Posts Tagged ‘Steve Martin’

Books on a Boat

7,April, 2008

As you probably have gathered, I’ve been on a cruise ship. I spent five days in the Caribbean and then spent another five days crossing the Atlantic. Shadowmagic fan’s will be pleased to hear that I’ve spent most of my time writing SM2 and it’s really ticking along. The rest of the time has been spent blissfully lost in three wonderful books.

I’ve already mentioned Traveler.

I just finished, Born Standing Up, an autobiography by Steve Martin. The cover sleeve has a quote by Jerry Sinfeld that says, “One of the best books about comedy and being a comedian ever written.” I might just agree. If you are looking for a lot of jokes, this is not the book for you. Although there are a couple – my favorite came from an old gag writer Steve met in his youth named Wally Boag. “I’m in the dark side of the Cattle business.” Do you a rustle?” “Only when I wear taffeta shorts.” The book is about what it is like being a stand-up. Even though my life has transpired very differently, the book rings true.

The third book was The Road by Cormac McCarthy. The Road is one of those books that takes over your thinking. It’s a post-apocalyptic tale dealing with the harsh struggle for survival of a father and a son. It’s the kind of book that when you then look up from its pages and see a table full of food you can’t believe it for a second until you reorient yourself to the real world. Be prepared, it is not a comedy but it was one of the most mesmerizing reads I have read in a long time. It made me wish my son was near so I could give him a hug.