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Conversations with Steve Martin

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Conversations with Steve Martin presents a collection of interviews and profiles that focus on Martin as a writer artist and original thinker over the course of than four decades in show business While those less familiar with his full body of work may think of Martin as primarily the wild and crazy guy with an arrow through his head this book makes the case that he is in fact one of our nation's most accomplished and varied artists It shows the full range of Martin's creative work tracing the source of his comic imagination from his e I'll confess this much I cheated There were four galleys on my kindle and one free galley from the Goodreads first read program that I should have been reading if I took them all in order but I was so overjoyed to learn I had received this one that after a couple of hours reading other actually very good books that I'd received earlier I let myself have a peek at this one like a kid who goes straight for the dessert table Having read Born Standing Up Martin's memoir in April I knew that if it was a Steve Martin book I would be in for a treat and probably a whole lot of giggles I just could not waitPut your money away friends or else use it to get a copy of Martin's own memoir mentioned above Martin is one hell of a writer and so any attempt to write about him will come in second place at best But frankly nobody tried very hard to do anything here A bunch of interviews for magazines and the like were chopped up so that they could be laid out seuentially; Kapsis the editor attempts to put back the context that has been thus destroyed by inserting some dull paraphrasing and explanations in between themI confess that I am one of those obsessive readers who not only reads rapidly but completely I read the introductions I read the afterwords or epilogues I even read the page where the writer thanks people because once in awhile those are really witty or give some as yet unseen insight into the author's life or thoughts I once gave a book a whole extra star due to a really lucid helpful thank you pageI'll tell you right now there is no hope for this one Not before Not during Not afterIf you wonder whence that second star I'll tell you I only give one star reviews to books that are offensive too poorly edited to be understood or incomplete Generally since I write a little here and there especially here I remember that writers have feelings too and I try to give them the benefit of the doubt But not here It's essentially a crass effort to make money by taking already written material and stringing it together Actually that is sort of offensive Think of this as one and a half stars rounded upDon't look for it on my blog I only feature four and five star books there; happily the very books I stepped away from to read this loser will find their way there; I can tell that about three of them alreadyIf you love Steve Martin or if you want to read something really funny buy a copy of Born Standing Up by Steve Martin Give this a miss

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Arly standup days starting in the mid to late 1960s through the films he has written and starred in and emphasizing his recent creative outpourings as playwright essayist novelist memoirist songwriter composer musician and art critic Standup is the hardest material in the world to write for someone else; it's like trying to condense 10 years of experience into 20 minutes of new material Martin says But commenting on his fiction writing he says I think you have to be able to find as a writer that state where you don't know what you're g Robert Kapsis ’65editorFrom On Wisconsin Magazine Spring 2015If you love humorist and entertainer Steve Martin read on Robert Kapsis ’65 a professor of sociology and film studies at ueens College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York has edited a book of interviews with Martin that honors his eminence as one of the nation’s most accomplished and varied artists and emphasizes his writing talent Conversations with Steve Martin University Press of Mississippi Kapsis is also collaborating with the Museum of the Moving Image and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to develop a full scale retrospective of Martin that will begin circa 2015–16 to laud his standup comedy films and creative outpourings as a playwright essayist novelist memoirist songwriter composer musician and art critic and collector Kitty Princess and the Newspaper Dress recent creative outpourings as playwright essayist novelist memoirist songwriter composer musician and art critic Standup is the hardest material in the world to write for someone else; it's like trying to condense 10 years of experience into 20 minutes of new material Martin says But commenting on his fiction writing he says I think you have to be able to find as a writer that state where you don't know what you're g Robert Kapsis ’65editorFrom On Wisconsin Magazine Spring 2015If you love humorist and entertainer Steve Martin Let God Guide You Daily read on Robert Kapsis ’65 a professor of sociology and film studies at ueens College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York has edited a book of interviews with Martin that honors his eminence as one of the nation’s most accomplished and varied artists and emphasizes his writing talent Conversations with Steve Martin University Press of Mississippi Kapsis is also collaborating with the Museum of the Moving Image and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to develop a full scale The Art of the Hustle retrospective of Martin that will begin circa 2015–16 to laud his standup comedy films and creative outpourings as a playwright essayist novelist memoirist songwriter composer musician and art critic and collector

