Nonfiction / Television

321: Merrill Markoe

The greatest gift to any humorist is a parent who is impossible to please. This writer, a co-creator of Late Night With David Letterman, describes a note in her mother’s copy of David Copperfield. “It said, ‘Not one of his best works. I was disappointed.’ If she was giving Dickens a hard time, what did I think that I was going to get?” You can enjoy these delightful scenes of childhood in her graphic memoir, We Saw Scenery: The Early Diaries of Merrill Markoe..

Person: Mary Wollstonecraft
Place: San Francisco in the 60’s
Thing: her mother’s diaries
Randy’s Person: Belle de Zuylen