Tuesday, August 22, 2017

the last book I ever read (Letterman: The Last Giant of Late Night by Jason Zinoman, excerpt nine)

from Letterman: The Last Giant of Late Night by Jason Zinoman:

Every time Markoe drove up La Brea Avenue, she saw a billboard with Letterman’s gap-toothed grin. She stared blankly at an ad on the back of a bus on the freeway. Another day, she turned on the television and saw a Hard Copy report on the women in Letterman’s life. There she was: “the ex-girlfriend.” She nudged her dog: “Lewis, look who is on TV.”

Merrill Markoe had been David Letterman’s critical collaborator for the most formative years of his television career, creating so many essential parts of the show. As much as anyone, she helped invent the aesthetic of David Letterman. Now, at the height of his success, she was treated as just another ex-girlfriend. “It made me really angry,” she explained. “Really, really, really, really angry. Four reallys.”

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