If his audience isn't laughing, we're crying. As with all great stories and all books, however, it's what stays with us when we close the cover.
The truth is we are forever looking at ourselves in comparison to those around us, creating our own internal A and B lists of who is successful in marriage, in career, financially, as parents, and then putting ourselves in one or the other category.
"But I have to live here. I have nowhere to go. I don't know if the fighting has stopped [back home]. I live here, in misery. I can't explain how hard my life is." She looks down at the sleeping baby in her arms. "I don't even have socks to put on the baby."
It's every screenwriter's nightmare. To be in the office of one of Hollywood's most powerful producers, pitching all of your script ideas. Only to then have that mover-and-shaker repeatedly say "Nope. Not interested." But that's exactly what happened back in 2009 to poor Mitchell Kapner.
On Valentine's Day, we often hear glorified versions of great and enduring love, Hollywood romances, soaring passion. We even put names and faces to them -- Tracey and Hephurn, Liz and Dick, Brad and Angelina and their expanding brood. This is the stuff of fantasy!
Here, we present ten celebrities epitomizing the beauty of humanitarianism in ways about which we're betting even the hosts of E!'s Fashion Police can't find anything to criticize.
The baby twins on the cover of Shalom! -- the top selling papyrus celebrity mag in all of Israel -- drew Miriam in.
In the 1930s, chic French director Jean-Luc Godard declared, "All you need for a movie is a gun and a girl." Half a century later, a quick Internet search will turn up thousands of images that fetishize girls with guns.
In just the past week, we've been regaled with the supposedly startling revelations that: Halle Berry and Sarah Palin are cousins; Barack Obama and Mitt Romney are related; Justin Bieber, Avril Lavigne, Ryan Gosling and Celine Dion are all cousins. My reaction to all this: Yawn.
It would have to be more than coincidental that the Brad Pitt Chanel commercial that apparently is making people sneer, comes on right before the 2003...
This past weekend, Jennifer Aniston's engagement ring emerged from the press-proof bunker in which it had been hiding ever since Justin Theroux proposed marriage to the actress on August 10.
Behind soundproof, bullet-resistant glass, a private entrance and a closed-captioned security system, the Royal Suite at The Four Seasons Washington is as beautiful as it is functional.
For those of us who worship football, it's been a long off-season without our favorite sport.
I'll be the first to admit that dressing evening-appropriate is not a skill I possess. So, I enlisted the help of celeb stylist Jen Rade, who's worked with the likes of Angelina Jolie and Katherine McPhee, to teach me how to dress up -- and how to do it my way.
If you ever want to put your significant other in the mood for love, try playing any tune on Joe Alterman's new CD, particularly one where Joe and his mentor Houston Person jam and groove.