Day: August 20, 2014

Remembering Robin Williams

You want to be able to quote his inspirational movie lines back to him, to step on a desk and shout to him, “O Captain! My Captain!” You want to be able to hug him close and tight and never let go, telling him, “It’s not your fault.” And then you want to throw him the curve, twirl him around and shout, “Fosse! Fosse! Fosse!” But you cannot do that today. You cannot comfort him now. It’s a particularly cruel and agonizing irony, this outpouring of grief so massively disproportionate, equal but opposite to the loneliness of an icon...

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Bill Cosby’s biographer on the origin story of the “Cosby Sweater”

The term “Cosby Sweater” is one of the most unlikeliest legacies to come out of the #1 TV show of the 1980s. And yet, even today, you had an image in your head of a Cosby sweater even before you saw the photo above, probably of one much similar to it. In the first major biography of Bill Cosby written with interviews from Cos himself, author Mark Whitaker talks here about the origin story of the Cosby Sweater and how it became such a signature set-piece on NBC’s The Cosby Show. “Like a lot of things about that show,...

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