Posts Tagged ‘Steve Martin’


Shopgirl – “Not Wild and Crazy”

August 14, 2014



by Steve Martin

Print Length: 130 pages

Publisher: Hyperion; 1st edition (July 1, 2001)

Paperback Price: $ 4.78

Buy from Amazon. Click Here: Shopgirl: A Novella

I recently read a book of Conversations with Steve Martin. After the exhausting Introduction (these were interviews printed in the media at different stages of his career), I didn’t know if I needed more.

But the chapters did prove interesting. In each he comments on what is happening in his life. From stand-up comic to actor/director, to writer. It made me glad I was not famous and didn’t have to live up to any particular expectations.

At the library, putting a hold on some of his essays from the New Yorker I picked up a copy of his book, Shopgirl. If I read it before It had given up on it before completing it.
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THE SOLOIST – “Talking to Books”

January 20, 2012

The Soloist by Mark Salzman, 1995

Vintage, 284 pages, $15

I often sit around and talk to my TV, so I thought why not talk to the books I read too. Their content might even answer:

JOHN: Here’s a book that’s kind of Steve Martin’s The Lonely Guy meets 12 Angry Men. Why should I care about a cellist who can’t perform, the jury trial of a Buddhist who kills his guru, a forty-year-old guy virgin who is clueless around women?

THE SOLOIST: Because I pull you into music by having the narrator teach a young Korean boy (and you) something about it, because the murder (the narrator is on the jury) mirrors the psychological state of the cellist and because most guys reading a book a book at night are clueless around women. Read the rest of this entry ?


MY YEAR OF FLOPS—“Add this book to the list.”

July 23, 2010

MY YEAR OF FLOPS by Nathan Rabin

What not to do tonight.

You have a blog that gets a lot of hits (maybe because tag words connect readers to the actors in cult films you are showcasing), wouldn’t that make a cool book? Not necessarily. We like discussions of movies we are thinking of seeing and maybe of things we missed in classics, but why care about flops other than be glad we had nothing to do with them?

About half way through the book, Onion AV Club writer, Nathan Rabin, makes some interesting comparisons—Elaine May’s films, the original Psycho Read the rest of this entry ?