The first is Be Kind. The second is God doesn't care whether you are or not"     C.D.B. Bryan, New York TimesKurt Vonnegut, Jr., the author of six novels and two short-story c...
  • A Three Letter Man
    on Jun 9, 2013
    When True Grit screenwriter Marguerite Roberts died in 1989, her husband, author and screenwriter John Sanford, wrote a series of books about their 50 year marriage. They'd both been members of the Communist Party and were both blacklisted from...
  • The Extraordinary Art of Peter Hall 1972-1978
    on Apr 7, 2013
    Spent the morning in the attic and discovered these postcards hand drawn by dad's friend, historian Peter Dobkin Hall, from the 1970's. An extraordinary gesture of friendship!
  • The Selling of Friendly Fire, Part One
    on Jan 26, 2013
    In late 1975, Dad asked agent Carl D. Brandt to send manuscripts of Friendly Fire to more than 80 opinion makers. His fear --as he put it--was "that because it deals with Vietnam no one will want to read it.". He was hoping for a blurb or at least so...
  • Boat Love, 1986
    on Jan 18, 2013
    Illustration by Gary Kelley for New England Monthly   For the May 1986 issue of New England Monthly, eight writers were asked to write about eight terrific places. Tracy Kidder wrote about The Cape. Geoffrey Wolf wrote about Block Isla...
  • Basking in the Reflection of Genius, 1958Harold Bloom     Dad says he was never much of a scholar but in his senior year he was one of 15 Yale University seniors accepted by Harold Bloom for his honors seminar. Bloom, who received a MacArthur Fellowship in 1985, was already a...
  • On The Road to La Porte City, Iowa April 8, 1971
    on Dec 30, 2012 in 1971 C.D.B. Bryan
     To pass the time on his way to meet Peg and Gene Mullen for what at the time was a possible New Yorker magazine article, Dad made notes of the journey. He drove 561 miles in a faded yellow Volkswagon bus with an eight track tape player. THUR...
  • The GeneralDad first met H. Norman Schwarzkopf in October 1971. He was then a 37 year old lieutenant colonel not long back from completing his second tour of duty in Vietnam. Twice wounded, he had just been released from Walter Reed Army Medical Center and was...
  • LA Times Interview With Dad (1987)100 Years of a Living Legend : C. D. B. Bryan Records Growth and History of National Geographic, the Society and the MagazineNovember 04, 1987|BETTY CUNIBERTI | Times Staff WriterWASHINGTON — C. D. B. Bryan, a successful writer of both fiction and...
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