MY STUFF

Wherever my work is available for sale on the web, you can find it here.

My history of I'll Say She Is covers the original production as well as its reconstruction, through the 2014 revival. For details about the 2016 Off Broadway revival, see illsaysheis.com.

Love Marches On
By Noah Diamond

Love Marches On is a multigenerational saga of Broadway, originally published as a daily comic strip in 2013. The book features the entire run of daily strips and Sunday broadsheets, along with a good deal of supplemental material which expands the story.

400 Years in Manhattan
By Noah Diamond

My first book, published in 2008, is an annotated version of the monologue I performed in 2007, inspired by my long career as a New York City tour guide.

That's Me, Groucho! The Solo Career of Groucho Marx
By Matthew Coniam, Foreword by Frank Ferrante

Matthew Coniam's excellent That's Me, Groucho! includes my essay "Anatomy of a Moustache," exploring the history of "that careless, brazen, revolutionary black stripe."


SPAZ Comics
Rik Sansone

The premiere issue of Spaz Comics, created by Rik Sansone, includes my piece "Teen Mania," which imagines a 1980s teen magazine aimed at fans of vintage comedy.

The second issue of Spaz Comics includes "Penguin Home Invasion," my photographic essay about the time my home was infiltrated by an army of tiny penguins.

Zelda Magazine #12
(Spring 2015)

My article about the original authors of I'll Say She Is, "Bands of Brothers: The Johnstones and the Marxes on Broadway," appears in Zelda #12.

The Marxfest Store

Visit the Marxfest Store for merchandise associated with Marxfest, the month-long, city-wide Marx Brothers festival of which I was an organizer and participant in 2014.


MY FRIENDS' STUFF

Nothing keeps you humble like having talented friends! Here's a selection of available works by some of the brilliant men and women I've been fortunate enough to know in real life.

(Note: Works which appear elsewhere on this page are excluded from this section, even if I'm friends with the authors! And friends, this is a work in progress, ever-evolving, so please forgive me if I've neglected to include your work here -- feel free to scold, shame, and pressure me!)




The Lawyer's Guide to Internet Research
By Kathy Biehl, Tara Calishain
Plays and Playwrights 2008
By Crystal Skillman, Daniel Talbott, Carolyn Raship, Thomas Bradshaw, John Regis, Robert Attenweiler, Leslie Bramm, Elena Hartwell, Mac Rogers, Daniel Reitz
Mel & El: She's My Bitch
Cyril & Matilda Productions


STUFF I RECOMMEND

A curated selection of my favorite things, available through this website's participation in the Amazon Associates Program. 

I add things to this page often, so be sure to check it every five or ten minutes.

THE MARX BROTHERS BOOKSHELF

There have been so many excellent books about the Marx Brothers. The following selection is by no means complete, but these are the Marx books which I love the most, and/or consider the most important and indispensable.

Harpo Speaks!
By Harpo Marx, Rowland Barber

Harpo's beautiful memoir is the best book written by a member of the Marx family, and is indispensable for an understanding of the spirit of the Marxes' experience, if not always strictly reliable on the facts.

Groucho And Me
By Groucho Marx

Groucho's memoir is elusive, and short on introspection; its title is more insightful than its contents. As with much of Groucho's literary output, the author's concern with being seen as a writer interferes with his gifts. But Groucho and Me is still highly enjoyable required reading.

Groucho's best, funniest, and most revealing writing is to be found in his letters, which were mostly not written for publication. He isn't trying so hard to be impressive here (and in Love, Groucho), with the result that he comes off as far more impressive.

Groucho's letters to Miriam are the very best of the great man in print. No other book gives the reader such a strong sense of meeting the real Groucho; and, not coincidentally, these letters contain the finest prose he ever crafted.


Joe Adamson's masterpiece remains, decades after its publication, the greatest book ever written about the Brothers. The research, groundbreaking in '73, has since been expanded upon by other authors. But Adamson's insight, and the brilliance of his prose, delivers higher and more lasting truths than mere data can ever offer. If you only read one, this is the one.

Simon Louvish, like Joe Adamson, understands that the Marx Brothers are mythic heroes, and that their story is only fully "true" when presented as a poetic saga. Louvish does this beautifully, while weaving in a wealth of research, much of it new when the book was published in '99. The book is an ideal companion to Adamson's, emphasizing the stage years where Adamson's emphasizes the films, and written with comparable literary flair.

The clearest heir to Adamson is Matthew Coniam, whose Annotated Marx Brothers became indispensable the moment it was published. Ostensibly a guide to the more elusive references in the Brothers' films (complete with DVD time codes), the book is more accurately described as a remarkably fresh, intellectually vigorous, and endlessly witty look at subjects whose relevance is decisively renewed in these pages.

