My Writing

Books

Hats & Eyeglasses: A Memoir   Here’s how lucky I am:  I got addicted to internet poker, lost a fortune, but then sold a book about it. And my family still loved me after they read it. Read more.

Hats & Eyeglasses by Martha Frankel

Knitting Yarns: Writers on Knitting One of my idols, the writer Ann Hood, asked me if I had anything I wanted to say about knitting for an anthology she was putting together. I almost wept with joy: there was a story I have been wanting to write for years. Very humbled to be in the book with some of the best writers of our time. Read more.

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The Joyous Lake This is a chapter of a book I hope to write someday, a book about the 70’s in Woodstock, when sex, drugs and rock ‘n roll were on the menu every night, and The Joyous Lake was the hottest club in town. I was the cashier. Buy a copy on PayPal. Only ten bucks.

The Joyous Lake by Martha Frankel

Brazilian Sexy I know more about hair removal than the barber of Seville. Especially if it’s down there. Read more.

Brazilian Sexy by Martha Frankel

New Writings

My latest piece for Hudson Valley Magazine. Loving the accompanying art! A Meat-Lover Turns Vegan — and Doesn’t Hate It (The Final Word Opinion Column). Published January 22, 2014. Read the article.

Family Photos: What Kind of Person Am I? I narrated family photos for my partially blind mother, and saw more through my mom’s eyes. Baltimore Fishbowl. Published: January 15, 2014. Read the article.

Other Things I’ve Written

Meetings With Remarkable Celebrities

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I’ve done hundreds of interviews. Sometimes I fall in love with someone because their work is so terrific, or because they’re funny when I hadn’t expected that, or because they are so intimate that I want to protect them. Sometimes I fall out of love, too, but that doesn’t happen as often.

 

J.J. Abrams: The man who would go on to make LOST— before anyone knew who he was.

Kevin Bacon: 
Mr. Bacon truly is the center of the universe.

Juliette Binoche: 
She made me lunch— in Paris!

Jeff Bridges: 
 If I’m ever marooned on a desert island, please let Mr. Bridges be there with me.

Johnny Depp: 
 Everything about Depp is completely magical.

Leonardo DiCaprio: 
 I get paid for this? Pinch me now.

Andy Garcia: 
 Absolutely the coolest (and sexiest) conservative in the world.

Steve Guttenberg: 
 The luckiest man in Hollywood.

Matt LeBlanc: 
 The sweetest guy I ever interviewed. He only wanted to give me some of the free Ray-Bans they sent as soon as he could afford to buy them himself.

Spike Lee: 
 The other side of Spike Lee.

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Other Other Things I’ve Written

I’ve written articles for magazines and newspapers on subjects as diverse as who has Hollywood cooties to why I was an ungrateful boob to my mother on mother’s day. (Plus some book reviews). That I get paid for my opinions still makes me giddy.

Of Mothers and Daughters: A Mother’s Day gift to mine.

Dressing for winter turns out to be life changing.

Hollywood Cooties: Who has them, who’s immune.

Labor Daze: 
How childbirth is portrayed onscreen.

RIP, Ms. Taylor Rest in peace, Elizabeth Taylor. There will never be another one like you.

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More Cool Shit

Sometimes I get to act out what I’ve written, or tell it to a radio audience. Is that the most amazing thing ever? Yes, I do believe it is.

I was asked to do a TedX talk. Does it get better than that?

I entered one of TMI’s story slams. The subject was Pretending. I won!

A piece I did with TMI about Hurricane Irene. The worst time of my life.

WAMC Listener Essay: Mother’s Day by Martha Frankel. Aired May 7, 2010.

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Since its inception in 2000, I have been the host of the Actors Dialogue at the Woodstock Film Festival. From Edie Falco and Aidan Quinn to Olympia Dukakis, Marcia Gaye Hardin and Steve Buscemi, I’ve gotten a real glimpse into the actor’s life.

Andy Garcia and Stephen Dorff
Woodstock Film Festival, Actors Dialogue, 2013

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