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    • What I’ve Learned from Alan Alda

      WHAT I’VE LEARNED FROM ALAN ALDA In 1964, after a year of living the struggling actor’s life in New York, I decided to quit and move back to my hometown of Jackson Michigan. I loved it there. I could imagine a life there, perhaps as a teacher. Just before I was ready to leave, I […]Read More »
    • Long Walk to Forever by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

      LONG WALK TO FOREVER by Kurt Vonnegut They had grown up next door to each other, on the fringe of a city, near fields and woods and orchards, within sight of a lovely bell tower that belonged to a school for the blind. Now they were 20, had not seen each other for nearly a […]Read More »

      HOLLYWOOD KILLER After I left New York and my professional life of stage acting, and moved to Los Angeles because I was being offered movie and television jobs, I settled into a life of working and watching Hollywood at work and play, mostly play and much of it deadly play. The late manager-producer, Bernie Brillstein, […]Read More »
    • Hollywood Killer

                                                                 HOLLYWOOD KILLER After I left New York and my professional life of stage acting, and moved to Los Angeles because I was being offered movie and […]Read More »
    • Grand Prize Winner Literary and Contemporary Fiction

      The ALEXANDRITE: a Hollywood Time-Travel Noir by Rick Lenz Rating:  Title:The Alexandrite: a Hollywood Time Travel Noir  Author(s): Rick Lenz Genre(s): Contemporary, Fiction, Humorous, Literary Fiction Publisher: Chromodroid Publishing (2015) Please help promote the author by liking the review at: AmazonGoodreadsAuthor’s Website Time-travel Noir becomes High Art with a wicked sense of humor in this fast-paced novel that offers up […]Read More »
    • Dan Lauria’s Amazon Review

      Dan Lauria’s Amazon Review

      “Veteran actor/playwright, Rick Lenz has, with depth, warmth, suspense and clarity brought film noir to time travel in his new novel, The Alexandrite. Jack Cade, a struggling actor in his mid forties, goes through a cycle of his life journey with the help of a rare jewel that leads him back to a theme right […]Read More »
    • Amazon Hall of Fame Review

      Amazon Hall of Fame Review

      The Alexandrite: Review by Grady Harp 5.0 out of 5 stars`I am having a new and alarming sensation of the (forgive me, psychobabble haters) Now in my life.’ By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE  Format: Kindle Edition It is not often that we find in an actor or writer or performer memoir with that […]Read More »
    • The Selfishness of Kindness

      The Selfishness of Kindness

        The Selfishness of Kindness (The first passage is from “North of Hollywood”) Abigail (my daughter) telephones at one o’clock on a Saturday morning. She’s in a phone booth, weeping, gasping to get her words out. I can barely understand her. All I can make out is “Cahuenga exit.” I’m a half-decibel away from not […]Read More »
    • Free Associating in Our Back Yard

      Free Associating in Our Back Yard: I realize I talk about my wife Linda quite a bit, but she’s the human I see and hear more than anyone I’ve ever known. For those of you who remember Gracie Allen, George Burns’ wife and long time comedy partner, Linda has just a touch of Gracie Allen […]Read More »



Rick's bookshelves

The Extra Man
The Science of Mind
A Course in Miracles: Combined Volume
The Man Who Traded His Wife For Woodworking Tools
Act One
Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life
Rabbit Redux
Marilyn and Me: Sisters, Rivals, Friends
What's Not to Love?: The Adventures of a Mildly Perverted Young Writer
Lee Marvin: Point Blank
Sweet Thursday
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
A Woman Of Independent Means
An Episode of Sparrows
The Beginner's Goodbye
Infamous Players: A Tale of Movies, the Mob,
Rabbit at Rest
Straight Man
Time and Again

Rick Lenz's favorite books ª

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