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Pure Drivel

ISBN-10: 078688505X
ISBN-13: 9780786885053
Edition: 1999 (Reprint)
Authors: Steve Martin
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Description: Steve Martins talent has always defied definition: a seasoned actor, a razor-sharp screenwriter, an acclaimed playwright, and, of course, the ingenious comedian who turned King Tut into a national craze. In this widely praised collection of  More...

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Book details

List price: $15.99
Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: Hyperion Press
Publication date: 10/6/1999
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 128
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.286
Language: English

Steve Martins talent has always defied definition: a seasoned actor, a razor-sharp screenwriter, an acclaimed playwright, and, of course, the ingenious comedian who turned King Tut into a national craze. In this widely praised collection of humourous riffs, Martin shows he is also a master of the written word. From a wildly imaginative meditation on who Lolita would be at age fifty to a send-up of the warning labels on medicine bottles, these pieces, many of which first appeared in The New Yorker, hilariously and intelligently skewer the topic at hand. Pure Drivel will have readers crying with laughterand marveling that in addition to all of his many talents, Steve Martin is also a superb writer. Like the fuzzy little puff of marabou on the instep of a coquettes satin bedroom slipper.... Martins book of diminutive, often hilarious essays [is].... effortless and silly even as its subtly erudite. Salon Martin is a gorgeous writer capable of being at once melancholy and tart, achingly innocent and astonishingly ironic. He is a master at revealing the surreal poetry in pure drivel. Elle

Steve Martin was born on August 14, 1945 in Waco, Texas. He studied at Long Beach State College. He has acted in such films as The Jerk; Roxanne; Planes, Trains and Automobiles; Bowfinger; Father of the Bride; Cheaper by the Dozen; and Shopgirl, which was adapted from a novel he wrote. He has won an Emmy for his comedy writing and Grammies for his comedy albums. He has made several appearances on The Tonight Show and Saturday Night Live. He has written several books including Shopgirl, Cruel Shoes, Pure Drivel, The Pleasure of My Company, and An Object of Beauty. He also wrote a play entitled Picasso at the Lapin Agile and a memoir entitled Born Standing Up. During the 1990s, he wrote various pieces for The New Yorker. In 2002, he adapted the Carl Sternheim play The Underpants, which ran Off-Broadway at Classic Stage Company and in 2008, co-wrote and produced Traitor. In 2013 he published a memoir entitled Born Standing Up: A Comic's Life. This book tells the story of his beginnings as a magician and comedian at a young age and follows through his career lifetime.

A Public Apology
Writing Is Easy!
Yes, in My Own Backyard
Changes in the Memory after Fifty
Mars Probe Finds Kittens
Dear Amanda
Times Roman Font Announces Shortage of Periods
Schrodinger's Cat
Taping My Friends
The Nature of Matter and Its Antecedents
The Sledgehammer: How It Works
The Paparazzi of Plato
Side Effects
Artist Lost to Zoloft
How I Joined Mensa
Michael Jackson's Old Face
In Search of the Wily Filipino
Bad Dog
Hissy Fit
Drivel
I Love Loosely
Lolita at Fifty
The Hundred Greatest Books That I've Read
Closure
The Y3K Bug
A Word from the Words

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