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As the Matzo Ball Turns Paperback – March 20, 2012
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As an occasional customer of Rothstein's and the deli featured in As the Matzo Ball Turns, I found this book to be disturbingly fascinating along with punch-you-in-the-stomach funny. --Vincent Spano, Actor/Director (Alive, Oscar, Rumblefish)
As the Matzo Ball Turns is Day of the Locust with a side order of noodle kugel. It is a gonzo ten-year journey--in turns side-splittingly funny and heart wrenchingly sad--into the dark heart of the entertainment and restaurant business, seen through the jaundiced eyes of an aspiring actor turned waiter. This memoir will be chicken soup for the soul for anyone, anywhere, who has ever asked the eternal question, "Lord, how long must I wait?" --Robert Wallace, Former Editor, Rolling Stone Magazine
Rothstein's inside perspective of the harsh reality of pursuit intrinsic to the acting profession sheds a light on the dark side of Hollywood... frightening, harrowing, and with humor. --Deborah Miller, Hollywood Talent Agent/Manager
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The clientele frequenting the popular restaurant were the perfect scene for a colorful, humorous story and an inside evaluation into the minds of the Tinseltown stars. The Anthony Hopkins encounter was hilarious, and to learn he only tips 15% (with a salary like his) was pretty surprising! Some of the coincidental, somewhat serendipitous moments which Mr. Rothstein described were fascinating.
It took me a while to write this review after reading the book on a summer weekend. Coincidentally, as I'm writing it, his first "masturbation song" by REO is playing on my stereo. (I haven't heard that song in ages.)
My only complaint about this book is it ended abruptly, leaving you expect more, and it could have used a touch of "50 Shades".
This book was meant to be read by those who who dare to dream.
Jozef Rothstein smacks the Matzo ball out of the park with plenty of wit, grit and hilarity of the "in and out" celebrity crowd he encountered while waiting tables in a famous restaurant. It also details his travails during acting auditions, acting lessons and the strange hangers-on and bottom-of-the-barrel types in agents and managers. And that's only half of it. At the same time, he's flogging his screenplays around town and finds lots of success - for the other guy! [Has an interesting and compelling story about a certain studio which he claims ripped off his idea].
The best part of this book, to me at least, is in finding out (through his clues) that the restaurant he worked was one I frequented almost daily. And in that, I could figure out who some of the characters are that he mentions. This was a personal bit of fun for me, as he is spot-on with some of his wackier co-workers and customers.
Whether entering show business, hip deep in it or one who simply enjoys a humorous take on celebrity culture, Rothstein's adventures in La-La-Land will reward you.
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Here's a link from when the author was on our local show promoting it.