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  • -I also quickly want to mention your best-selling book.

  • -Yes! Thank you. -It's some poems.

  • -It's called "Dumpty." And...

  • -And Look at this -- New York Times Best Seller.

  • -Best Seller.

  • That's what I'm talking about, baby!

  • ♪♪ [ Cheers and applause ]

  • -Whoa!

  • -It's really -- It's a great book.

  • It's very funny.

  • And you also do all the illustrations yourself.

  • -That's right, including the nice portrait of our man.

  • -Yeah. What made you want to write this book?

  • -You know, it was the last thing I wanted to do.

  • I performed a parody of a Gilbert and Sullivan song

  • in a New York Public Theater gala,

  • rewriting all the lyrics.

  • Instead of "I am the very model of a modern major general,"

  • I made it "ex-lieutenant general"

  • and did it in the character of Michael T. Flynn.

  • And it absolutely kills. -Yes.

  • -And I thought, "Wait a minute." -There's something here.

  • -"There's something in this."

  • It's much easier to make a punch line work if it rhymes.

  • -Yeah. That's good. -There you are.

  • Best-selling poet.

  • Who ever dreamed? -Right?

  • A best-selling poet. This is it.

  • And I like your introduction, too,

  • 'cause you were saying like,

  • "Look, if you're a fan of this guy, just read on."

  • -Yeah. Right.

  • -Yeah, it's just -- The way you do it is very graceful.

  • And then the first poem is "Trumpty Dumpty."

  • "Trumpty Dumpty wanted a wall.

  • To stir up a rabid, political brawl."

  • It's unbelievable.

  • "Trumpty Dumpty kept insisting.

  • More and more citizens started resisting.

  • Sadly, there won't be an to end this tale.

  • At least until reasonable people prevail."

  • It was very -- [ Cheers and applause ]

  • Good for you.

  • -Well, you know, it became a history book

  • as soon as I finished the last poem,

  • because events move so fast.

  • It's all about people who have long, long since left the scene.

  • They've all been fired or stormed off.

  • -Yeah.

  • -Who remembers Tom Price and Harold Bornstein?

  • -Yeah. It's interesting, right? -Yeah.

  • -It's all changing so fast.

  • I do want to show a clip,

  • 'cause I want everyone to see a clip from "Bombshell."

  • This is the movie that John is in,

  • but you won't recognize him, because he's just amazing.

  • Anyway, here's John Lithgow in "Bombshell."

  • Take a look at this.

  • -The accusations against Roger Ailes...

  • -I have never run a god[bleep] Dairy Queen.

  • You don't get to go and get whatever you want.

  • Everybody on my shows knows the meaning of decency.

  • And I do mean everybody.

  • A TV outfit needs tough, confident women.

  • Do I push them? You bet your ass I do!

  • But have I ever demanded sex during a casting session?

  • I defy you to find any evidence that a single part

  • of what these women are saying is true.

  • Get ready. More will come.

  • We need to let Rupert know what it means if I lose.

  • Gretchen Carlson can kill Fox News.

  • This is a fight for your jobs.

  • If I go, you go!

  • -Yes! That is how you do it!

  • That is how you do it! John Lithgow, everybody!

-I also quickly want to mention your best-selling book.

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John Lithgow Captures the Age of Trump in Poetry and Cartoons with Dumpty

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    林宜悉 posted on 2020/07/03
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