Robert E. Kapsis Ï 3 read

Oing to say or what the character is going to say or who the characters are That's the biggest thrill of all When you start to trust that subconscious thing and you don't censor yourself just remember you can always throw it away that's when the good stuff comes out The selected materials consist not only of pieces focused primarily on Martin's writings but also broader profiles and conversations that help explain Martin's development as a writer within the larger context of his many other accomplishments talents and performance skills I received this book for Net Galley for an honest opinionI really thought this book was kind of boring it repeated the same thing pretty much through out the book These are just conversations of interviews and articles written over the years but they pretty much repeat the same thing The newest conversation was the most interesting as was the one done with Playboy What I did like was the fact it makes me want to see his movies again I haven't seen them in a long time I wish there were to it just the same thing repeated through out the book Individual Motivation Within Groups remember you can always throw it away that's when the good stuff comes out The selected materials consist not only of pieces focused primarily on Martin's writings but also broader profiles and conversations that help explain Martin's development as a writer within the larger context of his many other accomplishments talents and performance skills I Why I Am A Jew received this book for Net Galley for an honest opinionI Cursed by Darkness (Befallen Tides, really thought this book was kind of boring it Ship of Magic (Liveship Traders, repeated the same thing pretty much through out the book These are just conversations of interviews and articles written over the years but they pretty much Kick-boxing pour la ligne repeat the same thing The newest conversation was the most interesting as was the one done with Playboy What I did like was the fact it makes me want to see his movies again I haven't seen them in a long time I wish there were to it just the same thing Firm Abs Flat Stomach repeated through out the book


7 thoughts on “Conversations with Steve Martin

  1. says:

    I'll confess this much I cheated There were four galleys on my kindle and one free galley from the Goodreads first read program that I should have been reading if I took them all in order but I was so overjoyed to learn I had received this one that after a couple of hours reading other actually very good books that I'd received earlier I let myself have a peek at this one like a kid who goes straight for the dessert table Having read Born Standing Up Martin's memoir in April I knew that if it was a Steve Martin book I would be in for a treat and probably a whole lot of giggles I just could not waitPut your money away friends or else use it to get a copy of Martin's own memoir mentioned above Martin is one hell of a writer and so any attempt to write about him will come in second place at best But frankly nobody tried very hard to do anything here A bunch of interviews for magazines and the like were chopped up so that they could be laid out seuentially; Kapsis the editor attempts to put back the context that has been thus destroyed by inserting some dull paraphrasing and explanations in between themI confess that I am one of those obsessive readers who not only reads rapidly but completely I read the introductions I read the afterwords or epilogues I even read the page where the writer thanks people because once in awhile those are really witty or give some as yet unseen insight into the author's life or thoughts I once gave a book a whole extra star due to a really lucid helpful thank you pageI'll tell you right now there is no hope for this one Not before Not during Not afterIf you wonder whence that second star I'll tell you I only give one star reviews to books that are offensive too poorly edited to be understood or incomplete Generally since I write a little here and there especially here I remember that writers have feelings too and I try to give them the benefit of the doubt But not here It's essentially a crass effort to make money by taking already written material and stringing it together Actually that is sort of offensive Think of this as one and a half stars rounded upDon't look for it on my blog I only feature four and five star books there; happily the very books I stepped away from to read this loser will find their way there; I can tell that about three of them alreadyIf you love Steve Martin or if you want to read something really funny buy a copy of Born Standing Up by Steve Martin Give this a miss


  2. says:

