Cavett Author:Dick Cavett "You're always so nice and urbane and civilized," Orson Welles once told Dick Cavett, "but there are millions of us out in television-land who strongly suspect that that's not the real you. I think Salome ought to take off a couple of more veils." — That was a cue if Dick Cavett ever heard one. And here, unrestrained by commercials, a time limit,... more » or the censor, he has responded in a unique blend of narrative and conversation with his Yale roommate Christopher Porterfield. Nothing is sacred in "Cavett"; the talk ranges boldly and freely, as talk between friends often does, from the silly to the satirical and from the serious to the scatological ... These and other converstional excursions, as they take on the contours of Cavett's life, prove so cohesive that what they add up to is a sort of autobiography--of a deeply funny man, warm and irrepressible and overwhelmingly on the side of life, but also casually wry and even casually outrageous.
Dick Cavett was born in Nebraska and educated at Yale, where he roomed with Christopher Porterfield (co-author). Before joining Cavett's staff in 1974, Porterfield was a senior editor of "Time," for which he often wrote music, theater, and book criticism.« less