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The Good Life Segment 1 01-07-17

Jan 7, 2017|

Guy Bower talks with David Elliot Cohen, author of the book "The Wrong Dog"(An unlikely tale of unconditional love). They talk about his inspiration to become a photographer and his series of books "A day In The Life Of"

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This is a good life food wine and all the good things of life now here's the host of the good life. God now. And welcome to the program boy what a nice day out. And believe me you should be thankful because there's other places that are on today that are not. Quite as nice you know victory in the north east of the central part of the the coastal regions of the east of our country. So. Outside picker Christmas floods now where would be very into it to to Normandy. On the program today we have some things that talk about. The thrust of the program is talking to David Elliot Cohen. The accused assailant David we have so many things in common in particular. A a very strong relationship with dogs. The book the David put together is called the wrong dog and you'll hear about why it's called minute. I've got some fun things that are coming up at a met tell you about the forget all things Barbara cue. And you gotta go sign up. The January 20 class. Still had some seats available but there almost full that's Friday January 20 healthy dinner on the girl. On Saturday the 21. And often barbecued chicken three ways. That is such typical class and you'll learn so much. Really great stuff and then. Again in the afternoon on the 21 Texas style brisket. There's three months' worth. Classes. At AT BBQ dot com so if you've been aced out before and you you may be used to the January classes on this day our. We'll take a look really good stuff for men. I got a tea or that the kitchen plates here the new location on each Douglas in the design district right next to traditions. And ominous. Not only is there such great. Appliances like me lay and wolf in and sub zero what you got to see the demo it's. You've got to see everything that's included net and there's going to be some events coming up their Hugo visit human you get on the invite list. It cools. Specially count our top unique style and not only can use to their but of course they can do you installation. And over get Johnson's. Yes Johnson's Garden City that winner what do we do with a garden theater. Now's the time to stock up on you you can buy your full year's worth of winterize your spring meeting everything. Or if I prefer Obama. And there's a bunch of great sales going on. Things for seasonal stuff of the I bill Barr. Bark mulch cedar mulch congress step Jones gardens. On the thirteenth street OK it is truly cool but. I like to your knees. OK so. Bennett or emigrate why the week when I go back to what's coming up on the show assortment that one. It's an organ recently an embryo annoyed briefly reasons if we blow out which country about the line. I'm with you about lemon vineyards just. By. We're here to talk about dogs and my wife Sybil that's not really one improv related. You know I don't care much men and he blew. And and the last the year. I lost two months for rabies. And I had this book for awhile and it just. Well let me read Hewitt says on the back of the book CY and operated. The wrong dog chronicles an adventure filled cross country road trip the unconditional love between dog and his family. And the vast them benevolent world dogs play and Americans and line men and but mostly it shows us with humor and simple grades how the end of life can be the richest part Tivo. And cry with them and edited read the book over this last week. And it's worth every minute and they're more laughter than tears and tears are really kind of Juan. Double edged you know there some sadness and the got to put this together is. Now prettier district champ. It is nice that. Let us invade his weekend David Elliot Cohen. Six million copies of books and he's done over seventy that he's either sold done himself or worked in conjunction with others. It looks like he is probably a magnificent for biographer because. Some of his most pop most popular books or America 24/7. And day in the life of the photo books that look so cool. Orbit books have been on New York Times best seller seven others including nine in nine travel log. One year off took the whole family around the world of and they drove off. Your favorite. Your your nuts and you do that but good for you not the first person I act. You've been in the New York Times people. Other major prayer arm as military that today show Good Morning America CBS Sunday morning I saw that on NPR's all things considered. You grew up in Pennsylvania. And you're you're the average in. Well in my wife's from Washington. Graduated from Yale. I was lucky to graduate from anywhere and you live in Manhattan. And you still have a place out in California and Deborah and you lucky dog. Yeah and you're splendidly merit and married to what must be a very Smart woman. Primary to very good and Smart woman but probably not a Smart is Lauren and and of course you guys have. A partial full of kids from both sides of that marriage and and then you've had had a great dog a couple of woman you've still got another little Pug dog. I am excited don't know where to begin David but I wanna hear about your let's just do the reader's digest version of David Cohen. Photographer world travel her co author author of so many great books how in the world did you get started and now a lot of work. Well actually it's funny. I yet you mentioned I I I did go to Yale that's primarily because. My my you know my dad never graduated college. My mob. It took me there when I was ten years old. And said this is where you're going to college. And somehow it's stocks. And and I but a cable that that must be a complete. Fluke but. It turned out you know. The year you're you're genetic sir are are typical thing to avoid I found myself with my main amber too chaotic to come to a place. You can get an engineering which I am not a and I took him to cal poly. In California when he was ten years old and said. You know this is where you're gonna go to college and he ended up going