Robert Bader's recent opus is a landmark among landmarks. No book can match it for the sheer volume of its research, and even if you've read every other book ever written about the Brothers, this one will tell you a lot you didn't know about their years on stage. It also sheds abundant new light on corners of the Marxes' saga which you only thought you understood. This is the ultimate reference book on the team's early career, and no Marxian bookshelf is complete without it.


Marx Brothers Encyclopedia
By Glenn Mitchell

And this one is literally a reference book! Glenn Mitchell's erudite and lovingly-assembled alphabetical encyclopedia of Marxiana is best enjoyed not page by page, in order, in a few sittings. It's best enjoyed at random, every day, for the rest of your life!

The Marx Bros. Scrapbook
By Groucho Marx, Richard J. Anobile

The controversy surrounding its publication, and Groucho's blue talk throughout the interviews, are beside the point. It's unfortunate that those topics have dominated conversation about the Scrapbook, which is better remembered as an invaluable source of images and interviews.

Groucho and company issued this official "illustrated life" partly in an attempt to eclipse the Scrapbook. The Phile is delightful, full of priceless images and recollections. But it's a self-conscious exercise in legend-maintenance, and it feels less vital.

Steve Stoliar's beautiful memoir offers unparalleled insight into Groucho's late period, and a fan's-eye view unique among Marx books.

That's Me, Groucho! The Solo Career of Groucho Marx
By Matthew Coniam, Foreword by Frank Ferrante

The first critical study of Groucho's solo career is written with wit, elegance, and deep insight into topics not explored elsewhere. The appendices include Coniam's profound encore, "The Groucho Marx Theory of Creativity" -- a landmark of Marxian thought.

Groucho
By Hector Arce

Hector Arce's semi-authorized Groucho biography is an underappreciated volume, unfortunately out of print, but superior to the Groucho biographies which followed it. A great many revelations and insights which are often attributed to later scribes actually originate in Arce's pages. He went on to collaborate with Groucho on The Secret Word is Groucho and The Groucho Phile.

Maxine Marx's memoir of her father is sweet and affectionate. It earns its place here largely by being the only book devoted expressly to Chico, the most enigmatic of the Marx Brothers. Like many of these memoirs, it's more reliable as a source of impressions and insights than for biographical data.

Why not buy several copies of this one and distribute them to your friends? Then buy several more! It's the gift that you keep on giving.



OTHER THINGS I LOVE



Cole
By Robert Kimball, Brendan Gill
The Beatles Anthology
By The Beatles
The Beatles Anthology
Starring John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr, George Martin





Manhattan Murder Mystery
Starring Alan Alda, Woody Allen, Diane Keaton, Anjelica Huston
Deconstructing Harry
Starring Caroline Aaron, Kirstie Alley, Bob Balaban, Richard Benjamin, Eric Bogosian


The Muppet Show Season 1: Special Edition
Starring Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Richard Hunt, Dave Goelz, Jerry Nelson
The Muppet Show Season 2: Special Edition
Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
The Muppet Movie (Plus Bonus Content)
Starring Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Dave Goelz, Richard Hunt, Charles Durning
The Muppets Take Manhattan (Two-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo)
Starring Juliana Donald, James Coco, Louis Zorich, Art Carney, Lonny Price

The Great Muppet Caper - Kermit's 50th Anniversary Edition
Starring Charles Grodin, Diana Rigg, John Cleese, Robert Morley, Peter Ustinov
Auntie Mame
Starring Rosalind Russell, Forrest Tucker, Coral Browne, Fred Clark
1776 (Restored Director's Cut)
Starring Howard DaSilva, Blythe Danner, Ken Howard, William Daniels
The Sunshine Boys
Starring George Burns, Richard Benjamin, Walter Matthau

The 2000 Year Old Man: The Complete History
By Carl Reiner & Mel Brooks, Carl Reiner, Mel Brooks
42nd Street
Starring Warner Baxter, Bebe Daniels, George Brent, Ruby Keeler, Guy Kibbee
Monty Python's The Meaning of Life
Starring Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones

The Great Dictator
Starring Charles Chaplin, Jack Oakie, Reginald Gardiner, Henry Daniell, Billy Gilbert
The Court Jester
Starring Danny Kaye, Glynis Johns, Basil Rathbone, Angela Lansbury, Cecil Parker
The Cradle Will Rock
Starring Hank Azaria, Rubén Blades, Joan Cusack, John Cusack, Cary Elwes