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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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About the Author

Steve Martin is a legendary writer, actor, and performer. His film credits include Father of the Bride, Parenthood, The Spanish Prisoner, and Bringing Down the House, as well as Roxanne, L.A. Story, and Bowfinger, for which he also wrote the screenplays. He's won Emmys for his television writing and two Grammys for comedy albums. In addition to a play, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, he has written a bestselling collection of comic pieces, Pure Drivel, and a bestselling novella, Shopgirl, which was made into a movie. His work appears frequently in The New Yorker and The New York Times.
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Product Details

  • Flexibound: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing; Gift edition (February 21, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1455512478
  • ISBN-13: 978-1455512478
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.5 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #584,117 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.
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I usually have a difficult time enjoying writings by comedians - they quickly become boring, sometimes even warped as well. Steve Martin's "The Ten, Make That Nine . . ." is well organized, and truly enjoyable from start to finish. And that includes his introductory explanation of how the book came about and is organized.

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.
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Steve Martin is a brilliant humorist, and it's interesting to see him take on the challenge of delivering his brand of comedy within the limitations of the tweet format. Most of his tweets had me literally laughing out loud, and a few of the responses from his followers that are included are quite funny as well (though some of them aren't).

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. :)
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So, before reading this book I felt as though I would never start a Twitter account and that I had no desire to start one. But after reading this book I want to join Twitter just to follow my favorite comedians, including Steve Martin!
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Great, quick read that will have you laughing for sure. Cheered me up after stressful days and had me suppressing laughter on my morning commute on public transit. Definitely worth it. While they may just be tweets, it is curated in a way has brief narratives and isn't just a list of Steve Martin's twitter feed. I must say the overall design and illustrations add to the experience as well.
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This is a very short book of tweets from Steve Martin with numerous replies from his followers. Most of the tweets are funny, though a few of the plotlines (for lack of a better term) are only modestly amusing. The book provides insight into the strange comic thought processes of this great comedian, and sells his humor both to his old fans and a newer tech-savvy audience, both of which respond enthusiastically with their own tweets (which are occasionally funnier than the Martin tweets they are replying to.)

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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