there as well so that I think the thing is if you want your kid to go to a particular college take them there when they're ten. And tell lamented that somehow it sticks in your in your mind that anyway. I went there is the first year I was there I want I wanted to take us photography course and my mother sent me we didn't we're not spending that kind of money for you to take photography. So and that means that. That had the opposite affect him and it turned out to be much of much of my first career. When I when I graduate from college and almost no idea what I wanted to do so I looked in the New York Times and I found. A job at a photography book publishing town. Completely random guy. And I applied for I cannot one letter. I I got the job and that started me in the photo book business. By the way I was fired after six months and and and rightfully so. And now in you know. In the Clemson and in subordination. And and so I started off I started up on that app after I got fired there. Idea. Found it based on I might keep six months experience that found a job at something called photo news agency. Which was based in Manhattan and also had an office in Paris. And the guy who hired me. Didn't care that I got fired from my last job he was discreet different guys still lists and and he made me managing editor of this place when I was 24 years old and I started. It directing group of a really buying group of photographers including pretty well known ones like in neatly that it Douglas Kirkland and David Hume Kennerly. And sending them out on assignments across the world. I left out while you're talking I was thumbing through your list of books on Amazon. Just yet created and that's just the first page there looks like there's seven or more pages. It's really athletic opportunities and you may be the same again through these really prolific period. Where I produce massive amounts of work. And then I spent like two or three years right accomplish almost nothing. Where nothing works. And then and then I have another another period like that again and again sort of goes back and forth. It's it's very difficult that you never quite know which are incomes the issue. Well David now wait let's give justice do here. Lucky you noddle leisure why pretty and Smart but she she has a pretty good job. I'd not bad yeah she's got there's Beatty. Substantially more intelligent than him. Well and I am sure for the most part she's glad to have you around them a lot in those times when you're. I listened I comic relief. But you know. As you read the book that's my second went for it might hurt where fate if I was aggressive I was the person to. Who make sure that that that we get enough money to content content you want. And you know so it's funny now my kids dying. You know couple of them have gone into really corporate. Secure jobs. And one of them in particular has become an entrepreneur. Like. I was tonight oh and I say to her you know. You don't you know you'd have to be prepared here you can go to period time we're not gonna make any money you sure this is Smart and gosh. Darn I have absolutely outstanding safeties and I did expect this thing. Well at it. I can't believe somebody is an deepened to photography because when I look at some of the pictures and cruisers over the books. Thank you Internet that your day in the life of Africa. Your book on Nelson Mandela probably has the most. Glorious pictures of of that man that ever could be you did this book and we will get politics in this but the you do didn't store front pages for Obama. Yeah Ronald Reagan a life and photographs I know you probably didn't take a lot of those but. Now I actually I can take a lot of that I didn't take the vast majority of pictures in my books I. Because. Daylight series which took place mostly in the late 1980s and early ninety's. And bring it out which shall I mean I'm dating myself now but. That at a very specific gimmick which was that we would go to a country. To. Three months of preparation and the what we thought were the hundred best photo journalist in the world to that country and that literally. Have them all take photographs but just one day. So I daylight for China. Literally. Unless they achieved little which they probably did but. Literally one day in the light of China same with Russia. And the other eleven books in the series. When and of all the books and I I will probably be ordering several but it. I already ordered. Dogs 24/7 extraordinary for murder of some wonderful blog and you wrote that well before the book that we're gonna talk about now the wrong dog. So you did kind of partial to four legged furry dogs. Well I came to this this whole thing pretty late I can I didn't have any pet when I was growing up. My and it can even nobody even said that that was the possibility I think Ike came from like a hundred generations of people who didn't believe that. Animals that live inside the house. And and so I I got my game first dog I get to two laboratories when I was in my thirty. And then I realized whether it was I had been missing. And how much joy eighties these animals bring you in all the right cat. Them the more I realize that their value. And and and and a lot of that you could have offered dogged him and that love that the dog has for you. I'm in I don't wanna give away any thing but. That is the final pages of this book I don't think it's giving anything it is that. That is where I am writing with my friend after this entire trip. In a taxicab up Madison avenue. And he says to me. You know everybody's says that we love dogs because they love us unconditionally. But the fact of the matter is is that dogs are great because they show what that we can love and conditions. That's an amazing gift as a net. Well we're gonna talk about it have folks if you just joined us. I'm talking to David Elliot Cohen world renowned author and more importantly the author of the book to read it tell you about now. The wrong dog and unlike Pete hung lightly on the it unlikely tale of condition unconditional love with a quick break diplomat talked to David and learn more about. The wrong dog it was the right we'll be right back don't go away and integrate one of the way through there is someone there.