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There's nothing pretentious or groundbreaking about the format, and that's perfect -- the structure stays out of the way of the fantastic (often hilarious, sometimes heartbreaking) content. The 11 members guide most of the story, but the supporting cast really helps contextualize the unique and sometimes impenetrable genius and friendship that bonded this crew.
I'm happy to report that The Union of the State joins this company. It's a comprehensive look at the hard work behind creative occupations and the personality traits that serve someone in a creative career; I seriously think you should give this book to any teen considering a path in the performing arts so they can see how much desire and discipline are required just to start. Or read it if you're in a creative field; it doubles as a how-to manual for doing creative work and finding the people you want to work with.
The Union of the State is admirably thorough -- author Corey Stulce tracks down former collaborators and he does not edit out disagreements -- and it covers a considerable breadth of subject matter over a nearly thirty-year history. And while Stulce does write plenty of contextual passages to introduce different sections of the book, he has good sense to get out of the way of his subjects and let them do the talking, and an even better skill of weaving together people's quotes into compulsively readable narrative.
Comedy nerds will love this. Nineties Nostalgia types will love this. And anyone looking to add to the oral-history-of-pop-culture library should enjoy it too.
It's really too bad that the interest isn't so high that a video version, with the actors and writers on camera speaking the text from the book, couldn't be created, as it would be just a fantastic thing to watch. But it would be hours and hours, due to the amazing amount of detail in here.
The editing of all these personal stories and thoughts must have been an enormous amount of work, and I'm really thrilled to get to read it. I hear the actors voices as I read along, and it makes it all that more interesting.
If you're a fan of the State you will absolutely love this book.
I liked the CBS chapter the best, it was so informative and interesting to hear the members re-tell the story all these years later with such honesty and some regret. The NYU years are really fascinating as well. TIP: You'll want to get your hands on the MTV series DVD for the great episode-by-episode section of the book. There's a bunch of great commentary that are only enhanced by the visuals!