    Steve Martin's works have passed through my life from my earliest days My family was always big into comedies I'm not going to say that my one uncle videotaped off of HBO practically every movie that they showed in the 80s Plenty of Martin movies were part of that unsubstantiated archive But it wasn't until the cusp of my adult when I understood or rather realized that I did not yet fully understand the work of Steve Martin Late one night A Simple Twist of Fate came on The credits said Steve Martin so I settled in for solid entertainment What I got was a character study of a complex man My eyes were opened to a whole new world that a comedian could be so much What we have on the pages of this book is a look into what this man has done with his public and professional life It is a book about a private man And he will tell you that when you need to hear it Early in his career it was written that a secret of Steve Martin's success is making a huge point out of never leaving well enough alone He will also offer you a look behind the curtain when he thinks you need or when you don't need it or if it is funny Here we have the portrait of a renaissance man who refuses to sit for the portrait but challenges you to paint it as he sprints through your studio Often we ask uestions As interviewers uestions are often asked with an expected answer We have seen this with the banality of late night talk shows who love everyone and everything is great With Steve Martin the conductors of these interviews are always masterfully guided to ask a better uestion a uestion that will indeed exceed the readers' expectations He guides the interviews to the depths of his soul while maintaining his privacy and dignity He taught one interviewer that talking about personal parts of your life cheapens them I think I collect art but I'd rather not talk about that He will tell you of the heartbreaks of his early career and the joys of some of his greatest cinematic achievements He will tell you that John Candy was the best kisser he has ever had on screen and that he was scared when he wrote Roxanne He will tell you that he has compassion for the disadvantaged and that he finds fraternity with the other great men of his craft In none of this does he resort to platitudes and Hollywoodspeak In these pages is a genuine man that will challenge you to be genuine in your own right Through his erudition struggle and limitless desire to be funny and growing we as the readers are challenged to look at ourselves to look at our motivations and prejudices and become a better person Through this we become artists with all of the world as a canvas that challenges all to achieve their highest potential in many different areas of life Sorry to spoil it but Steve Martin can make you a better person through his words He can show you how to look at life and ring out every bit of nectar through perseverance and desire to be really good at something or many things


  3. says:

    Robert Kapsis ’65editorFrom On Wisconsin Magazine Spring 2015If you love humorist and entertainer Steve Martin read on Robert Kapsis ’65 a professor of sociology and film studies at ueens College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York has edited a book of interviews with Martin that honors his eminence as one of the nation’s most accomplished and varied artists and emphasizes his writing talent Conversations with Steve Martin University Press of Mississippi Kapsis is also collaborating with the Museum of the Moving Image and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to develop a full scale retrospective of Martin that will begin circa 2015–16 to laud his standup comedy films and creative outpourings as a playwright essayist novelist memoirist songwriter composer musician and art critic and collector


  4. says:

    This sounded interesting when I reuested it from NetGalley and I read a fair amount before giving upThere is an introduction that gives a brief overview of Steve Martin's life and career so far but the bulk of the book is a carefully curated collection of previously published andor transcribed interviewsFor the average reader it is very disconcerting to read unedited transcription from live interviews where thoughts are not always finished and people interrupt each otherThe other problem for me was the repetition of certain aspects of Martin's career with each new interviewThis isn't a book to sit down and read like a biography so the fact that I am not finishing it should not discourage readers who really want to learn about Martin this way Just be sure you understand what this compilation of articles is and does


  5. says:

    I received this book for Net Galley for an honest opinionI really thought this book was kind of boring it repeated the same thing pretty much through out the book These are just conversations of interviews and articles written over the years but they pretty much repeat the same thing The newest conversation was the most interesting as was the one done with Playboy What I did like was the fact it makes me want to see his movies again I haven't seen them in a long time I wish there were to it just the same thing repeated through out the book


  6. says:

    I learned a lot about Steve Martin that just never occurred to me I honestly just saw him as a wonderful actor but he has dabbled in a lot of different things A lot of the information from varies sources is nice to be combined into one book I enjoyed reading about his life and how things came about This book really makes me think about all that he has accomplished He will be known as an icon if many don't already think so On the down side this book was extremely long


  7. says:

    I have to say that I am a huge Steve Martin fan This book just didn't do him justice I was bored from the beginning and felt like everything was kind of thrown together


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