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The Ten, Make That Nine, Habits of Very Organized People. Make That Ten.: The Tweets of Steve Martin Flexibound – February 21, 2012
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I've always admired Steve Martin for his willingness to experiment - and not only with different forms of humor onstage. In films and books, he has tackled comedy, often focused on existential and philosophical issues...or random musings that seem ad libbed. I've always gone out of my way to catch a Martin performance, read one of his books, or stay up to watch him interviewed on late night television. I like his unpredictability and wilingness to take chances.
So as soon as I heard about his latest book, I pre- ordered it. I was intrigued. I just wish I liked it enough to give it a 5 star review. Unfortunately, I don't.
As Martin notes in the book, he first started tweeting for self- promotion. But his interest in that faltered and he decided to experiment with Twitter's possibilities. As of this review's publication date, Martin has nearly 2,300,000 followers. This book contains a small collection ( the book is around 121 pages) of both Martin's tweets as well as responses from fans.
A sample tweet: "Running low on Twitter feed. Going to store to get more." i got a kick out of that tweet. Based on the Kindle edition I read, there are approximately 1 to 3 tweets per page so this is a very quick read. For those who've followed Martin's Twitter page avidly some of the material may not be new. Some will even find their tweets in the book, although a fair number are listed anonymously.
I found the book itself to have some funny, creative, and even enigmatic moments but far too many pages had material that just fell flat. I enjoyed the Sing Alongs section where Martin would give the first line of a song and followers would suggest the rest of that line.Read more ›
It's largely a collection of responses to his tweets, a few self-deprecating tweets that he sent out about himself, and a few mini-jokes as well.
Some samples: A purported GPS log of various embarrassing locations where his car was found parked. The disclosure that the baskets for basketball playoffs are not woven by Navajos. His finding that he couldn't lift his Kindle anymore after downloading 1,100 books onto it.
I really, really liked it.
Here's a sample taken more or less at random:
"The Red Cross is a really good cause, but one billiard ball hitting another is a really good cause and effect."
"REPORT FROM JURY DUTY: Other jurors are stupid. They don't believe in 'hexes.' Plus, they want me to put my magazines away."
"Today is National Marijuana Day. A day when...uh...wow, Wolf Blitzer is SO funny."
My only complaint is, for the price, it would be nice if the book had a bit more content. It's small and thin, somewhere in between one of those little gift books and a regular trade paperback and only a hundred pages with maybe about two or three tweets per page. So the list price is perhaps a bit steep for what's basically a glorified gift book, even if it is by Steve Martin. But if you're a Steve Martin fan like I am, it's worth it, especially if you can pick it up on sale like I did here. :)
The book is expensive, considering that I read it cover to cover in less than 30 minutes (but I take some solace in the fact that part of the proceeds go to charity.) It may not be a great value proposition but it is funny. To illustrate the variety of Martin's delightfully deranged sense of humor, I will close with a few random samples:
"At 6pm PST, starting overnight caviar on toast-points fast, giving up capers and diced hard-boiled egg yolk condiments."
"Like in The Da Vinci Code, today's tweets will contain secret, hidden [YO MAMA] messages for you to try and discover."
"Another secret message is hidden in this [BANANAS ARE HIGH IN POTASSIUM] tweet."
"Idiotic scalpers in Lexington, KY have tickets for my banjo show at $635. I suggest you stick photo of me on broom handle, play record."
Steve's still got it.
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Martin is an excellent writer.
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The one and only Steve Martin does it again! Aside from his stand-up career, film roles, and TV appearances, I've been a fan of Mr. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Mike Kimmel Scenes for Teens
Of course, Steve Martin is known as comic, a magician and an accomplished musician. Now add to that "Social Media Twitter-type Guy". Read morePublished 17 months ago by Bookhog
There were a number of times I was reading the tweets and couldn't help but laugh out loud. I was reading this on my Kindle app at a restaurant and I'm sure the looks I got were... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Stephen Moell
Short hilarious book by what turns out to be a pretty smart guy. You will read it in no time , but laugh for a long time. I guffawed and almost choked on my beer!Published 18 months ago by Reg Nordman
Very funny and the best bargain on Amazon. Great start for anyone looking to start with Kindle books.Published 18 months ago by ChumChum79