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... read more
“"The hissy fit is sustained throughout the day by an unpleasant cranial crowding of facts, comments, and sights, all of which must be simultaneously remembered, until the writer can unsheathe his computer and download his brain. Invited to the producer's house that evening for cocktails, the writer sees in the backyard of the subject's minivilla a gravity-defying bronze sculpture of a teen-on-a-swing, and a fiberglass rock over which a man-made waterfall flows. The writer now must chant over and over to himself, "remember the fiberglass rock." Eventually , the producer greets him and clasps his hand, capturing his audience. One sentence later, he intimately reveals that his therapy involves talking to a doll of himself. Now the writer, with hours to go before ten-thirty, when the party will sputter and die, must keep repeating to himself, "Remember the fiberglass rock, remember he talks to a doll . . . fiberglass rock, talks to doll, teen-on-a-swing." p.82”
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