Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Cool stuff to read and listen to

What's entertaining me at the moment:

-Maybe We'll Have You Back: The Life of a Perennial TV Guest Star by Fred Stoller (audiobook). Just started, but interesting so far. I enjoy these insider looks at creative types and their process, or how they got to where they are. Stoller is in the category of someone doing just well enough that he doesn't quit, but not so well that he can stop struggling.

Good line: He wanted to have a lemonade stand as a kid, but his neurotic mother quashed the idea with, "What if it goes under? Don't do it, Freddie." I wish I couldn't relate so well to that kind of childhood.

This is a rare instance where an author who's in the entertainment biz doesn't narrate the audiobook himself. I have no idea why (maybe someone didn't like his test reading?), especially since he's an actor/comedian and one with a recognizable voice at that. However, the guy reading it does a fine job, it just takes time to stop thinking about how different he sounds from Stoller.

- The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin: I'm about halfway through and enjoy it, but it's not grabbing me as something I can't bear to put down. Nevertheless, it's a pleasant book, ideal for when you want a light, quick read. Those who like to read about beloved books and enjoy conversations with other book lovers will find some nice passages here.

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