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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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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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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. But other chapters just puzzled me, with tweets that just didn't strike a humorous or even thought-provoking chord in me.
If you're a diehard Steve Martin fan - as I am, although this review may not indicate it - you'll probably buy this anyway. Since I've heard plenty of people complain about the price of books these days, I feel obligated to remind potential buyers yet again (noted it above too) that there are relatively few pages and a small number of tweets per page. Consider this a "heads up" if you're the type to feel resentful that you've spent nearly ten bucks on a small book of one-liners.
As for me, I'm glad I had a chance to check it out. I'm loaning my copy (yes, you can do this with electronic editions) to friends for their take. I'll update my review if they feel significantly different about the book than I do. Since we all seem to enjoy different types of books (with occasional overlaps) there is certainly a chance of that.
Meanwhile, I'll be looking for Martin's next book and I'll probably pre-order and buy it. As far as I'm concerned, he still has more hits than misses.
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.
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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I read his novella, "Shopgirl" though I think he developed the characters and conflict further in the movie.Read more