A collection of transcripts from John Cleese’s addresses to Cornell University during his tenure (now indefinite) as professor-at-large at Cornell University: a post which, as he describes it, consists of “turning up periodically to stir things up”. It’s probably fair to say that about a third of this book is the transcript of his conversation with screenwriter/legend William Goldman, which is great news because that’s the most fascinating one. I’d peg this as the most interesting thing I’ve read from Cleese lately, albeit not as good as his autobiography. Definitely not a waste of time though. Good lord, there’s faint praise. Ceteris paribus, he still knows how to put together a phrase.

Professor at Large: The Cornell Years
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